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Teaching Physical Science Through Children's Literature

The Franklin Institute sponsored a summer fellow to develop oceangraphy through literature--a double hitter for elementary school-aged students.

"450 More Story Stretchers for the Primary Grades" takes selected story books and "stretches" them into different centers, activities and areas of the curriculum, including art, creative dramatics, games, classroom library, mathematics, music and movement, science and nature, special projects, special events and the writing center.

The books on Amazon/com's "The best in Ecofiction" can be of value to introduce older students to some of the issues of ecology outside of the seemingly mind-numbing facts & figures seen in many articles & texts on the subject.

Note: For annotated reviews of high-quality children's literature look at the Doucette Index: Children's Literature Index hosted by the University of Calgary.

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In the October 2003 issue of "Science Scope" pp. 16-17 a wonderful set of children's stories and non-fiction is recommended to help students understand the role of a community of trees. These books include...

  • Take A Tree Walk by Jane Kirkland,
  • Trees, Leaves , and Bark by Diane L. Burns,
  • Biomes: Forests by Julie Nelson,
  • The Great Kapol Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry,
  • Someday a Tree by Eve Bunting, The Enchanged Tree by Flavia Weedn and Lisa Gilbert,
  • Grandmother Oak by Rose Dagit,
  • Lemur Landing: A Story of a Madagascan Tropical Dry Forest by Deborah Dennard,
  • The Northern Forest by Greg Breining,
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, and
  • The People Who Hugged the Trees by Deborah Lee Rose and Birgitta Saflund.

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