Friday, February 26, 2016

Lovin’ the Learning

One of my favorite lessons from Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction and Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science uses the books Just One Bite by Lola Schaefer and A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson to address the first grade NGSS Performance Expectation 1-LS1-1, which includes “how animals use their external [body] parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.”

Since Frog in the Bog tells the delightful story of a greedy frog who chows down everything in its path—and then lives to regret it, we decided to start the lesson by giving students a chance to hunt like a frog, using a party-blower “tongue” with Velcro on the end to catch a variety of creepy crawly critters.

What a treat to receive these fun photos of the activity in progress from first-grade teacher Liza Womack (@sosmarchmass) and literacy coach  Jennifer L. Brady (@BradyLitCoach) in Merrick, NY. Don’t these first graders look like they’re lovin’ the learning?


1 comment:

  1. This is such a fun way to approach science, Melissa! I wasn't aware of your book, but I'll pass it on to some of my teacher friends.

    I love Frog in a Bog! It was one of my daughter's favorite read alouds when she was young.