For where do we have greater opportunities to teach awareness of environment, the beauty of nature, and the good life, than right here in Iowa? And regardless of your district science curriculum, these themes can be tucked between, or incorporated into existing units of study. Often it takes just the right story to stimulate thinking and encourage children to ask questions and seek knowledge. Share with the children in your class the best authors that are available. Try to select authors that reflect love of the environment and real life experiences in their writings. The fiction books that you use with children should, first of all, be entertaining. Beyond that, look for books that expand vocabulary and provide opportunities for teaching beyond the story itself. We need to expose children to the following themes: gardening, seeds and weeds; weather; changing seasons and time; foods and nutrition; healthy bones and teeth; rocks and soil; and animals. These themes can be developed through the use of motivational stories and specific follow up activities.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1987 by the Iowa Academy of Science
"What Every Young Iowa Child Should Know,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 24
, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol24/iss1/3