Fractals are defined as shapes that exhibit self-similarity and high complexity. These shapes appear in many different forms throughout nature. This high-interest nonfiction reader introduces students to fractals, and teaches them new concepts and vocabulary terms including fractal compression, Mandelbrot set, constructual law, logarithmic spiral, Archimedean spiral, dendritic patterns, venation patterns on leaves, and more. Developed by Timothy Rasinski-a leading expert in reading research-this purposefully leveled text guides students to increased fluency and comprehension of nonfiction text. The complex text structure adds rigor and allows students to delve deeply into the subject matter. The images support the text in abstract ways to challenge students to think more deeply about the topics and develop their higher-order thinking skills.
Informational text features include a table of contents, sidebars, captions, bold font, an extensive glossary, and a detailed index to further understanding and build academic vocabulary. The Reader's Guide and Try It! culminating activity require students to connect back to the text, and provide opportunities for additional language-development activities. Aligned with state standards, this text connects with McREL, WIDA/TESOL standards and prepares students for college and career.