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Book Title: The Reasons for Seasons|
Date of issue: January 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780823412389
The author of the book: Gail Gibbons
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.19 MB
Edition: Holiday House
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Author: Gail Gibbons
Date of Publication:1991
Genre: Non Fiction/Informational text
Summary: This book gives a clear, simple explanations for why we have seasons. The book also lists the different weather patterns and typical activities in various seasons.
Evaluative Commentary: The illustrations in the book greatly aid the comprehension of the concepts discussed in the text. The text is not too text heavy, however lay out might be a bit challenging for the younger children due to use of diagrams. This is a great introduction into topics of the season, but does not really go into depth on the various topics like animal migration or preparation for winter.
(For the younger students)How many seasons do we have? Can you list them all? (before reading/prior knowledge assessment)
What happens to the Earth in relation to the sun throughout the year?
Can you show me on this map/globe where is the North pole? Where is the South pole?
How long does it take the Earth to make a full rotation? (see if they can make any connections to 24 hours in a day).
When is the Spring Equinox?
What is a migration?
What are some animals that migrate?
When we have Summer here in America in the Northern hemisphere, what season is it in Australia, the Southern Hemisphere?
When is the longest day of the year and what is it called?
How role does the equator play in the changing of the seasons? (older students, difficult concept).
How do some animals prepare themselves for winter? (would need additional texts/information)
Comprehension Strategy: It would be important to review/learn vocab definitions such as: equinox, solstice north/south pole, equator, migration .Can be part of a unit on seasons, animal migration, growing seasons, different geographical regions.. For the younger learners (Kindergarden, 1st grade) Emergent readers, the pictures reveal a lot.
Extension activity: Research a specific animal that migrates, can be an individual or a group project. Using a year worksheet/smart board projection circle (winter solstice/summer solstice, spring/autumn equinox).
Using a graphing organizer write/draw (depending on the age) your favorite activities for each of the four seasons (The book can be used as a referencing for ideas and spelling for the younger grades).
Discuss why leaves turn colors as part of a science unit.. additional research may be conducted by the students or provided by the teacher.
The class Can make a model out of modeling clay, string or paper mache to.
Do a bingo style game with different season facts.
Electronic resource: Fun activities related to Seasons, worksheets, fact sheets etc.
http://www.neok12.com/Seasons.htm videos, animations, lesson plans related to seasons.
Read information about the authorFrom gailgibbons.com: I was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1944. Even as a little child, I was always busy putting books together. Sometimes I would bind them with yarn to hold the pages together. I've always loved drawing and painting. I was also a very curious child. My parents tell me that I was always asking lots and lots of questions.
Later, I went on to the University of Illinois, where I studied graphic design. Then I moved to New York City, where I got a job doing artwork for television shows. Eventually I was asked to do the artwork for a children's show. While doing that show, some of the children asked me if I had ever thought of doing children's books. My mind immediately recalled how much I enjoyed doing that type of thing when I was a child. So I put an idea for a book together and right away a publisher bought it. That book was called Willy and His Wheel Wagon. Since then, over 170 books that I have written and illustrated have been published. The type of books I write are non-fiction books. This is because I love researching so much. I get to ask lots of questions, just like when I was a kid. I also get to travel and meet lots of interesting people. While doing research for my book Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests, I traveled to two islands where there are tropical rain forests, Saba and Dominica. I also had a great time writing and illustrating the book. I get a lot of pleasure from doing the type of work I do.
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