Teaching Geography With Children’s Literature: I See A Kookaburra!


Let your students discover animals hiding in six different habitats around the world.  I See a Kookaburra!: Discovering Animal Habitats Around the World, coauthored by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, is a perfect way to engage your students in studying geography, environments, and animals.

Steve Jenkins beautifully illustrated this book using paper collage techniques.  The straightforward language entices students to continue reading to learn more about the animals they find hidden in each habitat.  The back of the book contains a world map pointing to the habitats and more detailed information on each habitat and animal.

“Scorching deserts and steamy rain forests, muddy ponds and salty oceans- animals are found almost every place on earth.”

“In the desert I see… a sharp-eyed kit fox leaving its burrow.”

Curriculum Connections
Use this book to discuss geography, life science, and habitats.  Themes in this book correlate with Virginia SOLs K.3-.5, 1.4-.5, 2.5, and 3.5.

Additional Resources

  • Steve Jenkins’s website includes information on his books, a video on how he makes them, on science, about him and more.
  • Teach this lesson to review ecosystems with your students.  You can vary it by having students label a map the locations of certain habitats.
  • Here are blank coloring pages for a map, a kookaburra, a hermit crab, a gila monster, a spider monkey, a serval, and a dragonfly.
  • Use this lesson to teach multiple strands including a geography section.  Scroll down the Armadillo Readers’ Choice Book List 2006-2007 page to the sixth book (I See a Kookaburra!) listed and click on the link.

Book: I See a Kookaburra!: Discovering Animal Habitats Around the World
Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Houghton Mifflin Company
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 32 pages
Grade Range: PreK-3
ISBN:    0618507647

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