Teaching Through Trade Books: Exploring Your Environmentby: Christine Anne Royce

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February is one of those months that is at the halfway point between the cold of the winter and the promise of the spring. It also offers a great time for students to begin to make initial observations about an area and then follow this area through the changes that will occur over the next several months. This month's column focuses on exploring your environment no matter where one resides--country, city, or suburb. A corresponding activity is included with this article.

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  • on Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:48 PM

This is a great article to read if you are looking for ways to help students make year-round connections to their natural surroundings as they practice their journal-writing skills. A lesson plan called “A Rainbow Hunt” is provided for K-3rd graders, and 4-6th graders are invited to “Find Your Own Special Place” as they examine a habitat and how it changes over time. The article also shares a couple of trade books that can be used to provide a literacy connection. One is called, “I Took a Walk” by Henry Cole. It is about a boy walking through the woods and making observations about the animals he sees. “Secret Place” by Eve Bunting is the second book mentioned. This beautifully illustrated children’s book depicts a city boy finding his corner of nature amongst the smokestacks, freeways, and skyscrapers

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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