Building Character with True Stories from Nature

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This flexible resource combines character education with analogies to powerful stories from nature. The heart of each of the book’s 25 lessons is an engaging story, written to kids, describing a particular animal or plant and its distinctive qualities. Busy classroom teachers will like this book’s accessibility and flexibility. Kids can read a story individually or in groups, or follow along as the teacher reads it aloud. Accompanying each story, teachers will find several activities—most of them quick, easy, and...

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Overview

This flexible resource combines character education with analogies to powerful stories from nature. The heart of each of the book’s 25 lessons is an engaging story, written to kids, describing a particular animal or plant and its distinctive qualities. Busy classroom teachers will like this book’s accessibility and flexibility. Kids can read a story individually or in groups, or follow along as the teacher reads it aloud. Accompanying each story, teachers will find several activities—most of them quick, easy, and requiring few supplies—that further investigate animals or plants and the connections between their qualities and human behaviors. Every lesson examines several main character traits, providing starting points and sample questions for discussing and exploring analogies between events in nature and human acts of character. Features include a chart cross-referencing lessons to specific character traits and a list of further resources. Digital content contains more than 75 reproducible forms, a complete bonus lesson, and a color photograph of each animal and plant.

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Editorial Reviews

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2014 Teachers’ Choice Award Winner in the “For the Classroom” category by Learning Magazine!

“Barbara Lewis weaves factual information with down-to-earth, applicable activities and discussions to encourage students’ appreciation for nature, while building their power to observe and to understand people and their world as multi-dimensional. Throughout, Lewis is respectful of children’s capacity to discuss important issues and form their own opinions.”—Silvia Blitzer Golombek, Ph.D., senior vice president, Youth Service America

“Lewis introduces fascinating aspects of the natural world—its constructive and destructive power—to young students in a way that reaches beyond knowledge acquisition. She shows teachers how to build bridges to the inner worlds of children with analogical thinking, reflective questions, and thoughtful conversations that nourish not only their understanding but their agency. If you want to use learning as a way to develop your students’ character, intrinsic motivation, and an ethically grounded relationship with the world, this is the guide you need.”—Diane Stirling, professional development coordinator of CHARACTERplus® and coauthor of Character Education Connections for School, Home, and Community

Building Character with True Stories from Nature is filled with fascinating depictions and insightful analogies to support character development . . . This book should be a staple in every school’s social-emotional learning curriculum.”—Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, director of the Gifted Development Center

“Engaging stories, character connections, and high-level thinking make a powerful combination in this resource, which will be enjoyed by teachers as well as children.”—Julia Roberts, Ed.D., executive director, The Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University

“Creatively weds character education with analogies from nature to help teachers promote both deep learning and positive character development in students . . . this synergy is just what education should be.”—Marvin W. Berkowitz, Ph.D., director, Sanford N. McDonnell Leadership Academy for Character Education for School Principals

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575424187
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/27/2012
  • Edition description: Book with Digital Content
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 402,497
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara A. Lewis is an award-winning author and educator who teaches kids how to think and
solve real problems. Her students at Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, initiated
the cleanup of hazardous waste, improved sidewalks, planted thousands of trees, and fought
crime. They instigated and pushed through several state laws and an amendment to a national
law, garnering 10 national awards, including two President’s Environmental Youth Awards, the
Arbor Day Award, the Renew America Award, and Pledge and a Promise Environmental Award.
Barbara’s other books include What Do You Stand For? For Kids, The Kid’s Guide to Social Action,
The Teen Guide to Global Action, and The Survival Guide for Teachers of Gifted Kids. She lives
in Park City, Utah.

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Table of Contents

List of Reproducible Pages

Introduction

Creating Good Habits in the Brain

Learning Through Analogies

Building Character with Analogies

Why Use True Stories from Nature?

Making Analogies Work for You

How to Use This Book

Lesson 1: Apes

Lesson 2: Bamboo

Lesson 3: Box Jellyfish

Lesson 4: Bristlecone Pine Trees

Lesson 5: Cats

Lesson 6: Coconut Crabs

Lesson 7: Crows

Lesson 8: Cuttlefish

Lesson 9: Dandelions

Lesson 10: Dogs

Lesson 11: Dolphins

Lesson 12: Dragonflies

Lesson 13: Elephants

Lesson 14: Fireflies

Lesson 15: Horses

Lesson 16: Metalmark Moths

Lesson 17: Nerium Oleanders

Lesson 18: Parrots

Lesson 19: Penguins

Lesson 20: Pigs

Lesson 21: Quaking Aspen Trees

Lesson 22: Squirrels

Lesson 23: Turkeys

Lesson 24: Venus Flytraps

Lesson 25: Wolves

Further Resources

Index

About the Author

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

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    I love this book and I'm looking forward to going through it nex

    I love this book and I'm looking forward to going through it next year with all 5 of the kids that I homeschool. HOWEVER the reason it didn't get a full 5 stars is because 2 of the chapters in the book are not included in the PDF file on the DVD that comes with the book. I spoke with the publisher and apparently they just aren't there. However, they are looking into updating the pdf to include the stories.

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

    This latest book from Barbara Lewis is another educational and e

    This latest book from Barbara Lewis is another educational and entertaining work from a great author. The book is a useable tool to help children (and adults) understand and develop good character traits. The illustration of various traits in the context of animals, plants, bugs, and fish, helps students remember these qualities. The listed activities are a useful way for students to internalize the qualities and understand how they play out in real life.

    I would recommend this book to parents and teachers of elementary-aged children. It could also be adapted for the use of older students.

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