By Helen Frost
Photos by Rick Lieder
Candlewick Press, 2012
Grades PreK and up
“Step gently out,
a single blade
Gentle words carry the reader through a rhyming poem celebrating the beauty of insects and arachnids who share our world, if only you’ll look around. The words glide across the pages of up-close, beautiful photographs and it brings the reader along, too.
The praying mantis photograph is one of my favorites. The back matter includes a paragraph of information about each of the insects and orb spider mentioned in the poem. This lovely book will bring a hush to the listeners and provides an intimate, close-up view of the life hiding right under our eyes.
Make a chart showing the differences between an insect and a spider. Illustrate or use words to show the differences.
Then write words that help describe insects and spiders and the ways in which they are alike and different
This site has an excellent explanation of the differences for young children.
This site has information and a lesson about spiders and insects.
This site has an explanation of the differences.
A Fuse Eight Production has a more comprehensive review for Step Gently Out
100 Scope Notes has a lovely review and a suggestion for Step Gently Out. Great idea!
National Science Standards: LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, energy, and dynamics
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.4 Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.6 Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7 Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.