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While the time I spend with your students is valuable and important, reinforcement of the lessons by you, their teacher and/or parent, will make the lessons even more meaningful.  Please browse the resources made available to you.  There are books, videos and craft activities that pair well with my programs.  Enjoy!

**Please note, resources for each lesson will be posted as the lessons are taught throughout the year.  Thank you for your patience!

 

Kindergarten Support Resources

Junior Zoologists

  • Suggested Books
    • "Hidden Wildlife" -Jim Arnosky He has written and illustrated a wonderful series of books about animals, this being just one of them. The kids will be inspired by the beautiful sketches & paintings as well as the fun facts!

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First Grade Support Resources

Home Sweet Home

  • Suggested Books
    • "One Small Place In A Tree"  -Barbara Brenner
    • "Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow"  -Joyce Sidman  (a book of poems about nature with an explanation of the related science)
    • "About Habitats" -Cathryn Sill (a series of books with information on different habitats; great reference books for projects; beautiful pictures, simple writing but great information)
    • "One Small Square:  Woods"  -Donald Silver  (also a series with terrific information)
  • Craft Suggestions (follow the links)
    • Porthole Habitat Craft  The website said this was done by a preschool which I find impressive;  I think it would be terrific to accompany a research project on a habitat--could be really fun for crafty and imaginative kids
    • Mixed Media Forest Print  This could tie into a discussion of using recycled materials for art
    • Animal Homes Color Sheets Just Allows students during some free time to continue thinking about what we learned during this lesson
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Second Grade Support Resources

Now Hear This!

Suggested Books

  • "How Do We Hear?  Sounds All Around Us"  -Charlotte Guillan  I recommend for first-third graders.  This book has GREAT pictures and includes basic human ear anatomy.
  • "Science Fun-Sound!"  -Neil Ardley  Reads like a basic encyclopedia with lots of pictures and fun activities to try.

In Class Activities Related to Sound

  • Why stop at sound? Why not include all the senses with this POPCORN activity. Scroll down on the page for a fun hearing walk activity to be done as a whole class.
  • The Science of Sound:  various activities to try in the classroom, at home on a rainy day or for a science project; from Scholastic
  • A guide to homemade musical instruments! Could be really noisy & a ton of fun!

Technology Links

  • Hearing Games:  some basic computer games for kids to try and match pitch and other sounds.  A fun 10 minutes of play on the computer.

 

Life Cycles of North Cycle

Suggested Books

  • "Life Cycles" the book series -Sean Callery  There are many books in this series, written for 7-10 year olds.  Each book presents the life cycles of 10 different animals in a particular habitat.  Each book is titled by the habitat, for example "Forests".  The pictures are great, information is great....I'm glad I came across it.  Enjoy!
  • "Caterpillar to Butterfly" -Lisa Herrington  This is a Science Rookie book, so it breaks down accurate information perfectly for second graders!
  • "A Butterfly is Patient"  -Dianna Hutts Aston  This book is a great circle time read for the whole class to introduce them to the butterfly life cycle with beautiful pictures and sweet prose.  This author has MANY great books about nature if you are interested in other topics.
  • "The Life of an Apple"  -Clare Hibbert   A great and informative read.  A wonderful resource for a research assignment.
  • "I'll Follow the Moon"  -Stephanie Lisa Tara  A sweet story about sea turtles.

Craft Ideas

  • Butterfly Life Cycle--using paper plates, pasta and colors, this is a fun, easy activity that you can keep simple or expand as a bigger project.
  • Butterfly & Grasshopper comparison game--cut, color and spin to compare different insect life cycles
  • Life Cycle of a Chicken--this is a little involved but totally doable in the second grade classroom

Technology Links

  • The Life Cycle of a Frog--this is an interactive and simple computer animation that students can work through on their own.  It does not require a lot of reading.
  • You Tube Frog Life Cycle--always beware of You Tube--the ads vary and once a video finishes a new one starts and it MAY not be appropriate (just be ready just in case)
  • Time Lapse Video of real frogs metamorphosizing
  • Cicada Life Cycle--an AMAZING up close video from the BBC.  It is about 5 minutes and shows the transformation from a larva to a winged adult.  For kids in NC this is so relevant and worth the watch!