Teaching Through Trade Books: Focusing on Earth’s Featuresby: Christine Anne Royce

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This column includes activities inspired by children’s literature. This month’s issue shows that allowing students to use both photographs and information presented through technology helps them begin to construct an understanding of landforms and bodies of water and use models to describe these concepts.

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  • on Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:18 AM

The article uses literature to explore the Earth’s features. The lessons and the books within the article allow students to begin to explore and construct an understanding of the different regions of the Earth’s features which contains different landforms. I like the way the article has two books that connect to each of the two lessons presented. One of the lessons is intended for grades K-2 and the other lesson is intended for grades 3-5. The lessons are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) therefore for kindergarten to second grade the lesson incorporates a hands-on experience were the information learned is used to build models that identifies and represents the shapes, kind of land, and bodies of water were water is found on Earth. Whereas for older kids the concept is more complex and they are asked to apply their understanding of landforms by identifying the patterns of Earth’s features using a map. It is useful for teachers since it gives them lessons that apply the 5E model step by step and also aligns it to the NGSS standards.

Yolanda Rodriguez  (Los Angeles, CA)
Yolanda Rodriguez (Los Angeles, CA)

  • on Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:53 PM

Wow! This looks in depth and has great information. I look forward to trying this on my 5th grade field!

Randi Johnson
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