Stories and Poems (K-4)
All this literature – and many more you will discover – help young students both place themselves in and separate themselves from environments, a necessary developmental first step in this domain.
KidLit lists collections of literature.
Gryphon specializes in books for pre-schoolers, and has a separate teachers area.
Pearl Moskowitz recalls when her mother urged the mayor to plant trees in their neighborhood. As Pearl grew, so did the trees and new families settled by her home. Soon, though, the city began cutting down the trees. Now the very last tree is facing the bulldozer and the time has come for Pearl Moskowitz's last stand.
"Pearl Moscowitz's Last Stand"
Levine, Arthur A.
Tambourine Books: New York, 1993
Roxaboxen is a town you'll never forget. It looked like any hill-- nothing but sand, rocks, some old wooden boxes and thorny plants-- but to the children who played there it was a special place. They made houses of jewels and white stones, and everyone could have a car. All you needed was imagination!
Puffin (Penguin) Books: New York, 1991
In "People" young students can grasp the incredible variety of people all over the globe--their looks, homes and foods, games, work, writing and more--and how such diversity can reflect harmony.
Bantam Doubleday Dell: New York, 1980
Shel Silverstein has composed such memorable poems as "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, Will You Take The Garbage Out"?
In addition to Shel Silverstein, check out other authors at the PomeHunter.
Seussville — the official home of Dr. Seuss on the Web — is the place for children (of all ages) to play and learn with Dr. Seuss's whimsical books and classic characters. Their Educator page gives ideas on how to incorporate the site content into your curriculum.
The Franklin Institute has put up some math lessons, specifically graphing, for the poem, Hungry Mungry.
Storyplace in both English and Spanish contains stories and support resources in a very graphical environment.
Don't forget to read aloud from the wonderful books by Farley Mowatt.
For primary grade students literature can set the stage for understanding environmental systems.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Teaching Physical Science Through Children's Literature
• Student Literature Sites (sampler)
• Whole Books OnLine
• Eyewitness Accounts
• Music & Stories in the Classroom
• Primary Source Document Collections