A Sense of Place: Teaching Children about the Environment with Picture Books

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Libraries Unlimited, 1999 - Education - 145 pages
Celebrating nearby nature and the marvels of our own backyards, this book helps you introduce children to the world that surrounds them. With quality children's literature and these simple activities, you can cultivate a child's sense of wonder and joy and teach him or her the importance of living in harmony with nature. These projects span the curriculum and are presented in reproducible format, so they're easy to use. Highlighting the five senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch), they build connections between students and the land and create in young learners a sense of place - a true necessity for living in the world today.
(Grades K - 6).

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The Wonder of the Place
Sensing Our Place
Adapting to the Place
How Does the Place Work?
Animals of the Place
Plants of the Place
A Place in History
Protecting the Place
Field Guides for Children
About the Author

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Page xvii - If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.
Page 52 - When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe " John Muir National Headquarters: 730 Polk Street, San Francisco, California 94109 (415) 776-2211 Hr.
Page 66 - You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns.
Page xvii - Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
Page 4 - What is this Titan that has possession of me? Talk of mysteries! Think of our life in nature — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! the solid earth! the actual world! the common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we?
Page xix - THERE was a child went forth every day, And the first object he look'd upon, that object he became, And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day, Or for many years or stretching cycles of years.
Page 110 - OUR LAND IS MORE VALUABLE THAN YOUR MONEY. IT WILL LAST forever. It will not even perish by the flames of fire. As long as the sun shines and the waters flow, this land will be here to give life to men and animals. We cannot sell the lives of men and animals; therefore we cannot sell this land.
Page 52 - Everything is connected to everything else, 2. Everything must go somewhere, 3. Nature knows best, and 4. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
Page 4 - One impulse from a vernal wood May teach you more of man, Of moral evil and of good Than all the sages can.

About the author (1999)

DANIEL A. KRIESBERG is an elementary school teacher for Locust Valley Intermediate School and an environmental education consultant based in Locust Valley, New York.

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