by Linda Zajac
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.
Growing Trees for KenyaElizabeth Cregan
In the informational text "Growing Trees for Kenya" Elizabeth Cregan discusses Wangari Maathai's efforts to combat deforestation in Kenya and around the world.Pair “Growing Trees for Kenya” with “What Good is the Big Bad Wolf” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the delicate balance in nature. What happens when the wolves are removed from the elk’s habitat? How does this compare to the results of cutting down trees in Kenya? How were humans responsible for the imbalances in nature explored in both texts?
Can't We All Just Get Along?BirdBrain Science
This informational text discusses the diverse interactions of organisms that can be mutually beneficial.Pair “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” with “What Good is the Big Bad Wolf?” and ask students to discuss the different animal relations explored in each text. How do both texts show how delicate animal communities are? What do students think would happen if one of the species in a symbiotic relationship was removed from their habitat like the wolves in “What Good is the Big Bad Wolf?” Why?
The Three Little PigsJoseph Jacobs
In this classic fable, three pigs each attempt to build houses that will protect them from the wicked schemes of a hungry wolf.Pair “The Three Little Pigs” with “What Good is the Big Bad Wolf?” to provide students with the fairytale that is discussed in the text. Ask students to discuss how the wolf is portrayed in each text. Why do students think that wolves have often been portrayed negatively? How could learning more about wolves help change people’s opinions about them?
The Cod Industry: Lifeblood of NewfoundlandAnn Stalcup
In the informational text "The Cod Industry: Lifeblood of Newfoundland," Ann Stalcup discusses the cod industry in Newfoundland.Pair “What Good is the Big Bad Wolf?” with “The Cod Industry: Lifeblood of Newfoundland” to provide students with information about wolves’ roles in the food chain and their habitat. Ask students to compare how wolf and cod populations diminished. Why are wolves important to the food chain and their environment? What role do students think cod play in their food chain and environment? What other species are likely affected by cod’s diminished numbers?
Toad-ally Taking OverJacqueline Pratt-Tuke
In "Toad-ally Taking Over," Jacqueline Pratt-Tuke describes how the cane toad became an invasive species in Australia.Pair “What Good is the Big Bad Wolf?” with “Toad-ally Taking Over” and have students think about the impact animals have on their environment. How do the wolves impact the environment in Banff National Park? How do cane toads impact the environment in Australia? What happens to the environment when you add or take away different species?