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It’s Spring! Can You Speak Rhinoceros?

Spring is a time of baby animals in nature and on farms ! And that means it’s time to explore animal sounds and movements!  Celebrate the coming of spring and get children “moo-ving” with these baby animal songs and activities or an animal sounds jamboree.  Children love to stretch their imaginations and, in the words of Bobby Darrin, speak rhinoceros, talk elephant, eagle, buffalo, and beagle….It’s great for vocal chords, pre-reading, and imaginative play!

But don’t despair if you don’t speak rhinoceros. For those of us not yet versed in animal speak, there are—thank goodness—new Knowledge Quest! Animals collections for toddlers through Grade 3 that cover a variety of wild and domesticated animals, including their sounds and movements to their habitats, ecosystems, food chains and webs, and, of course, classification.

The Knowledge Quest! Read-Aloud Collections have been curated and each come with an accompanying guidebook—developed by literacy experts at Scholastic Book Clubs to help parents, teachers, and schools successfully target the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and have fun doing it!  These thematic collections incorporate relevant CCSS exemplar texts, other carefully chosen fiction and nonfiction titles, and include a guidebook of engaging activities to help you get children Common Core ready.

Each affordably-priced collection builds systematically builds knowledge and vocabulary within and across grade levels, so check out more than one collection for a fascinating rumble through the animal kingdom:

For toddlers through age four:
The Animals Are Amazing! collection helps children identify a variety of animals by their appearance, sounds, and movements, as well as by their homes and habitats. Farms and Farm Animals, Oh My! takes a lively look at the life of the people, plants, and animals that live on farms. Children learn to discover and describe common farm animals, plants, landscapes, and buildings.

For Grades PreK–K:
Let’s Visit a Farm! jumps into the hustle and bustle of farm life with lively read-aloud fiction and nonfiction texts, and a bank of fun activities. The Animals and Their Needs collection explores the diversity of animals, what animals need to survive, and introduce animal habitats.

Children in Grades K–1 study animals’ life cycles and habitats. Learn where and how numerous animals around the world live in Land Animals and Their Habitats. Make a splash and discover freshwater and saltwater animals with the Underwater Life collection. InvestigateWhat Are Insects? to find out the distinguishing characteristics of the largest group of animals on earth.

Finally, children in Grades 2–3 learn about the stages of animals’ growth and how adult animals protect their young in Life Cycles. They become insect detectives with the texts and activities in Interesting Insects Are Everywhere! What makes one group of animals the same, or different from another? Find out with the Classifying Animals collection.

The Animals Read-Aloud Collections, along with the many other themed collections to follow, will help children develop a solid foundation of knowledge across a variety of topics, build vocabulary, improve reading comprehension, and make learning fun—putting them on a path to college readiness! We invite you to learn more at scholastic.com/knowledgequest.

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