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Mammoth & Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

Last updated Monday, March 26, 2012

Author: Cheryl Bardoe
Date of Publication: 2010
ISBN: 081098413X
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Apr. 2012

Synopsis: Mammoths and mastodons roamed the earth for more than a million years, and then suddenly went extinct. What was everyday life like for these colossal cousins of the modern elephant? What did they eat? How did they fit into their Ice Age landscape? Why did they disappear? These questions and more are answered in this fascinating book that presents the latest research, drawing on the recent discovery of a fully frozen baby mammoth—which has allowed scientists to learn more than they ever could have known just from studying bones and fossils. Profusely illustrated, Mammoths and Mastodons features photographs of archaeological digs, scientists at work in the field and in labs, and archival relics. Specially commissioned artwork also brings the story of mammoths and mastodons to life. The book includes a bibliography, a glossary, and an index.

Note to readers:
•  Bring attention to these sections while reading:
-Did dinosaurs and mammoths live at the same time? Pg 6
-Mammoth Name Game, Pg. 9
-Proboscidean Family Tree, Pg. 12
-Piecing together mammoth reality, Pg.19

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What is the Ice Age?
•  What are some animals that lived during the Ice Age?

•  Nomadic: Wandering
•  Extinct: No longer existing
•  Convince: To Persuade
•  Tundra: Cold desert
•  Preserved: Saved over time
•  Pondered: Thought about
•  Theories: Well-reasoned ideas
•  Paleontologist: Scientist who works with fossils
•  Ice Age: Era when the Earth was covered mostly with ice
•  Fossil: Very old animal or plant remains
•  Proboscidea: Group of large animals (includes mammoths, mastadons, elephants)
•  Frigid: Freezing
•  Adolescence: Youth

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How were the wooly mammoth's parts intact?

Craft ideas:
•  Mammoth stick puppet: Tape a popsicle stick to a toilet paper roll. Decorate the roll to look like a mammoth with tusks and a trunk.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!