Get Back to Nature

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It might still be chilly outside, but you and your students can take a great escape into nature with these three books and activities.

Pax
Pax

Pax

Vocab

surreptitiously – done in a secret way
inseparable – not able to be separated, very close friends
evacuation – to remove from a dangerous place
jackknife – a small knife that has a folding blade
quivered – a shaking sound or movement or feeling caused by fear
carrion – flesh of dead animals
culvert – a drain or pipe that allows water to flow under a road

After you are done reading Pax, use this classroom kit from Harper Collins to explore the book further.

 



 

Activity

Watch this interview with author Sara Pennypacker and discuss it with your class.


 

The Fox and the Forest Fire
The Fox and the Forest Fire

The Fox and the Forest Fire

Vocab

tangled – twisted together or knotted
plume – something (such as smoke, steam, or water) that rises into the air in a tall, thin shape
warn – to tell someone about possible danger
wildfire – a fire in a wild area (like a forest) that is not controlled and that can burn a large area very quickly


After you are done reading The Fox and the Forest Fire, ask your students these questions:

How do the boy and mom feel about their new home near the forest?
What are some of the things they liked to do together around their new home?
What kind of things were there to study and do in the forest?
What are some of the things the boy and his friend the fox did together?
What does the boy do when he sees the plume of smoke off in the distance?
What do the boy and his mom do when they see the fire? What do the animals in the forest do?
What happens in the forest after the fire?

 Activity

Watch this video to learn more about the science behind wildfires.


Where do Creatures Sleep at Night?
Where do Creatures Sleep at Night?

Where Do Creatures Sleep at Night?

Vocab

fright – fear caused by sudden danger
perch – to sit or be on something high or on something from which it is easy to fall
huddle – to come close together in a group
nectar – a sweet liquid from plants
croak – a deep sound made by a frog or toad
scurry – to move quickly


After you are done reading Where Do Creatures Sleep at Night?, ask your students these questions:

Where does a butterfly go at the end of the day to sleep?
How can you tell if a frog is asleep?
Do goldfish close their eyes when they sleep?
Why do some ducks keep one eye open at night?
Where do momma birds like to make a nest for their babies to rest?
Who can sleep standing up on their feet and not fall over?
Where do cats like to sleep?
Who can sleep on the floor and sometime snore?
Where does your pet sleep?

 

Activity

Watch this video with your class to see different animal sleeping habitats.

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