By Daniel A. Kriesberg

ISBN-10: 1563085658

ISBN-13: 9781563085659

Celebrating within reach nature and the marvels of our personal backyards, this ebook is helping you introduce young ones to the realm round them. With caliber kid's literature and straightforward actions, you could domesticate a kid's experience of ask yourself and pleasure and train her or him the significance of residing in concord with nature. those initiatives span the curriculum and are awarded in reproducible layout, so they're effortless to exploit. Highlighting the 5 senses (sight, sound, odor, style, touch), they construct connections among scholars and the land and create in younger rookies a feeling of place-a precise necessity for residing on this planet at the present time. Grades K-6.

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Seeds are dispersed by wind, water, and animals.  Find seeds in the fall, and the students can guess how they are dispersed. Plants must produce many extra seeds because most of them end up in places they cannot grow.  They overpopulate the habitat due to the lack of competition.  It takes a long time for soil to form.  This can also lead to a discussion of the animals that used to live in the area and are now extinct.  Discuss what the tree saw in the local history of the community standing there for all those years.

A mushroom or fungus. Animal scat. A stick that looks like a letter (besides "l" or "I"). A bird song. Something about which you have a question. Animal bones. A seed. A spiral­shaped object. A seed spread by wind or animal. Two stones that fit together. Natural objects to make music. Something unimportant to the forest (there isn't anything). Something you think is interesting.  A fun homework assignment is a take­home scavenger hunt.  The children can write labels for the items they collect and display.

The students make a check for each shape they find and, if possible, collect the rock, leaf, or branch that shows the shape.  The difference can be striking.  Use coordinate geometry to place trees and other features on the maps.  Seeing patterns helps children understand what is going on.  The addition of a hand lens opens a whole new world of patterns for those who look carefully.  There are Fibonaccis in art, architecture, music, and technology.  Learning the features of the place is an important part of understanding how the place works and the environment's effect on people and their culture.

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