Teaching Through Trade Books: Happy Birthday!by: Emily Morgan and Karen Ansberry

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This column includes activities inspired by children’s literature. This month’s issue uses the context of birthdays to explore observable patterns that result from Earth's revolution around the Sun.

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  • on Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:32 AM

We all have birthdays. Our picture perfect authors show us how to connect the annual revolution of our planet around the Sun to a delightful story about birthdays and a cake. Students then learn about different times of the year as they experience the most and the least amounts of sunlight each day. A 5 E lesson is provided for use with K-2 students, and another lesson is provided for 3-5 grade students. In the lesson for the older students, there is a graphing component. Students graph length of day data for their birthdays; then they do it for another location on Earth farther north from where they live. Many connections are made to the common core standards as students receive some instruction on basic earth-sun relationships.

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

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