Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Fun: Perfect Pairs

Different students enjoy different kinds of books and learn in different ways, so pairing fiction and nonfiction books can be a great way to introduce and reinforce science concepts.

Here’s a pair of books that shows the place of butterflies in our world and encourages students to think about how human actions can help or harm other creatures.

Butterfly Count by Sneed Collard + A Place for Butterflies by Melissa Stewart

In Butterfly Count, a girl joins a butterfly census hoping to see her favorite butterfly—the endangered regal fritillary. She finally spots one in a patch of pristine prairie that was once owned by her great-great-grandmother. Soft, realistic watercolors of prairie grasses, plants, and butterflies quietly illuminate this tranquil tale.

Butterflies fill our world with beauty and grace. But sometimes we do things that harm them. Stunning illustrations and simple, gentle language introduce young readers to some of the ways human action and inaction can affect butterfly populations. More than just a book about our favorite insects, A Place for Butterflies opens readers’ minds to a wide range of environmental issues.
Related ActivitiesMaterials: Lined paper, pencils Have students pretend they are butterflies.
Ask them to write a detailed description of how it feels to go through each life stage.

Materials: Butterfly cut out (poster board), colored markers
Cut a large butterfly shape out of a piece of poster board and laminate it. Use it to create a Venn diagram that compares the sizes, ranges, habitats, and food sources of two butterflies discussed in A Place for Butterflies. [List the differences on each wing of the laminated butterfly and write the similarities on the body.]

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