Howdy guys, I'm back from my vacation in South Carolina! I've spent the past couple of days trying to recharge from all the traveling. Wednesday I went up to my new classroom for the first time since the end of school. (Guess that isn't very helpful for trying to recharge! My mind has been racing of things I need to do and buy!) Next week I plan to spend every day in my room to get it all ready for back to school. I already have most of my furniture in place and my table arrangement done. So not looking forward to getting my bulletin boards done!
While I was visiting Hilton Head Island last week I stopped by the town of Bluffton to visit their farmer's market. They have some great art galleries, shops and boutiques around the market...I did some research before going and found a great children's book shop called The Storybook Shoppe. I felt like I was walking into heaven with all the books! Even though I teach science I love searching for great picture books geared toward the subject. You would think fifth graders would be over picture books, but they LOVE them and they still enjoy being read to. Picture books in science are great because usually they are short and sweet which can fit in great before or after a lesson, or in a small group setting. Also, they can be helpful for your ESL/SPED students who may not be able to read some of the more technical trade books you have on hand.
I came across this book: Bird, Butterfly, Eel and I fell in love with it. This book will fit in perfectly with science discussions about migration, how organisms interact with their environment, and life cycles. Bird, Butterfly, and Eel highlights how life cycles are connected to the change in the world around us. The book's setting begins on a coastal farm in the northeast. As you turn the page you are shown beautiful pictures of the journey that the bird, butterfly, and eel take by land and water. I really like that this book shows the migration of three very different organisms. Halfway through the book there is a fabulous illustration of the butterfly life cycle which leads to great discussion of the stages of metamorphosis. A few of the pages are broken to three illustrations to show the vast differences in environments during the organism's migration. The science teacher in me also loves the maps to highlight the vast journey the the bird, butterfly and eel make. The book is an easy read, and is geared toward children ages 6-10. At the end of Bird, Butterfly, and Eel there is a two page spread of detailed facts/illustrations about the Monarch Butterfly, Barn Swallow, and the American Eel. I can't wait to use this book during our life science unit and highly recommend it to primary and intermediate science teachers!
Sarge just can't mind his own business! All morning he has been laying on top of anything I'm reading or working on. Bird, Butterfly, Eel also briefly mentions a little black barn cat that lives on the farm! As a cat lover I found this endearing. :)
Hope everyone is being productive as a new school year quickly approaches us! Have a great weekend!