Ch 5: Teaching Picture Books About Nature

About This Chapter

Picture books are effective tools you can use to relate facts about various concepts for young learners. In this chapter, you will find examples of ways you can use several picture books about nature to generate class discussions and use activities to supplement your instructional strategies.

Teaching Picture Books about Nature - Chapter Summary

Refer to this chapter if you are seeking creative ways to teach your students about some nature topics, such as trees, deserts and rainforests. You will find outlines of group and individual class and homework projects, assignments and activities ranging from art projects to research papers that students will be inspired to do after reviewing such books as The Great Kapok Tree, A Walk in the Rainforest, A Walk in the Desert and Nature's Green Umbrella. Other titles covered in this chapter include:

  • A Grand Old Tree
  • A Tree is Growing
  • Be a Friend to Trees
  • Franklin Plants a Tree
  • The Tree Lady
  • A Walk in the Prairie
  • A Walk in the Tundra
  • The Busy Tree
  • One Small Place in a Tree

Discussing the books in class can spark discussions about the books themselves as well as the subjects they cover; you might, for instance, expand discussions about Tundra animals, plants and climate after reading A Walk in the Tundra. Corresponding text or video lessons delve deeper into nature topics and you can use these to supplement your existing class materials.

How It Helps

  • Common standards: Makes sure your lessons adhere to literacy Common Core standards covering reading comprehension, analysis and vocabulary
  • Activities or games: Describes group and individual projects and activities that expand your students' thinking about these topics and allows them to apply a creative approach to learning
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Suggests topics for class discussions about specific book titles or nature subjects that you can employ in class to expand your current lesson plans and encourage class participation

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning picture book about nature lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific picture books about nature topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your reading class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related picture books about nature lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of picture books about nature.
  • Engage your students with relevant picture books about nature-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

30 Lessons in Chapter 5: Teaching Picture Books About Nature
When Charlie McButton Lost Power Lesson Plan

1. When Charlie McButton Lost Power Lesson Plan

Use this lesson to introduce students to the story 'When Charlie McButton Lost Power.' Students will create emoji masks to identify Charlie's emotions throughout the story and brainstorm activities for the next time he loses power.

Storm is Coming! by Heather Tekavec Activities

2. Storm is Coming! by Heather Tekavec Activities

'Storm is Coming!' is an exciting book by Heather Tekavec about farm animals fearing the storm that is approaching. Use the activities below to get students actively involved in learning as they reflect on this story.

The Wind Blew Lesson Plan

3. The Wind Blew Lesson Plan

What happens when the wind blows? Crazy things! In this lesson, we will see what crazy things the wind can do as we read 'The Wind Blew' by Pat Hutchins.

Me on the Map Lesson Plan

4. Me on the Map Lesson Plan

This lesson will help younger students describe their geographic location in different ways and understand their place in the world. Students will read ''Me on the Map'', create a map of their room, and make a cup stacking game.

A River Ran Wild Lesson Plan

5. A River Ran Wild Lesson Plan

After reading A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry, students recognize that environmental pollution is not just a modern-day concern. This lesson plan ensures comprehension and provides an activity for further connection.

A Grand Old Tree Lesson Plan

6. A Grand Old Tree Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the life cycle of a tree and discuss how a tree is born and how it is still useful even after it dies. This lesson uses the book, 'A Grand Old Tree', by Mary Newell Depalma.

A Tree Is Growing Lesson Plan

7. A Tree Is Growing Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, understand and use domain-specific vocabulary, and describe the growth of a tree while reading 'A Tree is Growing' by Arthur Dorros.

Window by Jeannie Baker Lesson Plan

8. Window by Jeannie Baker Lesson Plan

Have you ever read a book with no words? In this lesson, we will look at the book, 'Window,' by Jeannie Baker. The book has no words which gives us the opportunity to decide for ourselves what each page should say.

A Tree Is Nice Lesson Plan

9. A Tree Is Nice Lesson Plan

Why do we need trees? In this lesson, we will learn the importance of trees as we read 'A Tree is Nice' by Janice May Udry. We will also create a book about some of the uses we have for trees.

Be a Friend to Trees Lesson Plan

10. Be a Friend to Trees Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will teach your students about the book ''Be a Friend to Trees.'' They will also participate in a hands-on activity that will reinforce newly-learned concepts from this fun and educational book.

Franklin Plants a Tree Lesson Plan

11. Franklin Plants a Tree Lesson Plan

Franklin is disappointed when the tree he is given to plant in his yard is only a tiny sapling. What will Franklin do? We'll find out as we read the book, ''Franklin Plants a Tree'' by Paulette Bourgeois and then retell the story by creating a story map.

