Mr. Linky and I didn’t work out after all. Feel free to send your posts in the comments thoughout the weekend.
1. Archimedes Notebook reviews “Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature” – an awesome new book by Joyce Sidman.
2. MotherReader is sharing a preschool program she designed for the library, Science and Stories.
3. Anastasia at Chapter Book of the Day has The Water Cycle (Science Foundations) by Nikole Brooks Bethea (Author) – the debut book of her former student!
4. Roberta at Wrapped in Foil has has two Kingfisher books today from the My Life in the Wild series. She reviews Penguin and Cheetah.
5. Zoe at Playing By the Book has is has The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins.
By Kathryn Jewett
Illustrated by Fiammetta Dogi
“Stand still for a moment on the forest floor and armies of ant will stomp over our feet. Leeches start slinking toward you, hungry for blood. The trees above block out most of the light, so fungi, ferns, and mosses grow where the green plants can’t. It may be dark and damp, but this is one of the busiest layers of the forest.”
This gorgeous pop-up book puts the rainforest in a 3-D view to illustrate and narrate the rainforest layers and its inhabitants. Every other page gives information about the animals and plants living in that level. Alternating pages pop out to form a view deeper inside the rainforest. Cut out pop-ups fill the forest niches with animals and plants found there. Additional animal information is found around the edges of each theater scene.
This twenty page book is fun to read or simply look at. It’s remarkably sturdy and readers can find something new each time it was read. It would be a wonderful way to introduce rainforests to the classroom or make a lovely gift at birthday or holiday time.
Develop a food chain based on the plants and animals in the book.
Activity 2 (for younger children)
Identify the animals in the book or practice the colors of the life found inside the rainforest.
National Geographic has short information and pictures of rainforests.
This site explains a simple food chain.
This site has some rainforest activities.
National Science Standard: ecosystems dynamics, functioning, and resilience
Book provided by Kingfisher