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The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer

The Salamander Room (1991)

by Anne Mazer, Lou Fancher (Illustrator), Steve Johnson (Illustrator)

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This is a cute book for kindergarteners to read. It is about a young boy who finds a salamander and wants to keep it as a pet. Throughout the book, his mom asks him questions about how he will take care of it and it leads to a series of ideas. This book can be used to teach the children about the different ecosystems and what different plants and animals need to survive. You can talk to the students about how all living things need, food, water, and space to live. Students can compare and contrast what they need to live compared to what another animal may meed to live. You can have the students follow along in their notebooks and create a chain of what the different animals and plants will need as Brian tries to make a plan for the salamander to survive. You can teach the students how different plants and animals need each other in order to survive. By looking at the chain of items and animals that Brian was going to need just to keep the salamander alive and happy, it shows how everything in nature connects and relies on each other to live. This is a good book to use for young students so they can start to see how things are connected. You can also use this book to show students how Brian's imagination was working based on what he already knew. He was able to imagine turning his room into a habitat for a salamander because he knew what it needed to survive. You can go back and walk through the pictures to emphasize how he continued to add onto his ideas. You can have students do something similar to what Brian did. You can have them choose one animal and have them make a list or a chain of what they think they would need in order to create a good habitat for their animal. This will help them practice making connections. Kindergarten standards: 4, 7(This is one of your books)
  SarahSchuster | Feb 4, 2016 |
Excellent! A story that shows how we can teach by asking questions (wondering) with children to help them draw their own conclusions. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
This book would be great for making real life connections. Applying this to life and how we know the habitats of animals.
  AMaffett | Apr 30, 2014 |
This book can be used when trying to get your readers to get a mental snapshot of what is happening when they read. Readers can use graphic organizers to write what they think the room will look like, or draw it, based on the writers description. Then readers can compare their predictions with the pictures.
  nicholas.oinonen | Apr 29, 2014 |
The salamander room is a book that can be used when trying to teach students about the importance of visualization while reading a book. This means that you are teaching the students to read to understand the words on the page, not to just look at the pictures. This is a good book to use for all grades, especially if they are having trouble with visualization. This can be read and then the students can have a grand conversation about it.
  dch018 | Apr 27, 2014 |
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Anne Mazerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fancher, LouIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, SteveIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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For Mollie. -- A. M.
For Joel, Erin, Dale, and Tessa, and a special thanks to Dave R. -- S. J. & L. F.
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Brian found a salamander in the woods. It was a little orange salamander that crawled through the dried leaves of the forest floor.
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A boy finds a salamander in the woods and imagines the many things he can do to turn his room into a perfect salamander home. Together, Anne Mazer and Steve Johnson have created a woodland paradise that any salamander would love to share with a child.

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A young boy finds a salamander and thinks of the many things he can do to make a perfect home for it.

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