Literature-Based Science: Children's Books and Activities to Enrich the K-5 Curriculum / Edition 1

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When you combine science instruction with the enjoyment of literature you achieve new learning dimensions. The ideas, selected books, and exciting activities described in Literature-Based Science allow you to make learning about science interesting. The book is organized by grade levels, with each level divided into thematic units. Student objectives are clearly stated for each science theme, followed by a fully annotated list of the best children's books that use science as part of their stories. The authors also describe related activities and follow-up activities that help make reading and learning fun. This book affords you the flexibility to select those activities that best fit your students' instructional needs.

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Editorial Reviews

Two public school librarians offer annotated bibliographies and suggest activities for elementary-grade teachers to intertwine literature and science in seven areas: animals, plants, the human body, earth science, space, energy and motion, and ecology. The partnership seems natural; they write: "Perhaps the best way to ensure a healthy future is to equip our children to become scientific problem solvers by giving them the higher-order thinking skills and a working knowledge of the scientific method." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897747417
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/18/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTINE ROOTS HEFNER is the library media specialist at Eisenhower Elementary School in Norman, Oklahoma.

KATHRYN ROOTS LEWIS is the library information specialist for Norman (Oklahoma) Public Schools.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Use Children's Literature to Teach Science? ix

Chapter 1 Kindergarten/Transitional/First Grade 1

Life Science-Animals 1

Life Science-Plants 10

Human Body 17

Earth Science 25

Space 32

Energy and Motion 37

Ecology 41

Nonprint Sources for K-T-1 46

Chapter 2 Second Grade/Third Grade 48

Life Science-Animals 48

Life Science-Plants 60

Human Body 68

Earth Science 74

Space 83

Energy and Motion 90

Ecology 97

Nonprint Sources for Grades 2-3 105

Chapter 3 Fourth Grade/Fifth Grade 109

Life Science-Animals 109

Life Science-Plants 117

Human Body 124

Earth Science 130

Space 140

Energy and Motion 145

Ecology 153

Nonprint Sources for Grades 4-5 167

Index 173

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