Fredericks offers teachers a place to turn for practical suggestions on using specific trade books in units on natural disasters. Aimed at middle-grade teachers, the book begins with a few chapters explaining Fredericks' approach to including children's literature in the science curriculum, and then proceeds with a topic-by-topic exploration of the subjects to be taught. Chapters cover disasters such as volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, avalanches, and landslides. Within each chapter, several good children's books are recommended. For each of these titles, Fredericks offers several "critical thinking questions" and a number of activities, as well as Web sites for further inquiry. Although some of the questions and activities seem much more usable than others, the sheer volume of suggestions ensures that teachers will have plenty of ideas that can be incorporated into classroom units. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Tap into students' inherent awe of storms, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, avalanches, landslides, and tsunamis to open their minds to the wonders and power of the natural world. Using quality children's literature as a springboard to learning, this guide extends the understanding of science concepts through short activities, longer projects, and adventures. Students can use the literature and activities not just to better understand the forces of nature, but to grasp the implications of that potency on the lives of people near and far.