The final draft of the Next Generation Science Standards was released in April, so it seems like the perfect time to start thinking about how some of our favorite books can be integrated into lessons that support the performance expectations (PE)–what kids will be expected to understand at each grade level.
One kindergarten PE is: “Communicate and discuss solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.” Here are some books that would be perfect for addressing this concept:
Where Once There Was a Wood by Denise Flemming
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
Dumpster Diver by Janet S. Wong
No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart
Finding Home by Sandra Markle
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 Warmer World by Caroline Arnold
It isn’t too early to start thinking about how we can use some of the great books out there to teach STEM ideas in the future. Will that be one of your summer projects?
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