Reading the Environment by Mary Cerullo. Children's Literature in
Reading the Environment

Reading the Environment

Children's Literature in the Science Classroom

By Mary Cerullo

    This book should be within arm's reach of every elementary teacher, librarian, and administrator, for it is a treasure chest filled with invaluable insights, references, and suggestions.

    —Science and Children

How would you rather learn about the rock cycle: from a textbook or from Joanna Cole's The Magic School Bus ®? Most students would vote for Joanna Cole's book or any number of other trade books whose authors know how to make science come to life. This practical and inviting handbook shows how you can take advantage of children's natural love of good literature like this in the science...

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    This book should be within arm's reach of every elementary teacher, librarian, and administrator, for it is a treasure chest filled with invaluable insights, references, and suggestions.

    —Science and Children

How would you rather learn about the rock cycle: from a textbook or from Joanna Cole's The Magic School Bus ®? Most students would vote for Joanna Cole's book or any number of other trade books whose authors know how to make science come to life. This practical and inviting handbook shows how you can take advantage of children's natural love of good literature like this in the science classroom.

Reading the Environment demonstrates how you can bring together the best of the language arts and the science curriculums to instill in students a curiosity about the world around them. The book focuses on four broad subjects that are traditionally covered in elementary science: reading the landscape, the weather and season cycles, water from the mountains to the sea, and the ocean. The author offers valuable guidance on teaching these topics, including:

  • background information such as explanations of current scientific knowledge, definitions of terms, and related social issues
  • brief synopses of relevant trade books, both fiction and nonfiction
  • hands-on science activities
  • suggestions for class discussion
  • student writing activities such as creating a field guide, writing a "rock history," keeping a naturalist's notebook, and much more
  • bibliography of books mentioned in that chapter.

In addition to recommending specific titles, Reading the Environment also suggests guidelines for evaluating trade books and topic areas to look for within each subject when adding new releases.

This book will support pre-K-6 teachers who feel the need to upgrade their science teaching and learning. Those who already excel in science teaching will benefit from a new approach that engages students.

Contents

Contents:
1.
Why Science and Literature Belong Together
2. Reading the Landscape: Earth Science
3. Weather and Storms
4. Water from the Mountains to the Sea
5. Ocean