The Tree Lady Lesson Plan

12. The Tree Lady Lesson Plan

Kate was a girl who loved trees. In this lesson, we will read ''The Tree Lady'' by H. Joseph Hopkins and learn how one girl grew up to change an entire city because of her love for trees.

Feel the Wind Lesson Plan

13. Feel the Wind Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will teach your students about wind using the book, 'Feel the Wind' by Arthur Dorros. They will also participate in a fun activity that will reinforce concepts from the book.

A Walk in the Desert Lesson Plan

14. A Walk in the Desert Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students summarize informational text and learn the meaning of content-specific vocabulary as they read ''A Walk in the Desert'' by Rebecca L. Johnson.

A Walk in the Rainforest Lesson Plan

15. A Walk in the Rainforest Lesson Plan

Get your students excited as they learn about the rainforest biome. They will learn from reading A Walk in the Rainforest, discussing rainforests, and creating their own rainforest flipbook.

A Walk in the Tundra Lesson Plan

16. A Walk in the Tundra Lesson Plan

Are you looking for some activities to go with 'A Walk in the Tundra?' Take a look at this lesson plan for activities to use after reading a book about the plants and animals in the Tundra.

A Walk in the Prairie Lesson Plan

17. A Walk in the Prairie Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students learn about the prairie biome. They will learn about animals that live there, the climate, and so much more with the help of Rebecca L. Johnson's book, ''A Walk in the Prairie''.

Nature's Green Umbrella Lesson Plan

18. Nature's Green Umbrella Lesson Plan

Through activities in this lesson, students read and discuss the book, 'Nature's Green Umbrella,' by Gail Gibbons. To support understanding of the text, students complete a text-based scavenger hunt and a hands-on activity related to transpiration.

The Busy Tree Lesson Plan

19. The Busy Tree Lesson Plan

How could a tree possibly be busy? We'll find out in this lesson as we read the book, ''The Busy Tree'' by Jennifer Ward. We'll also listen for rhymes as we read and play a rhyming game.

One Small Place in a Tree Lesson Plan

20. One Small Place in a Tree Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, describe the events that create a hole in a tree, and define domain-specific terms while reading ''One Small Place in a Tree'' by Barbara Brenner.

The Great Kapok Tree Lesson Plan

21. The Great Kapok Tree Lesson Plan

Do your students understand the message embedded in 'The Great Kapok Tree' by Lynne Cherry? This lesson plan expands upon the content of the book with the help of a text lesson and activity.

Amazon Rainforest Facts: Lesson for Kids

22. Amazon Rainforest Facts: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson you will learn about the Amazon Rainforest by focusing on the geography and climate of this area. You'll find out who calls the rainforest home, and explore the layers that make up the rainforest.

The Great Kapok Tree Activities

23. The Great Kapok Tree Activities

'The Great Kapok Tree' exemplifies the importance of rainforest conservation. These activities allow students to learn about the rainforest and their importance to the environment while completing a literary analysis.

Rocks In His Head Lesson Plan

24. Rocks In His Head Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, recognize the author's purpose, and retell a story from another perspective while reading ''Rocks in His Head'' by Carol Otis Hurst.

Poor Pluto Lesson Plan

25. Poor Pluto Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will guide teachers and their students through the engaging book, Poor Pluto. Students will consider positive responses to negative emotions while participating in discussion, active imitation, and writing activities.

Poor Pluto Book: Lesson for Kids

26. Poor Pluto Book: Lesson for Kids

This lesson reviews the book ''Poor Pluto!'' written by a third grade class from Tokay Colony Elementary School in 2007. Characters, setting, summary and analysis of the story are included in the lesson.

The Wump World Activities

27. The Wump World Activities

''The Wump World'' is a children's story about conservation and the dangers of polluting. Students can use these activities to engage with this story in educational and creative ways.

Me on the Map Activities

28. Me on the Map Activities

'Me on the Map' by Joan Sweeney provides an excellent example of how places on maps are all interrelated, taking readers from a room to a house to a street and all the way out to the planet. These activities will make reading this book even more fun.

The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree Activities

29. The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree Activities

'The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree' is a clever book by Gail Gibbons that can be used to teach students about apples, trees, and the seasons. Use the activities in this asset to make learning fun.

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves Activities

30. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves Activities

'Fletcher and the Falling Leaves' is a book by Julia Rawlinson about a little fox watching as the leaves fall from his favorite tree. Use the activities in this asset to help students connect with this story.

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