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A DAY AND NIGHT ON THE PRAIRIE A DAY AND NIGHT ON THE PRAIRIE
Common Core Connections
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Describe how the passage of time is shown throughout this book.
  • Key Ideas and Details: Explain the similarities and differences between diurnal and nocturnal animals on the prairie.
  • Key Ideas and Details: Name three diurnal predators on the prairie and their prey. Then name three nocturnal predators and their prey.
  • Children's Projects

    Make an animal classification chart. Divide a sheet of paper into five columns and label sections for fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. List animals in this book in each of the categories.

    Animal dioramas, mobiles or collages. Choose a theme such as night or day and create a scene inside a shoebox drawing pictures of animals from this book. Or, glue pictures of animals to heavy paper, cut them out, and hang them from a wooden dowel to make a mobile. Or, glue pictures of animals onto a large piece of paper to make a collage.

    Make paper plate masks of animals that live on the prairie.

    Draw with chalk on black paper to create pictures of prairie animals who are active at night.

    Other Books by Caroline Arnold in the Caroline Arnold's Habitats series
  • A Day and Night in the Desert
  • A Day and Night in the Rain Forest
  • A Day and Night in the Forest
  • Reviews
    School Library Connection (formerly Library Media Connection), January 16, 2016

    Colorful large cut paper illustrations of animals in their environments fill the pages of this series. The series, geared to early grade readers, describes in a story-like narrative the habitat and its inhabitants. Each spread is about a different hour of the day, a 24-hour cycle. Each time period presents what the animals, diurnal or nocturnal, are doing: waking up, singing, hunting, napping, burrowing, gathering food, interacting, or escaping a predator. There is very brief text on some pages with additional information about the animals; their weight, size, eating habits, and more. A world map showing the location of these different biomes is displayed, and so are fun facts and critical thinking using the Common Core. Glossary. Websites. Index. Recommended Reviewer: Madeleine Zember, Librarian and Special Education Teacher, Midway Jewish Center, Syosset, New York

    Children's Literature

    What happens in the early morning on the prairie? Prairie animals awaken to begin a new day. Prairie dogs sniff fresh air to get a take on whether it is safe to pop out to eat a breakfast of juicy grass. Orb-weaving spiders create webs to catch bugs to keep and eat later. Snakes like king snakes, garter snakes, and rattlesnakes slither through prairie grass. Other prairie animals such as odor releasing skunks, a long-clawed badger, antelope, meadowlarks, turtles, bison, hawks and more are featured in this book as they go about their daily and night time routine shown in a 24 hour cycle of life on the prairie. The book begins at 6:00 a.m. and progresses round the clock until 6:00 a.m. the next day. Common Core goals are available on one page of end material. So is a glossary with words like nocturnal and diurnal. Other resources are also listed and there is a page that answers the question of, "What is a prairie." Fact bars show up on some pages and give additional information to an already informative text that is didactic yet entertaining. Arnold's cut paper illustrations dress up all pages. This is one book in the "Caroline Arnold's Habitats" series. Young readers are sure to like all of the books. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury; Ages 5 to 8.