- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers (August 12, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571109587
- ISBN-13: 978-1571109583
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, K-2
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'I have seen what may be the MOST useful and beautiful professional use title in all my livelong days. There are sample questions and worksheets and pretty much anything a K-2 teacher would need. It is also lovely on the old eyeballs and clearly well researched. I love it. You need it. No one has heard of it. Go get it.' --School Library Journal blog
'Perfect Pairs provides teachers with meaningful ways to use literature and inquiry to engage students in life science concepts' --The Nonfiction Detectives blog
Perfect Pairs, which marries fiction and nonfiction picture books focused on life science, helps educators think about and teach life science in a whole new way. Each of the twenty-two lessons in this book is built around a pair of books that introduces a critical life science concept and guides students through an inquiry-based investigative process to explore that idea—from animal/environment interactions to the role of structure in plant and animal survival, from inheritance of traits to variation of species.
Each lesson starts with a “Wonder Statement” and comprises three stages. “Engaging Students” features a hands-on activity that captures student interest, uncovers current thinking, and generates vocabulary. The heart of the investigative process, “Exploring with Students,” spotlights the paired books as the teacher reads aloud and helps students find and organize information into data tables. “Encouraging Students to Draw Conclusions” shows students how to review and analyze the information they have collected. Bringing high-quality science-themed picture books into the classroom engages a broad range of students, addresses the Performance Expectations outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards, and supports the goals of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
Even if you are science shy, Perfect Pairs can help you become a more confident teacher whose classroom buzzes with curious students eager to explore their natural world.
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When I opened up Perfect Pairs by Melissa Stewart and Nancy Chesley, I fondly thought about the books I have used in lessons in the past. The books that I used as read alouds and the ones that I used as the foundation for a lesson and those that I used to supplement and support the main text. Books like Swimmy by Leo Lionni, The Salamander's Room by Anne Mazer, or Jack's Garden by Henry Cole. I also thought about newer books like A Seed is Sleepy by Diana Hutts Aston, or Miss Maple's Seeds by Eliza Wheeler.
However, what I loved about this book is despite how comprehensive it is there is an ease in which it is laid out and how it is structured. Whether someone is a new or an experienced teacher, the ideas and suggestions are easy to follow and can be implemented in the classroom. For teachers, who may be a bit nervous about teaching science or for those, who are feeling overwhelmed when they hear NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), Perfect Pairs helps by making it all a little more understandable.
Recently, I took Perfect Pairs into a meeting I was having with a school librarian. She is one of the few librarians I know who also has an advanced degree in science. As she flipped through the book, her comment was "every K-2 teacher needs a copy of this". Yes, my sentiments exactly.
One example: Miss Maple’s Seeds and Planting the Wild Garden are the two fiction and nonfiction texts for the lesson about seed dispersal. The activities that the authors have developed based on these books, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Common Core are engaging and have helped motivate my reluctant readers to find other science books to read by themselves.
An added plus are the tables that are included in the appendices explicitly show how each lesson aligns with NGSS and the Common Core.
Don’t you or your students miss out! Our youngest students need and deserve to be taught science. Perfect Pairs can help begin their journeys in science, possibly igniting passions that culminate in future STEM careers.