by Ana María Rodríguez
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Beetles with BrawnMelissa Stewart
In the informational text "Beetles with Brawn," Melissa Stewart describes the strength of rhinoceros beetles.Pair “Beetles with Brawn” with “The Alligator’s Super Sense” to have students compare how scientists learn about the creatures they study. What experiments did Rodger Kram do to learn more about rhinoceros beetles? What experiments did Dr. Daphne Soares do to learn more about alligators? How do scientists learn more about the world around them?
A Matter of TasteJeanne Miller
In the informational text "A Matter of Taste," Jeanne Miller explains how the tongue, nose, and brain all contribute to taste.Pair “A Matter of Taste” with “The Alligator’s Super Sense” and have students compare how humans and animals use their senses. How do humans use their senses in “A Matter of Taste”? How do alligators use their senses in “The Alligator’s Super Sense”? How are the ways they use their senses similar and different?
Left BehindSusan Hall
In "Left Behind," a boy learns to use his senses to protect his village.Pair “Left Behind” with “The Alligator’s Super Sense” and have students compare the special senses of the young boy and the alligator. How does the young boy in “Left Behind” use his special senses? How do alligators use their special senses in “The Alligator’s Super Sense”? How do their special senses help them survive?
All Together Now, Fireflies!Anita Sitarski
In "All Together Now, Fireflies!," Anita Sitarski describes what scientists have learned about some of fireflies' most beautiful group performances.Pair “The Alligator’s Super Sense” with “All Together Now, Fireflies!” and ask students to compare the special things that both alligators’ and fireflies’ bodies can do. How do these special skills make sure that both alligators and fireflies continue to survive as a species?
Monkey TalkBart Rivers
In "Monkey Talk," scientist Dr. Cristiane Cäsar uses fake predators to try to decode titi monkey cries in Brazil.Pair “The Alligator’s Super Sense” with “Monkey Talk” and have students think about how scientists use their questions to create experiments. What did Dr. Soares wonder about alligators in “The Alligator’s Super Sense”? How did she figure out the answers to her questions? What did Dr. Cäsar wonder about titi monkeys in “Monkey Talk”? How did she figure out the answers to her questions? In your opinion, what is the most important character trait for someone who wants to be a scientist? Why?