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Lynne Cherry   [Teacher Resource File]

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming by Lynne Cherry
Ages 10-14
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How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Lessons, Resources, and Guidelines for Teaching About Global Warming
by Carol L. Malnor

The Teacher's Guide explains how to establish an age-appropriate perspective about global warming, includes lessons and activities correlated to science standards for grades 5 to 8, and also offers suggestions to differentiate instruction and conduct project-based learning. Just as the book by Cherry and Braasch presents the scientific evidence-the "clues"-found in the changing cycles of flowers, migrating birds, butterflies, and a wide variety of other natural phenomena, the Teacher's Guide gives lesson plans for teaching about some of the clues, both as stand-alone lessons and as part of a more comprehensive unit.

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming
by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch

When the weather changes daily, how do we really know that Earth's climate is changing? A groundbreaking new book for children explains the science behind the headlines, shows how young people are participating in gathering the scientific data, and tells what can be done to avert a crisis. The authors of How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate report on such a groundswell of activity by scientists and concerned people-including many children-that what could be a fearful or depressing book is, instead, an empowering book.

The evidence of climate change comes from observation over many years of the changing behavioral patterns of flowers, butterflies, birds, frogs, trees, glaciers, and much more. Some of this evidence was gathered by young people as long ago as 1900, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Scientists are making more and more of these observations, and the authors tell how young people in Siberia, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the U.S. are involved in such citizen science programs that support scientists in their climate research.

The authors explain how scientists piece together the Earth's "climate history" from tree rings, mud cores, ice cores, and other sources; how this history compares with recent climate patterns; and how greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide-much of it human-made-are impacting climate. In addition to clearly presenting the underlying science, the authors explain how to take charge of one's "carbon footprint"-also known as a "climate footprint." The book graphically shows "what you-and a million kids"-can do to make a difference.

The Sea, The Storm, and The Mangrove Tangle
Ages 7-12
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The Sea, The Storm, and The Mangrove Tangle

A seed is jostled from a branch of a mangrove tree and floats to a lagoon in the Caribbean Sea. It takes root, sprouts leaves, and slowly begins to grow. Over many years, the mangrove will provide a home and nourishment for numerous creatures of land and sea. Among its roots come to live fiddler crabs and shrimp; in its branches dwell lizards and hummingbirds. Soon the tree is dropping seeds of its own, and other mangroves are growing, creating a tangle whose benefits extend even to large mammals like dolphins and manatees. There are endpaper maps that indicate where mangroves are located and the names of common animals and plants found in them.

Ever threatened by hurricanes and even more by human destruction, the mangroves of our planet are endangered, but in Lynne Cherry's richly illustrated story one such habitat survives, giving readers hope and inspiration for preservation of these ecosystems in the real world.


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Flute's Journey: The Life of a Wood Thrush

Flute's Journey is the story of one wood thrush's first year and his arduous first migration--across thousands of miles--from his nesting ground in the Belt Woods in Maryland to his winter home in Costa Rica, and back again. Lynn Cherry makes us aware of the dangers migratory birds face and how children saved Flute's home.

Beautiful Full-color illustrations.

Awareness/Discovery
Sharing
Connectedness
Habitat
Rain Forest Conservation
18 Lesson Plans - Grade Level 2 - South America, Geography, science, language, art, and music.
How far away from this Amazon location are you?
Age: 4 and Up
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The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest

A man swings his axe and begins to cut a huge kapok tree. He becomes so exhausted from the work, he falls asleep.

While he sleeps, the forest animals come out of the foliage.

The animals become spokespeople for the tree and plead in their whispers to spare the tree.

Highly recommend. A powerful tool for teaching.
What is kapok? A tropical tree of the Bombax family, and the resilient fiber obtained from its seeds. The water- and decay-resist ant fiber, obtained chiefly from Ceiba pentandra, is used as a stuffing, especially for life preservers, and for insulation against sound and heat.

Awareness/Discovery
Wildlife
Conservation
Polution
Age: Mature 6-10

[Teacher Guide]
[Making Multicultural Connections]
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River Ran Wild: An Environmental History

Explores the pivotol changes of the Nashau River over hundreds of years from the Native American settlement, arrival of the English colonists, the industrial revolution, to current day.

A dying river...from polution to solution and the efforts and determination of one local woman (Mary Stoddard) to bring life back to the river.

Learn More Link: River Resource - Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on River Resource and find links to river pages, search for your river, or connect to other classrooms studying rivers.


Visual
Ethnobotanist Plotkin
Medicinal Herbs
Properties of the rain forest
Shaman
Age: 4 and Up
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The Shaman's Apprentice: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest

Kamanya believes in the shaman's wisdom about the healing properties of plants found in the Amazon rain forest and hopes one day to be a healer for his people.

More by Lynne Cherry

Earth Dog Online Storyand graphics - Earth Dog was once just a junk-yard dog and, like many humans, he didn't pay much attention to the environment.

How Groundhog's Garden Grew [stealing/sharing/community/planting a garden]