Academic journal article Science and Children

Habitable Homes

Academic journal article Science and Children

Habitable Homes

Article excerpt

One simply needs to venture into the outdoors and make careful observations to find different animal habitats. The diversity of these habitats and the adaptations of the organisms within them is the focus of this month's column.

This Month's Trade Books

Nature's Patchwork Quilt: Understanding Habitats

By Mary Miche

Illustrated by Consie Powell

Dawn Publications. 2012.

ISBN: 978-1-58469-169-3

Grades K-3

Synopsis

Different habitats and the animals that live within them are introduced through vivid, colorful illustrations that bring to mind the idea of a patchwork quilt.

D Is for Desert: A World Deserts Alphabet

By Barbara Gowan

Illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Sleeping Bear Press. 2012.

ISBN: 978-1-58536-501-2

Grades 3-5

Synopsis

One of a series of well-done alphabet books about science, D Is for Deserts encourages the reader to explore components of deserts around the world.

Curricular Connections

In this month's activities, students compare the diversity of life in different habitats (performance expectation 2-LS4-1, Achieve Inc. 2013; see Internet Resources), discovering that animals and plants within a habitat develop interdependence on one another to survive. This connects to the idea that many habitats can be found within a larger ecosystem, and different organisms have different roles to play within the larger ecosystem. …

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