Tales With Tails

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More than 60 multicultural tales from around the world combine with dozens of learning activities to help you convey key scientific concepts, such as adaptations, habitat, biodiversity, and interdependence, and to instill such values as conservation, cooperation, sustainability, and empathy, encouraging children to become responsible stewards of the earth. Thorough storytelling instructions are included, as are guidelines for teaching ecological concepts.

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Overview

More than 60 multicultural tales from around the world combine with dozens of learning activities to help you convey key scientific concepts, such as adaptations, habitat, biodiversity, and interdependence, and to instill such values as conservation, cooperation, sustainability, and empathy, encouraging children to become responsible stewards of the earth. Thorough storytelling instructions are included, as are guidelines for teaching ecological concepts.

The book presents more than 60 ready-to-tell stories about wolves, foxes, squirrels, birds, insects, the wind, and more; plus dozens of extension activities to use with the stories, or as part of educational programs focused on plants, animals, and the environment. Thorough instructions for the novice storyteller are included, as are background on and guidelines for teaching ecological concepts. You'll even learn how to create your own stories using environmental concepts, values, proverbs, and quotes. In addition, the book includes an extensive bibliography of stories to use in teaching about the natural world. Whether used in environmental programs in the library or in after-school programs; to enhance science units; in nature centers, zoos, or camps; or as a storyteller's resource for Arbor Day and Earth day celebrations; this is a valuable guide for librarians, teachers, storytellers, and other educators. Activities are coded for grade levels, with an emphasis on elementary and middle school; but most are adaptable to other levels.

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"A well-organized guide for librarians, educators, and storytellers who wish to combine science and story. Strauss makes the case for the integration of the two fields, explaining that students need not only to know about the natural world, but also to care about it. He maintains that stories that incorporate environmental elements help make this connection."

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School Library Journal

School Library Journal
A well-organized guide for librarians, educators, and storytellers who wish to combine science and story. Strauss makes the case for the integration of the two fields, explaining that students need not only to know about the natural world, but also to care about it. He maintains that stories that incorporate environmental elements help make this connection. The book is divided into two parts. Part one defines an environmental story and provides basic information on environmental education and the art of storytelling. Part two consists of more than 60 tales, some original, others from a wide variety of cultures, with source notes provided at the end of the volume. Strauss also includes structured activities to accompany the tales and the ecological concepts they convey, although some of the suggestions might confuse children about the tale's meaning; a fairy-tale activity that has students rewriting "Little Red Riding Hood" to include more realistic biological information on wolves would seem to diminish the concept of wolf as symbol. A wide variety of activities is suggested, however, and those using the book will pick and choose among them. An extensive bibliography is appended.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591582694
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 497,643
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

KEVIN STRAUSS, naturalist storyteller, tells nature stories and world folktales for listeners of all ages. Kevin performs storytelling concerts and workshops at schools, nature centers, libraries, and community events across the Midwest. He serves on the Northlands Storytelling Network's board of directors and is artistic director for the "Moose is Loose Storytelling Festival" each July in Ely, Minnesota. Kevin has performed storytelling workshops at the Midwest Environmental Education Conference, the Northlands Storytelling Network Conference, and the National Storytelling Network Conference.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Story List

Nature and Stories

Using Stories to Teach About the Nature World

Crash Course In Environmental Education

A Crash Course in Storytelling

Adapting/Creating Environmental Stories

Advances Environmental Storytelling Techniques

Environmental Stories

Animal Stories: Large Mammals

Animal Stories: Small Mammals

Animal Stories: Birds

Animal Stories: Reptiles, Amphibians

Animal Stories: Insects

Plant Stories: Trees, Lichens, Fungus and Algae

Sky Stories

Ecological Lesson Tales

Sources and Bibliography

Index

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