|Four Animal Books: Tender Moments, Amusing Moments, Peaceful Moments, and Beautiful Moments|
Tender Moments in the Wild: Animals and Their Babies
Amusing Moments in the Wild: Animals and Their Friends
Peaceful Moments in the Wild: Animals and Their Homes
Beautiful Moments in the Wild: Animals and Their Colors
They all use realistic photographs of animals, and give little facts that are just perfect for kindergarten or pre-k. Fiction books about animals have their place, but if you're really trying to integrate science with language, I think these four books are perfect.
We also made this T-chart today, classifying animals by whether they live on land or in water:
|T-chart to classify animals that live on land or in water|
My post would not be complete without talking about some fabulous songs that discuss animal habitats:
"Habitat" by Walkin' Jim Stoltz: My students pretend that they have guitars when they sing this song, and you'll find yourself singing "Habitat, habitat, have to have a habitat" as you leave the school building - it's very catchy! My 21-year-old daughter teases me about singing songs like this.
"Habitat Scat" by Mar Harmon: If your tastes lean toward jazz and playing with words, try this song.
"Habitat Homes" by Dr. Jean: If you want a slower, more sentimental type of song that also describes the physical features of animals' environments, then see if this suits you.
What are your favorite songs and books to use when teaching about animals and habitats?