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Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Book - Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction and Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, K-2


"Even if you are science shy, Perfect Pairs can help you become a more confident teacher whose classroom buzzes with curious students eager to explore their natural world." continues Stenhouse Publishers.

 

Hands-on lessons can be fun and compelling, but when it comes to life science, they aren't always possible, practical, effective, or safe. Children can't follow a lion as it stalks a gazelle, visit the exotic kapok tree in a rain forest, or swim alongside the underwater life in a pond. But they can explore a whole world of animals, plants, and ecosystems through the pages of beautifully illustrated, science-themed picture books.

"Perfect Pairs", which marries fiction and nonfiction picture books focused on life science, helps educators think about and teach life science in a whole new way. Each of the twenty-two lessons in this book is built around a pair of books that introduces a critical life science concept and guides students through an inquiry-based investigative process to explore that idea—from animal/environment interactions to the role of structure in plant and animal survival, from inheritance of traits to variation of species.

Even if you are science shy, Perfect Pairs can help you become a more confident teacher whose classroom buzzes with curious students eager to explore their natural world.
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Table of Contents 

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Getting Started
Meeting the Standards
Lessons for Kindergarten
Lessons for Grade 1
Lessons for Grade 2
Appendixes
Bibliography
Professional References
Credits
Index

Preview the entire book online!

About Nancy Chesley
Nancy Chesley was an elementary teacher for 26 years and a K-5 science and literacy specialist for six years. She won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Elementary Science Teaching in 2000 and the Milken Foundation National Distinguished Educator Award in 2002. 
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About Melissa Stewart 
Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 150 science books for children. She has always been fascinated by the natural world and is passionate about sharing its beauty and wonder with readers of all ages.
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Source: Stenhouse Publishers and Education Week 


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