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Author: Schaefer, Lola M.
Illustrator: Meisel, Paul
Publisher: Holiday House
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9780823435555
Grades: K-6

Run for Your Life!: Predators and Prey on the African Savanna

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On the savanna, animals sleep.
What starts out as a quiet, peaceful looking environment, changes quickly as the animals awaken.  As the animals strive for food and survival, they move in different ways trying to avoid being prey or striving to be find prey.  This ‘real-life game of hide-and-seek’ introduces young readers to the eco-system of the savanna as they follow animals who live there.  The colours of this book mimic the golden colours of the savanna itself.  Young children will enjoy learning to identify the different animals found in the illustrations, along with their actions.  Background information about the savanna and the speed of the animals is provided at the back of the book.
The rich use of action verbs throughout this book, makes it ideal for teaching children how to improve their vocabulary in writing.  Students may model writing about another ecosystem’s animals, using verbs which depict their actions. Classes might wish to create a list of action verbs for use in writing, following a read-aloud of this resource.
Young children could enjoy acting out the actions of the animals in gym class to better understand the vocabulary introduced in this brief, but rich resource. Suitable a host of Alberta Curriculum topics which the book can provide a model for a host of topics;

  • Grade 2 Science: Small Crawling and Flying Animals
  • Grade 5 Science: Wetland Wonders
  • Grade 6 Science: Flight
  • Grade 4 Social Studies: Alberta The Land
  • Grade 5 Social Studies: Canada The Land
  • 6+1 Writing Choice: Vocabulary
  • Mathematics: Measurement (km) comparing animal speed.


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