Academic journal article Science and Children

Teacher's Picks

Academic journal article Science and Children

Teacher's Picks

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After reading these books, ask your class to come up with a list of sounds that are particular to their own environment.

Listen to the Desert/Oye al Deserto. Pat Mora. 1994. Clarion. The English and Spanish text and earth-tone illustrations poetically present the sounds made in a desert environment.

Marsh Music. Marianne Collins Berkes. 2000. Millbrook Press.

Frogs of the marsh are realistically illustrated in watercolor (how appropriate!) as they create a symphony of sound, singing and playing spider web string instruments--a nice blend of realism and fantasy. The text spans from preschool-to-conductor language, including terms such as woink-woink and adagio (musical terms are defined in a glossary).

Rain. John Speir. 1997. Yearling.

Young children can easily show what one must do to make a sound with a triangle or box guitar, but they have a difficult time putting these ideas into words, even when it is obvious that the teacher, with closed eyes, cannot see their gestures. This book has many gestures and no words. Ask your students to tell you the words to fit the pictures, and then make the sounds that go with the pictures. …

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