ABSTRACT

This chapter describes lives in two different kinds of grasslands, namely African savannas and North American prairies. It explains Water Hole Waiting, which is a fictional story told from a young monkey’s point of view, and Out on the Prairie, which is a nonfiction counting book that highlights a broad range of creatures that live and interact on a prairie. Some of the vocabulary in Water Hole Waiting may be unfamiliar to second graders, especially English language learners. When an unfamiliar word (foraging, cartwheels) arises, write it on an index card and encourage the students to guide them in creating a sketch to help them remember what the word means. Water Hole Waiting takes place at the beginning of the dry season, when it hardly rains at all and water is getting harder to find.