Blue Whales and Buttercups

Blue Whales and Buttercups invites students to consider the diversity of life on Earth. The photographs and informative captions in the book show many examples of ways in which organisms are different; the text explains that living things can differ in size, how they move, and how they protect themselves. At the same time, living things also share many characteristics, and these similarities help scientists classify organisms into groups. The book provides context for the unit through a virtual tour of some of the amazing living things on Earth. It provides many examples of characteristics for students to draw upon in order to understand that living things are different in many ways and the same in others.