I'm so glad You're Here!

What If You Had Animal Hair?! with a Freebie!

Oh how I love children’s books! I always get so very excited to use new read alouds with my little friends and with the Common Core emphasizing the need for more non fiction, it is so great when I find a really wonderful text. What if you had Animal Hair!? by Sandra Markle is exactly that. Her stories are so engaging and full of facts that students just love. The illustrations are outstanding and the comparison to a kid having the same kind of hair really gets my students thinking about what is different from their own hair. 

Screen+Shot+2014 02 23+at+12.29.19+PM

 While we read the story, we made a list on the board of some of the different animals and facts about those animals.

Screen+Shot+2014 02 23+at+12.25.54+PM
Common Core Alignment:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.2 With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Then each of my friends chose an animal to focus on and filled out this page about their animal. They drew a picture of themselves and added hair to match the animal. Then they wrote three facts about each animal. After everyone was finished, they shared their pictures and facts with the group.  Their illustrations were so cute and matched right up with the text! 
Screen+Shot+2014 02 23+at+12.24.46+PM

If you have this book in your classroom, feel free to download this page and use it with your friends too…grab the freebie here!

Screen+Shot+2014 02 23+at+12.40.12+PM

Last year I posted about another book by Sandra Markle following the same theme: What if you had Animal Teeth!? I seriously love these stories and so do my little friends! My little friends used pictures of themselves and added their own animal teeth to their faces. They then wrote three facts about the animal they chose. I love both of these stories because they are very entertaining, non fiction text that are full of new facts!  You can read more about what I did with this text here.

Screen+Shot+2014 02 23+at+12.43.47+PM
Thanks to Erin at I’m Lovin’ Lit for the background!

Thanks to Amanda over at Teaching Maddeness for hosting her Must Read Monday linky and Charity over at Classroom Freebies Too for her Manic Monday linky!

Must-Read Monday Linky
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Have a great day!


Aylin Claahsen

Aylin Claahsen

Providing resources and support to engage all readers.

5 Responses

  1. Thanks for developing and sharing such great activities! Guess what's coming in January, 2015? WHAT IF YOU HAD ANIMAL FEET!? Here's wishing you and your children lots of fun with that one!

Leave a Reply

Hi, I'm Aylin!

I’m so happy you’re here! I’m a certified reading specialist who loves talking all things literacy. I have a huge passion for providing resources and support to engage all readers!


Join the List

fluency passages freebie

Fluency Freebies!

Sign up for our newsletter and receive a set of fluency passages to help you incorporate fluency into your routine.

Recent Posts