How to be an Elephant Teaching Guide

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Our discussion guide for How to be an Elephant, an informative book on the giant creatures, contains various activities and questions to help guide the lesson. Use the pre-reading questions to gauge students' knowledge about elephants and enhance their understanding of the African Savanna. Once the class has read the book, our discussion questions will help guide the class conversation. Finish the lesson with common core activities that enhance critical thinking and vocabulary.
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How to be an Elephant
How to be an Elephant
Author: Katherine Roy
Illustrator: Katherine Roy

An infant elephant has precious little time to learn the incredible array of skills that are necessary to keep up, from projecting her voice across a 10-octave range to using the 100,000 muscles in her trunk to stay hydrated. But this giant-to-be has the perfect classroom--a family herd made up of her mother, sisters, cousins, and aunts. With their help and protection, she'll learn how to survive, how to thrive, and how to be an elephant. Award-winning author-illustrator Katherine Roy's How to Be an Elephant delves into the intricate family dynamics at play in a typical African herd. Drawing upon the latest scientific research and Roy's own expedition to Kenya, and brimming with lush watercolor illustrations and detailed diagrams, this book vividly portrays the life and development of an elephant from an uncertain newborn into a majestic adult. As informative as it is beautiful, Roy's unique portrait of an elephant's life will captivate young explorers and animal lovers alike.

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