CHICAGO – While the daily news is filled with reports on climate change, severe weather, environmental distress, and endangered species, librarians and children’s educators may not know how to fit these topics into their curriculum. current. “by Christine M. Kirker”25 projects for eco-explorers”, Published by ALA Editions, offers an ideal solution, showcasing over two dozen ready-made projects on environmental topics that can be incorporated into K-5 educational lesson plans and library programming for children. from 4 to 10 years old. Starting with a representative picture book as a basis, children are guided through each topic using a hands-on project that reinforces learning. Whether they are in the classroom or at the library, children will feel excited and engaged as they explore topics such as:
- bees, loggerhead turtles, mountain gorillas, polar bears and other animals;
- environments like coral reefs, estuaries and the Galapagos Islands;
- forest fires, hurricanes and tornadoes;
- composting, gardens, seeds and the farm-to-table movement; and
- garbage, recycling, renewable energy, water conservation and Earth Day.
This title is also available in PDF format as part of the Pack “75 projects for young explorers”.
Kirker is Associate Librarian at the Carroll County Public Library, Maryland. Since joining the library staff in 2005, she has developed and presented numerous programs for children of all ages, including monthly science programs for preschoolers. As a co-author, his books include “Storytime Magic”, “Kindergarten Magic” and “Multicultural Storytime Magic”. Previously, she spent ten years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a research analyst for the Office of Institutional Research. She presents trainings and programs with ways to improve storytelling hours through her website Storytime Stuff.
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