Reflection: Vertical Alignment Layers of the Mountains - Section 2: Explore


Any time I can bring a piece of history into the connection of teaching science, I am happy.  I personally, love the connection to history that science brings and I love to share that joy and passion with children.  

I believe that when you can show children that the concepts and ideas we are teaching currently today are connected to others from the past, they begin to see the continuity of life.  They may not grasp it in that way, especially at such a young age.  But the seed will be planted and the names cemented in their minds when we are making those connections.  

Once in the name is a part of their speaking vocabulary, it will eventually become part of their reading and writing vocabularies.  And once that happens, the concepts will follow their learning and deepen their understanding of the world.  

Henry David Thoreau is one connection of many in this unit.  Others that will find their way into the celebration of this unit will be: John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt.  

John Muir will be the first to be enjoyed when we read his biography and learn about his love of the Yosemite Mountains.  

Next, Theodore Roosevelt will be read about and discussed when we deepen our study.  Teddy was a lover of nature as well.  I read both books, but do not say much about the two men's connection in history.  

After I have read both books, I read the children Camping With the President I don't say anything, just read....the book tells the story about the two men and how they met together and literally changed the face of forests in our country.  I want the children to not only appreciate the focus of the science behind the mountain, but also to understand their role in protecting the forests. Sharing the contribution these two men played in this, demonstrates to the children how a small act an grow to be something monumental. 

  Vertical Alignment: Connecting to History
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Layers of the Mountains

Unit 4: Unit 4- The Alpine Mountain Environment
Lesson 1 of 9

Objective: SWBAT sort animals and plants into the correct layers of the deciduous forest.

Big Idea: Exploring the biomes of the mountains and forests offers students a chance to make observations of the diversity of the biome.

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