Grade Levels: 3-5 Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts
Students read Skip School, Fly to Space and make notes about the characters in the text. Students vote for their favorite character, create a class graph showing the results, and analyze the graph. Students then use a prewriting graphic organizer to list reasons that a particular character is their favorite and examples from the text. Finally, students write opinion pieces explaining why that character is their favorite, stating clear reasons and examples to support their opinions.
Grade Levels: 3-7 Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts
The Crocs have more bite than brains and eat more takeout food than living prey, but it doesn’t stop them from cooking up hilariously harebrained schemes to eat their helpless Zebra neighbor. Other characters from the Pearls Before Swine comic add to the story’s fun, including know-it-all Rat, slow-witted but kind Pig, and intellectual Goat.
Grade Levels: 2-6 Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Art
With age-appropriate dark humor, a cast of animal characters explore fun, fear, friendship and life. Heading the cast is Rat, a mean-spirited rodent who lives with the trusting and simple-minded Pig. Their supporting cast includes the highly intellectual Goat; the meek and defenseless Zebra; and the hungry and incompetent Crocs.