Book List: The Arctic

In The Snow Whose Been Here by Lindsay Barrett George

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Freezing and Melting by Robyn

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Snow Is Falling by Franklin M. Branley

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Animals In Winter by Henrietta Bancroft

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What Are Food Chains and Webs by Bobbie KalmanSee the source image

Snow by Manya Stojic

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Ice Bear by Nicola Davies

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Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek

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Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman

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2019 Lesson: The Arctic

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We are learning about the Arctic in class. The students are learning about climate change, what life is like on the arctic and other interesting facts like how 10% of the Earth’s fresh water is frozen in the ice in the arctic.  They are learning about arctic animals and how they survive in such cold climates.

In class we are doing experiments with “blubber” and testing out cold temperatures with crisco. We are also making “snow” and going ice fishing. There’s “SNOW” place like a science lab haha!

The Lorax (Unit #11 Rachel Carson)

Rachel Carson2“Science is part of the reality of living; it is the what, the how, and the why of everything in our experience.” ~Rachel Carson

“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again? ~ Rachel Carson

Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. She first alerted the world about the environmental impact of fertilizers and pesticides.

A marine biologist and nature writer, Rachel Carson catalyzed the global environmental movement with her 1962 book Silent Spring. Outlining the dangers of chemical pesticides, the book led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides and sparked the movement that ultimately led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ~


Books of the month (Unit #11 John Muir & Rachel Carson: Environmental Science / Botany)

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Environmental Science- The Lorax

Harriet’s Home at Sea by Evelyn Wang

Environmental Science- Harriet's home at sea

Smokey Bear: The Cub Who Left His Pawprints on History by Karen Signell

Environmental Science- Smokey Bear

One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies and Jane Chapman

Environmental Science- One Tiny Turtle

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Cassandra Morris & Polly Adams

Environmental Science- The Magic School Bus on the ocean floor

Flush by Carl Hiaasen

Enivronmental Science- Flush

World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky & Frank Stockton

Environmental Science- World without fish

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

Environmental Science- The Watcher

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: A true-story of survival against the odds by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer

Environmental Science- The boy who harnessed the wind

Science in the community (Unit #11 John Muir & Rachel Carson: Botany / Environmental Science)

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BONUS: Go recycle bottles, paper and other items and drop it off at CMS recycling drop offs OR plant a tree

In class we will be learning all about ecosystems, food webs, pollution, and talking about humans affect on the Earth and what we can do to improve it. We will be learning about the Brianhead fire and its aftermath. The students will participate in an oil spill challenge and some Lorax activities and games.

I love learning about how to help save the planet. It can be in small ways that can make a big impact- like turning off the lights at home, not wasting water and turning it off while we brush our teeth and not watering our lawns when it is super hot outside, recycling, etc. I hope the students know they they can make a difference.

The Lorax- (Unit #11 John Muir)

John Muir

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ The Lorax

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks. The mountains are calling and I must go.” ~John Muir

Naturalist, writer and advocate of U.S. forest conservation, John Muir founded the Sierra Club and helped establish Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.

John Muir was born April 21, 1838, in Dunbar, Scotland. As early as 1876, he urged the federal government to adopt a forest conservation policy through articles published in popular periodicals. In 1892 he founded the Sierra Club. He served as its first president, a position he held until his death in 1914.

The Muir Woods National Monument is named after him. It is located just north of San Francisco. I have been there and it is one of the most beautiful places I have seen, with towering Redwood trees that you can actually stand in. They are ginormous and amazing and one of my very favorite things about northern California.