Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature


Bibliographic Information: Sidman, Joyce, and Beth Krommes. Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.

Brief Annotation: Swirl by Swirl explores the spirals that naturally occur in the environment. Some of the spirals the book includes are a snail’s shell, the web of a spider, and the trunk of an elephant.

Genre: Nature

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy learning about nature will enjoy Swirl by Swirl. The book offers realistic examples of spirals in the environment that students are able to recognize and make connections with.

Rating/Response: 4. I enjoyed Swirl by Swirl because it was beautifully illustrated and easy to make connections with. The book was also eye-opening. I never realized how many things in nature formed the shape of a spiral.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What is a spiral? What things in nature are in the shape of a spiral?

Reading Strategy: Science

Rationale for Strategy: Swirl by Swirl would be a great book to use when first introducing students to a unit on nature. The book will open the eyes of the students and make them more observant to the characteristics of nature that before they have may overlooked.

Posted by: Kelsey Peterson


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