Monday, November 4, 2013

Teaching Science with Kidlit: NGSS Performance Expectation K-ESS3-3

Expanding on last week’s post, here are some books and activities that focus specifically on one aspect of K-ESS3-3—watery worlds and the creatures that call them home.

Here are some books that I recommend:
Big Night for Salamanders by Sarah Merwil Lamstein
Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! by April Sayre

Subway Story by Julia Sarcone-Roach

365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental

A Place for Fish by Melissa Stewart

A Warmer World by Caroline Arnold

After dividing the class into small groups, set out art materials and provide each group with an 11 × 17 piece of paper. Invite group members to work together in creating a model of the local water environment and the animals that live there. They may also want to add buildings or other familiar landmarks near the body of water.

Encourage students to use additional art materials to show how people in your community can help to protect the animals and the water environment they depend on. When the class has finished their murals, work with your students to display them  in community buildings, such as the library, churches, and the town hall.

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