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

 

 

 

Product Details

Grade Range: 3-5
Media: 360 pp/paper
Published: 11/2016
Item No: WEB-0959
ISBN: 978-1-57110-959-0

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