Thursday, May 3, 2012

Exploring Nature With Picture Books

I use picture books, songs, and crafts to introduce various concepts to my grandson. This week it’s all about nature, so here's a mini-unit that I put together for him:
Written by Joyce Sidman
Illustrations by Beth Krommes

A Caldecott medalist and a Newbery Honor-winning poet celebrate the beauty and value of spirals.What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again—in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear?

With simplicity and grace, Krommes and Sidman not only reveal the many spirals in nature—from fiddleheads to elephant tusks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxies—but also celebrate the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape.

Check out the book trailer:

We made these adorable snails:

(Click here for the directions.)

And I found this fun video:

Slowly, slowly
Very slowly
Creeps the garden snail.

Slowly, slowly
Very slowly
Down the garden trail.

Quickly, quickly
Very quickly
Goes the little mouse.

Quickly, quickly
Very quickly
To her little house.

Squeak!

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