I’m linking up with Collaboration Cuties with one of my all-time favorite books—The Great Kapok Tree.
Two men walk into the Amazon rainforest with the intention of cutting down a large kapok tree. While the one man takes a nap, several animals come up to him and whisper in his ear reasons to not cut down the tree. This book helps students understand how the simple act of cutting down one tree can affect so many different species of animals. The author even leaves a note for the readers at the end about the importance of rainforests and how we need to help protect them.
This is a great book to read while studying ecosystems—rainforests in particular. It also lends itself to so many important reading strategies—questioning, main idea, and cause and effect. I’ve also used it as a mentor text for persuasive writing since each animal gives a reason for the man to save the tree. I’ve had students write a letter to the man convincing him to not cut down the tree. This would be a perfect book to read for Earth Day tomorrow as well!