The text is written in a kid-friendly, understandable manner and asks and answers good questions. Wells Science Series Teachers' Guide. Maydak - Follow one drop of water as it makes its way on an amazing journey around the world emphasizing how essential water is every environment and how it is necessary for life. Traveling with Drop, readers see water underground, in plants and animals, clouds, ice and snow, and more. Told in verse, readers get a hefty dose of science and view water in all three forms as a solid, liquid, and gas.
With four pages of back matter on the science of water, this book provides a good introduction to water and the water cycle. Readers learn how water is cleaned and used before being returned again to the water cycle. Back matter includes an experiment, facts about water, and useful websites.
Water connects everything in the story. Without it there are no clouds, no stream, no pond, no rain, no meadow, and none of the living things that rely on water for life. An illustrated appendix in the back describes the plants and animals encountered in the text. Inspired by science books written for children more than years ago, Wick was inspired to try the experiments listed and photograph them.
The photographs show readers water in a way most have certainly not seen before. Wick carries out a number of these "old" experiments and in doing so captures water in stop-motion and highly magnified. The text that accompanies these photos is clearly written and not only informs but encourages exploration. Photos and text explore water's elastic surface, floating and sinking, soap bubbles and bubble shapes, moving molecules, ice, water vapor, condensation, evaporation, how clouds form, snowflakes, and much more. There is so much to learn here! Back matter includes ideas for readers to carry out their own observations and experiments.
Readers will learn that water is always on the move, shaping our earth. They will also learn why it is important to keep water clean. Using simple text and hands-on activities, Cobb encourages kids to explore and experiment to learn about the most basic properties of water. The boy in the book learns by pouring water into different containers, observing it drip and flow, and trying to absorb it with waxed paper and paper toweling. The interactive format of questions and answers guides readers through these activities using everyday objects.
She reminds us that the amount of water on Earth hasn't ever changed. Since this water has been around for billions of year, it is entirely possible that the water you drink may have "quenched the thirst of a dinosaur" more than one hundred million years ago. The double page spreads provide both informational paragraphs and short, factual boxed insets, beginning with the distribution of water on earth, the water cycle, water's essential role in life on Earth and watery habitats. From here, the author looks at how people use, need and access water.
Once the story has been edited, it is time to create an electronic version. Students can use the paint and drawing tools in Wixie or Frames to enhance their text with pictures to support their writing. They should record narration to each page, so that viewers will be able to hear the story as well as read it. When the work is complete, they can print the file from Wixie as a 4- or 6-panel comic, export the file from Wixie as an ePub for sharing and reading on tablets. If students are using Frames, they can export a video for sharing online or on video sharing sites like YouTube.
Sharing student work will motivate students to research accurately and write creatively. Organize an event or two where students have an opportunity to show off their work.
If they have created animations or videos, show them at an assembly. You can post the videos on your classroom web page, and consider also creating a YouTube or TeacherTube playlist, to make it easy for other science teachers to find and use your student's work to engage their classrooms in science. If students have published comics, print and display them around your classroom and school.
You may also consider uploaded images of these pages to sites like Shutterfly to create and publish a book you can keep in your classroom or school media center. If your students published their work as ebooks, or ePubs, create a page on your school web site to host the eBooks for download. You can also use a Google Drive or Drop Box folder to make the eBooks available for download to tablets. During the process, you can easily evaluate student understanding from the cycle graphic organizer.
Having students turn in their narrative writing and storyboards prior to creating the eBook, animation, or video will help you ensure that they are on the right track. The final product, whether it ends up as an eBook, animation, or video biography provides an opportunity for summative assessment. You may also want to include soft skills like team work, responsibility, organization, and problem solving as part of this final assessment. Cycles of the Earth System.
What is a Cycle? Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting e. Conduct short research projects to answer a question including a self-generated question , drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity. Creative Communicator Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
About the book: Take a ride with Pitter on a water cycle! How about going with Patter? My thoughts: This book features many concepts that older kids will find useful for school projects, such as information on the states of matter solid, liquid and gas , the water cycle evaporation, condensation, and precipitation , and activities that help them explore watersheds.
Lots of animals are featured that might be new to children, such as a mink and a mole. It is the perfect combination of fun and learning! In Pitter and Patter , Martha Sullivan and illustrator Cathy Morrison tell the tale of the water cycle through the journey of two water droplets, Pitter and Patter. While Pitter rains down onto an oak tree and travels through a stream, a river, and a wetland before ending up in the ocean, Patter lands in a meadow, seeps into soil, and makes his way into an cavernous stream, then a river before being swept out to sea.
Friends who parted ways as they descended from the clouds meet up in the ocean and together take the journey back up into the sky. Along the way, Pitter and Patter meet all sorts of animals, from a squirrel and river otter to a turtle and squid. Concepts such as precipitation, watershed, and evaporation are taught in a fun way, with colorful and charming illustrations. And kids will have fun searching each page for Pitter and Patter are—some are more obvious than others. In the back of the book, educational resources about the water cycle are provided for teachers and parents, including a neat diagram of the water cycle featuring the habitats and animals from the story.
Pitter lands on an oak leaf, drips into the stream below, and is on a water cycle adventure that carries him through a valley, wetland, and finally into the ocean. Along the way he meets fox and deer, dragonfly and trout. Patter lands in a meadow and percolates into the soil. His journey is different from Pitters, but eventually they both meet when they are evaporated back into the sky.
I always love books with back matter, especially when it includes hands-on activities with easy-to-get materials, which both books do. Beyond the book activities: there are tons of things to do besides pulling on your boots and splashing through puddles. Pitter and Patter is a beautifully illustrated book that is both clever and entertaining.
It is perfect for teaching—a great education tool.
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Pitter and Patter are both charming. This story is sure to delight. I have to admit the cover of Pitter and Patte r tricked me. I was hoping it was going to be a story about squirrels, but I was wondering why the raindrops were so big. Once Pitter and Patter land in separate areas, we follow them along their individual journeys back to becoming part of a cloud, meeting lots of animals, insects, and more along the way.
As Pitter and Patter travel down streams, through underground caves, and more, they eventually meet up again in the ocean where they turn into water vapor and head back up to the sky. And, if you are reading this with younger children, the illustrations are absolutely fantastic! Pitter and Patter by Martha Sullivan and illustrated by Cathy Morrison is a fun, adventurous book that will help you teach your children about the water cycle.
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Take a ride with patter and tumble from the sky, careen off a leaf, and travel through a watershed. A water drop seems pretty fun. As your travel with Pitter, you learn about the water cycle and how each drop takes different paths. We loved looking at the beautiful illustrations and identifying the animals. Impressively my son was right on almost all of them. We also counted the deer and bats.
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