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Archive for August, 2018

Bees and Pollinators

Bees Matter by Erika Wassall

This title takes readers through our warming world where bee habitats are dwindling. Learn why humans are the cause of dropping bee populations and what we can do to help them bounce back.

Bees : a Honeyed History by Piotr Socha

Bees celebrates the important role that these intriguing insects have played in our ecosystem throughout the ages.

Buzz, Bee! by  Jennifer Szymanski

Introduces readers to the world of bees, discussing what they need to live and how they behave.

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber

Demonstrates how Scout the bee searches for nectar to sustain her hive and pollinates flowers to produce seeds and fruits.

The King of Bees by Lester Laminack

Bee & Me by Alison Jay

Bee : a Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

Pollinator activity: https://www.annettewhipple.com/2017/01/pollination-activity.html

Bee craft: https://nontoygifts.com/paper-plate-bee-craft-kids/

 

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Building

Building Structures and Towers by Tammy Enz

Building Our House by Johnathan Bean

Dreaming Up : a Celebration of Building by Christy Hale

This is an inspiring building book with artwork showing children at work building with everyday materials. Poems echo the shape of the child’s creation with photographs of real-world buildings that have the design features from the children’s constructions.

Resources https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/dreaming

Block play ideas: http://www.youclevermonkey.com/2013/08/block-prompt.html

Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bigger! Bigger! by Leslie Patricelli

Blocks by Irene Dickson

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming

 

 

Wind and Rain

Wind by Marion Dane Bauer

Easy to understand explanation of wind and how it works.

I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb, illustrated by Julia Gorton

Explanations of wind including activities within the book to help children engage with the concepts.

The Wind by Monique Felix

Fun wordless book about a mouse who sees flying things in the sky. He builds a pinwheel out of the paper in the book so he can fly as well.

Willa and the Wind retold by Janice M. Del Negro and illustrated by Heather Solomon.

This is an original story based on a Norwegian Folktale. A beautifully illustrated picture book about a girl who goes to visit the Wind and gets priceless gifts each time she visits.

The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins

The wind blew, and blew, and blew It blew so hard, it took everything with it: Mr. White’s umbrella, Priscilla’s balloon, the twins’ scarves, even the wig on the judge’s head. But just when the wind was about to carry everything out to sea, it changed its mind.

Splish, Splash, Ducky! By Lucy Cousins

Quack, quack, quack! Ducky Duckling loves playing outside in the rain. He hops with frog, squirms with wriggly worm and splashes with the fishes.

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld

Cloudette is a little cloud who is looking to do something big. She discovers new friends, new adventures, and her own silver lining.

Cloudette bookmark coloring activity here : https://www.tomlichtenheld.com/childrens_books/images/activity_guides/BookmarkLichtenheld.pdf

The Rain Came Down

Caldecott Honor artist David Shannon captures the mayhem after an unexpected rainstorm.

Drip painting activity https://inspirationlaboratories.com/the-rain-came-down-drip-painting/

Wind activities: http://keepinglifecreative.com/creative-learning/the-windy-day-book-of-week

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