Perfect Pairs (Grades 3-5)

Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, Grades 3-5

Hands-on lessons can be fun and compelling, but when it comes to life science, they aren't always possible, practical, effective, or safe. Children can't follow wolves as they hunt elk, visit a prehistoric swamp, or shrink down to the size of a molecule and observe photosynthesis firsthand.  But they can explore a whole world of animals, plants, and ecosystems through the pages of beautifully illustrated, science-themed picture books.

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Hands-on lessons can be fun and compelling, but when it comes to life science, they aren't always possible, practical, effective, or safe. Children can't follow wolves as they hunt elk, visit a prehistoric swamp, or shrink down to the size of a molecule and observe photosynthesis firsthand.  But they can explore a whole world of animals, plants, and ecosystems through the pages of beautifully illustrated, science-themed picture books.

Perfect Pairs, which marries fiction and n...read more

About the Author(s)

Melissa Stewart is an award-winning author of more than 150 science-themed nonfiction books for children. She also maintains the blog Celebrate Science (celebratescience.blogspot.com) and offers school visits and teacher inservice programs that focus on nonfiction writing, using children’s books to address curriculum standards, and creative ways to integrate science and language arts instruction. Her website is www.melissa-stewart.com.

Nancy Chesley was an elementary teacher for twenty-six years and a K–5 science and literacy specialist for six years. She won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Elementary Science Teaching in 2001 and the Milken Foundation National Distinguished Educator Award in 2002. She received a BA in elementary education and an MSEd in literacy education from the University of Southern Maine.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • How Perfect Pairs Can Help You
  • Not All Nonfiction for Children Is Created Equal
  • Why Combine Science and Children's Books?
  • Why Pair Fiction and Nonfiction?
  • From Idea to Book
  • Who Is This Guide For?
  • Getting Started
  • Obtaining the Books
  • Starting with a Wonder Statement
  • The Investigative Process
  • Reinforcing the Concept
  • ELA Links
  • The Wonder Journal
  • Science Dialogues and Science Circles
  • Meeting the Standards
  • Addressing the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Supporting the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • Lessons for Grade 3
  • Lesson 3.1: What the Lives of All Creatures Have in Common, Even When Their Life Cycles Are Different
  • Lesson 3.2 How Being Part of a Group Helps Animals Survive
  • Lesson 3.3: Why Some Animals Look Different from Their Family Members
  • Lesson 3.4: What Fossils Can Tell Us About Life and Environments Long Ago
  • Lesson 3.5: How Variations in Characteristics Can Help Some Animals Survive
  • Lesson 3.6: How Animals Survive in a Cold Environment
  • Lesson 3.7: How People Try to Solve Problems That Occur When an Environment Changes
  • Picture Books for Grade 3 Lessons
  • Lessons for Grade 4
  • Lesson 4.1: How Our Body Structures Help Us Survive
  • Lesson 4.2: How Feathers Help Birds Survive
  • Lesson 4.3: How a Tree's Structures Help It Survive
  • Lesson 4.4: How Animals Depend on Their Senses
  • Lesson 4.5: How Natural Resources Provide Electrical Energy
  • Lesson 4.6: How Energy Use Affects Environments and the Animals Living There
  • Picture Books for Grade 4 Lessons
  • Lessons for Grade 5
  • Lesson 5.1A: Where Plants Get Most of the Materials They Use to Grow
  • Lesson 5.1B: Where Animals Get the Energy They Need to Live and Grow
  • Lesson 5.2: Why dead Plants and Animals Don't Pile Up in Natural Places
  • Lesson 5.3: How Matter Moves Among Living Things and the Environment
  • Lesson 5.4: How Living Things Depend on Their Environment for Survival
  • Lesson 5.5: How Introduced Species Can Affect an Ecosystem
  • Lesson 5.6: How We Can Protect Earth's Resources and Environments
  • Picture Books for Grade 5 Lessons
  • Appendix A: Tables of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) Addressed in Perfect Pairs Lessons
  • Appendix B: Reproducibles for Perfect Pairs Lessons
  • Bibliography of Picture Books in Perfect Pairs Lessons
  • Professional References
  • Credits
  • Index
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Product Details

Grade Range: 3-5
Media: 360 pp/paper
Year: 2016
Item No: 0959Item No: 1148Item No: B959
ISBN: 978-1-57110-959-0ISBN: 978-162531-148-1ISBN: 978-15711B-959-0

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