Wonders of the Land: Merging Earth Myth with Earth Science (Wonders of Nature: Natural Phenomena in Science and Myth Series, Volume Four)

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Renowned storyteller Kendall Haven brings his expertise to the authorship of this fourth book in the 4-book series, Wonders of Nature: Natural Phenomena in Science and Myth. Intended for teachers to use with students in the upper elementary and middle school grades, it focuses on natural phenomena of the earth (volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.) through the eyes of ancient myth, and then looks at the actual modern day science that explains each myth, using an interdisciplinary style of teaching. Using knowledge gained...

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Overview

Renowned storyteller Kendall Haven brings his expertise to the authorship of this fourth book in the 4-book series, Wonders of Nature: Natural Phenomena in Science and Myth. Intended for teachers to use with students in the upper elementary and middle school grades, it focuses on natural phenomena of the earth (volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.) through the eyes of ancient myth, and then looks at the actual modern day science that explains each myth, using an interdisciplinary style of teaching. Using knowledge gained as a former research scientist, Haven integrates science curricular with the study of myth. Students are encouraged not only to appreciate the magic in myth and science, but to understand the commonality of all human experience with nature over all time. The book contains myths from several different cultures, and accompanying scientific explanations. Bibliographies, recommended Web sites, student projects, and discussion and activity ideas are also included, while illustrations and diagrams enhance student interest. The book is to be used by teachers and librarians with students, and by students in libraries and classrooms. Grades 4-8.

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"The writing is clear and easy….Imaginative schoolteachers will love this book, for it challenges the art of teaching. Both myth and science are viewed as a part of human thought."

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Gr 5-8-Haven rounds off a four-volume series with a mechanical, scantly illustrated survey of geophysical structures and forces in which each chapter opens with a variation on the theme that many world cultures used stories to explain natural phenomena. Providing several quick references and one briefly retold myth for each of 10 topics-from "The Origins of Land" and "Volcanoes" to "Creating Gems and Crystals," "Glaciers," "Water," and, finally, "Living Things"-Haven goes on to tally selected events and assumptions in his sample tale, demonstrating that nearly all have been shown by scientific research to be wrong. Aside from the rare chart or diagram there are no pictures, and the author's occasional flights of language ("There are two types of glaciers-big and monstrously huge") aren't enough to animate a dry, generality-laden presentation. Despite a promising premise and generous multimedia resource lists that include both science and folklore, this title will be less appealing and useful to readers than James F. Luhr's visually compelling Smithsonian Earth (DK, 2003) or even a standard textbook, such as Edward J. Tarbuck's Earth Science (Prentice Hall, 2005).-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author

KENDALL HAVEN is a nationally recognized master storyteller and the author of numerous books, including Marvels of Math, Write Right!, and Close Encounters with Deadly Dangers. A former research scientist, he is based in Fulton, California.

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Table of Contents

1 The origins of land 3
2 Volcanoes 23
3 Creating rocks 49
4 Creating gems and crystals 69
5 Creating mountains 85
6 Water 105
7 Wind 127
8 Glaciers 147
9 Earthquakes 169
10 Living things 189
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