The Desert Is Theirs, written by Byrd Baylor and illustrated by Peter Parnall talks about the close relationship of people, animals and how they share the land. The author addresses the many aspects of living in the desert from what the desert looks like, how it feels (weather) and what is living in the desert (animals, plants, ect). This book can teach children about different cultures and their views.
The Desert Is Theirs would be great for teachers to read aloud to their third grade class. This is because there are some lengthy pages and difficult words to pronounce. The book has detailed pictures the students can look at. The students can go online and research the Papago tribe to understand their culture. (SOL 3.2)
Ancient Civilization Clipart and Photos– These photos are perfect to hang in your classroom when you are teaching your lesson on Ancient Civilization. This gives kids a visual way to understand our history.
The Middle East and Beyond– The students become a traveler which they are to explore the Middle-East to gain an understanding of cultures and where they exist
Lesson Plan Central– This website allows students to learn lessons and worksheets on Ancient Civilization
Book: The Desert Is Theirs
Author: Bryd Baylor
Illustrator: Peter Parnall
Publication Date: 1975
Grade Range: 2-5
Introduction and Summary
In the book, The Simple Truth About Scientists, written and illustrated by Donna Farland it discusses the many myth’s about scientists. The book explains five different myth’s that are associated with scientists. The myths are scientists only work in laboratories, wear lab coats, cause explosions, are geeky, and lastly scientists are geniuses. The book then gives examples to counter the five myths. One myth from the book said scientists are geeky, the book then states the truth by saying many normal people of all races enjoy being scientists. This book is great for kindergartners and first graders to help them know the real truth about scientists.
This book helps students understand the five myths of scientists. It could be taught to simplify areas in science. (K.1b) In the book it discusses that scientists spend most of their time observing and collecting their data for tests. (K2.b) Scientists need to use thier brain to describe the objects around them. (K.1f) Scientists when mixing chemicals together do a lot of observating and then predicting the outcomes.
- Color Mixing– allows the students to work hands-on. Students need to get used to handling science tools. This lesson allows the students to understand the idea of scientific experimentation. The students will mix different colors together seeing the different outcomes of the colors
- Caterpillars to Butterflies– This lesson plan lets student observe the development of caterpillar into butterflies. This teaches students how to observe which is one major part of being a scientists
- Water Magic– This lesson allows students to use everyday experiments to help them understand the scientific method. Students are able to observe and experiment the three physical forms of water.
Book: The Simple Truth About Scientists
Author: Donna Farland
Illustrator: Donna Farland & Jessica Prescott
Publisher: Authentic Perceptions Press
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 1- 11
Grade Range- K-1
In the book How We Crossed the West The Adventures of Lewis & Clark, President Thomas Jefferson and the Congress of the United States asked Captain Lewis to explore the Western rivers across North America to the western ocean. Lewis asked friend, William Clark to help lead the Corps of discovery on a journey that would lead to many new discoveries. The expeditition began on May 1, 1804. Throughout the two year journey the corps of discovery accomplished new detailed maps, plants and animals unknown to science, and established peaceful relations with the Indians. On Sunday September 21, 1806, the explores successfully returned to St. Louis with new discoveries from their two year long journey.
How We Crossed the West can be used for K through 5th grade students. This book describes the route Lewis & Clark took from Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean. On their route to the Pacific ocean they discovered unknown plants and animals. Also they learned the customs, languages, and artifacts of western Indian nations. The children are able to learn new types of plants discovered by the corps like osage orange, salmonberry, and prairie apple. A teacher can include maps of the routes Lewis & Clark discovered on their expedition. (VA SOL 2.10a,d,e; 3.10b; 3.11d)
Book: How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis & Clark
Author: Rosalyn Schanzer
Plublisher: National Geographic Society
Publication Date: 2002