How to be a Nature
Detective by Millicent Simms offered many opportunities to
compare and contrast the tracks of domestic animals as well as of
those that live in the wild. The children read the selection
independently. They then had to look at the animal tracks that
were in the snow and compare and contrast the tracks. We
learned that when you compare or contrast things in writing, there
are special clue words to use. Clue words such as like or same
show comparison. Clue words such as but or unlike show
contrasts. We wrote sentences using the clue words to compare
and contrast some of the animal tracks in the snow.
The raccoon tracks have 5 toes, unlike
the deer that has hooves.
You can see the fingers on the raccoon tracks, but
not on the deer tracks.
The footprints of a fox are in a single line, like
a cat’s footprints.
But they have claw marks, like
A cat’s tracks show four feet and sharp claws, but
so does a dog’s
Unlike the frog, a snake makes one long
track in the snow.
A dog’s tracks look almost the same
as a cat’s tracks.
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