The Story: An insightful non-fiction narrative about what giant pandas eat, how much they eat, how they became endangered, and what humans are now doing to help. Adorable images of pandas make this a favorite in our collection.
Bonus Quizzes: “Saving the Pandas” includes quizzes for students to practice core vocabulary and build comprehension. Stars with points are collected and a final result displayed at the end.
Language support: “Saving the Pandas” is narrated by native speakers in Mandarin, Spanish or English. Every word or word phrase is highlighted when spoken so it is easy for the reader to follow along. Switch easily between languages on any page.
Extra language scaffolding: Every word in the story is also clickable! Click the word once to hear it in the target language. Double-click the word to hear and read the translation. At the end of the story, every word clicked is saved in an interactive vocabulary list for review.
Teacher to Teacher: Using fairly basic language, “Saving the Pandas” introduces learners to the concept of how important habitats are to protect animals in nature. Included are facts about the amount of food pandas eat, referencing weights in both pounds and kilograms.
Extension: “Saving the Pandas” might be a way to introduce a discussion about what other animals like to eat. Younger students might draw a picture of their favorite animal and then talk about what they eat. More advanced learners may enjoy a discussion about other animals that are endangered and what can be done to save them.
Word count: 103
Grammar:Present tense, Past tense
Focus Vocabulary: Panda, Bamboo, To Eat, To Save, World, Hand