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Curious George Discovers

These Curious George Discovers series of science titles offer wonderful extension activities such as science experiments, project ideas, glossary, and more!

Dawn Publications Science Books

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing ClimateA Teacher's Guide to How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate

When the weather changes daily, how do we really know that Earth’s climate is changing? Here is the science behind the headlines – evidence from flowers, butterflies, birds, frogs, trees, glaciers and much more, gathered by scientists from all over the world, sometimes with assistance from young “citizen-scientists.” And here is what young people, and their families and teachers, can do to learn about climate change and take action. Climate change is a critical and timely topic of deep concern, here told in an age-appropriate manner, with clarity and hope. Kids can make a difference!

Teacher’s Guide: using the book How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate, this guide helps teachers explore global warming through engaging lessons and classroom activities. Suggestions are provided to differentiate instruction and conduct project-based learning. Lessons and activities are correlated to science standards for grades 5-8.

Walk in the RainforestA Teacher's Guide to A Walk in the Rainforest

Walk in the Rainforest

Written and illustrated by a 14-year-old in 1992, this best-selling book has introduced a whole generation to the wonders of a very important habitat. Following XYZ the Ant, young readers walk through the alphabet and engage in fun alliterations about the amazing anteater, majestic macaw, and quiet quetzal along with the other inhabitants they encounter in the rainforest. The colourful illustrations were done in magic marker. It reaches a large age range because the large text is for young readers, while the smaller text is for you or more advanced children.

Teacher’s Guide: based on Pratt-Serafini’s picture book favorite for rain forest study, A Walk in the Rainforest, this guide includes lessons about habitat, interdependency of species, the rain forest water cycle, native peoples, oxygen generation, and much more.

A Drop Around the WorldA Teacher's Guide to Drop Around the World

A Drop Around the World

This book is a year-after-year favorite with teachers. It engagingly leads readers around the world following a drop of water—whether as steam or snow, inside a plant or animal, or underground—teaching the wonders and importance of the water cycle. (There is lots of geography, too.) Four pages of science about the qualities of water are included.

Teacher’s Guide:  focuses on the magic of water, world habitats including maps and background information. This 48-page Guide by master teachers Bruce and Carol Malnor provides a six-week thematic unit plan as well as individual lesson plans on the qualities of water. It includes background information and maps for the impact of water on the major world habitats..

LifetimesA Teacher's Guide to Lifetimes


Teachers and parents, this book is an outstanding teaching resource, much more than the title might suggest. Beginning with: A lifetime for a mayfly is about one day, it presents 24 lifetimes such as that of an earthworm (about six years), a giant sequoia (about 2,000 years), a bacteria (well, that depends), a dinosaur (never again) and the universe (about 15 to 20 billion years). Each example comes with detailed illustrations and something to ponder, such as, for earthworms: Worms teach us that our work can be very important, even if it cannot be seen. Each plant or animal is practically a lesson plan in itself, with tell about it, think about it, and look it up challenges. Written by a retired teacher, this is a favorite book for children and teachers alike.

Teacher’s Guide:  based on Lifetimes, a picture book which introduces some of nature’s longest, shortest, and most unusual plant and animal lifetimes, these lesson plans support learning the benchmark standards for science, language arts, and life skills. Makes extensive use of mind mapping.

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