Monday, September 23, 2013

Teaching Science with Kidlit: More NGSS Performance Expectation K-LS1-1

Expanding on last week’s post, here are some books and activities that focus specifically on one aspect of K-LS1-1—animals’ need for food.

Gobble It Up! by Jim Arnosky

Time to Eat by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds

Pinduli by Janell Cannon

What’s for Dinner? Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World Katherine B. Hauth

Bear Wants More
by Karma Wilson
Just One Bite by Lola Schafer

Activity 1
Gobble It Up! comes with a CD. As your class listens to the song, encourage them to imagine that they are the animals. Divide the class into two groups. Invite one group to act out the part of the raccoon and the other to act out the part of the crawdad. Repeat this process with the crocodile and ducks, shark and smaller fish, whale and squid.

Activity 2
Guide students as they create an interactive bulletin board with the title, What Kinds of Foods Do Animals Eat?. Ask each student to draw and label two separate pictures—one of an animal and one of the food it eats. Each student must pick a different animal, focusing on the examples included in Time to Eat, Gobble It Up, Pinduli, What’s for Dinner?, Bear Wants More, or Just One Bite.  

Place the animal pictures in a column on the left-hand side of the board. Scatter the food drawings around the rest of the board. Staple a piece of string to each animal. Each string should be long enough to reach any food on the board. Use a pushpin to attach each food to the board. To match animals with their foods, students should wrap the proper strings around the pushpins.

1 comment:

  1. Great list of books, Melissa! I pinned it to my "Eating MyPlate" board as a tie-in with teaching kids about nutrition.