Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children

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The flagship book in the Keepers of the Earth series, this environmental classic teaches children respect and stewardship for the Earth and all living things. Joseph Bruchac's lyrical retellings set the stage for Michael Caduto's abundance of related activities.

Beginning with Native American stories, this invaluable and time-honored resource provides readers with an abundance of hands-on activities that will inspire children to understand and ...

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Overview

The flagship book in the Keepers of the Earth series, this environmental classic teaches children respect and stewardship for the Earth and all living things. Joseph Bruchac's lyrical retellings set the stage for Michael Caduto's abundance of related activities.

Beginning with Native American stories, this invaluable and time-honored resource provides readers with an abundance of hands-on activities that will inspire children to understand and appreciate Native American cultures and the Earth.

Connects to social studies, science, environmental studies and other content areas.Uses a holistic approach suitable for all ages.Provides field-tested activities.Includes charts, illustrations and graphs to enhance the projects and concepts.

When the stories and activities in this book and its companion teacher's guide are followed carefully as children progress from kindergarten through the primary grades, roughly ages five through twelve years, they provide a complete program of study in the important concepts and topics of ecology and natural history. As the stories unfold and you help the children to bring the activities to life, a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the Earth and Native American cultures begins. These stories and activities weave together lessons both directly and through metaphors and have been enjoyed by families as well as in camp settings, nature centers, environmental education programs, public and private schools, library story hours, and in both rural and urban settings.

A selection of traditional tales from various Indian peoples, each accompanied by instructions for related activities dealing with aspects of the environment.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
All too often we forget that long before Columbus or any other European arrived on the North American continent, there were hundreds of tribes of native Americans who lived here. These peoples had a fascinating tradition of storytelling. The authors have taken this tradition a step further and put these stories together in a book for all of us to share. The stories are wonderfully and simply told and have been collected from all over the country. Following each story, the reader will encounter a Topic section and an Activity section. The topic section includes a discussion suggestion and questions about the story that has just been told. The activity section varies greatly from story to story. Each activity has been put together with a great deal of thought and care, integrating the project with current school curricular activities. This is a wonderful tool for teachers who want to remind our children of our cultural heritage and our need to care for our environment. 1997, Fulcrum,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555913854
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Keepers Series
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 434,179
  • Age range: 6 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Joseph Bruchac, coauthor of The Keepers of the Earth series, is a nationally acclaimed Native American storyteller and writer who has authored more than 70 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and children. He lives in upstate New York. Michael J. Caduto is an award-winning author, master storyteller, poet, musician, educator, and ecologist. He has received numerous awards, including the New York State Outdoor Education Association's Art and Literary Award, New England's Regional Award for Excellence in Environmental Education, the American Booksellers' "Pick of the List" Award, and the Association of Children's Booksellers' Choice Award, among others.
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