Scientific Names, Pet Names, Your Name…Books that Spark this Discussion


Cute K-2 story, but what I liked best was the additional information after the story, where a scientist explains how adorabilis got its name. After reading this, I would re-read the story and discuss the names of the other ocean animals, taking a closer look at their features, explaining that scientists observe closely in order to identify, group, and name species. Students could then look into how their favorite animal received their name.

You could also follow it up with this story…


And even though there are no strong science ties, it does have a personal connection to family pets and naming in general. To name is a personal and historical act. And on that note, this is also one of my favorites:


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