Informational (nonfiction) 1,394 words, Level W (Grade 4), Lexile 1040L.Mount Kilimanjaro began as a volcano in eastern Africa more than two million years ago. Today, it draws thousands of tourists a year to the border region of Tanzania and Kenya. The mountain rises through several different ecosystems--from forests to glaciers--providing habitats for a wide variety of life forms. Mount Kilimanjaro provides students a look at the different aspects of the world's tallest freestanding mountain. The book can also be used to teach students how to understand cause-and-effect relationships and the proper use of possessive nouns.
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