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Thursday, July 31, 2014

New book - To Look Closely, Science and Literacy in the Natural World

"Nature study is a springboard to inquiry-based learning. To Look Closely gives teachers everything they need to start and sustain units of study that integrate science with reading comprehension strategies and writing in a variety of genres." summarizes Education Week.

Laurie invites you to join her class of twenty-one second graders as they visit a small stream in the woods behind a suburban elementary school, and she shares her reflections on class discussions, activities, and learning experiences. From setting a tone of inquiry-based thinking in the classroom to suggesting specific units of study for reading, writing, and science, Laurie guides teachers step-by-step through the basics of how to integrate the skills acquired through nature study into every subject. You will also discover all the ways this purposeful work nurtures "green" citizens who grow up determined to value and protect the natural environment.

Filled with student journal entries, narratives, and poems inspired by experiences in the natural world, To Look Closely will inspire and encourage you to become a careful observer of your own "sit spots" outdoors and embrace nature study for a year—or for whatever part of a year is possible for you. This book will change the way you view the world. 

Table of Contents 

Introduction: Why Nature Study?
Chapter 1: Ten Tips for Getting Started on Nature Study
Chapter 2: Moments of Science
Chapter 3: A Year at the Stream - Autumn
Chapter 4: A Year at the Stream - Winter
Chapter 5: A Year at the Stream - Spring
Chapter 6: Literacy Through Nature Study - Reading
Chapter 7: Literacy Through Nature Study - Writing
Chapter 8: Creating Stewards of the Natural World
Preview the entire book online!

About Laurie Rubin
Laurie Rubin taught first and second grades in Ithaca, New York for twenty-three years where nature study became the heart of her curriculum. She currently consults and presents on a variety of education topics including literacy and critical thinking skills.

Source: Stenhouse Publishers and Education Week

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