By Jim Arnosky
Nonfiction picture book
Using life-sized paintings of animal tracks, this book reveals not only the sort of animal that makes the tracks, but ways to identify what the animal might have been doing when the tracks were made. A page of information describes the track characteristics and explains details about the family of animals on the spreads. Four fold-out pages open to show the actual size of the tracks in a side by side comparison. The art is realistic and lovely and the narrative text provides fascinating details about the tracks of a wide variety of animals found in the wild.
Of all the larger predators, wildcats are the most likely to use the same trails again and again.
Look up the animals listed on this page that are found in the book and examine their tracks. Then use the page to rank the tracks of the animals in order from smallest to largest.
Closely examine the feline tracks from the book. Make quantitative and qualitative observations about some of the feline tracks. Write a descriptive paragraph using the observations.
Qualitative observations-observations made by using your senses. Has the letter L in it so remind the students it is how it Looks.
Quantitative observations—observations made using measurements. Has an N in it so it has to do with Numbers.
More about animal tracks:
Animal Tracks and Signs: Track Over 400 Animals From Big Cats to Backyard Birds by Jinny Johnson and John A Burton
Who’s Been Here?: A Tale in Tracks by Fran Hodgkins
National Science Standard: Evidence, models, and explanation; change, constancy, and measurement