Sunday, March 25, 2012

Connecting Science through Read Alouds

Somehow I find the time to connect science into every part of my day....I guess it's my passion and it overflows into all areas!  Have you noticed, by the way, that owls are extremely hot this year????

Right now we are reading Owl in the Shower  by Jean Craighead George.  It is an excellent story about the fate of an owl after a logging company has clear cut the land in the Northwest.  It is told covering the points of view of the owl (sort of), the logger (Leon) and the tree huggers (the teacher! ha ha). My students and I are familiar with owls living in Virginia, but not with the controversy surrounding the spotted owl out west.  The book is full of great vocabulary, interesting points of view, funny owl stories and lots of true facts. We have loved every minute of it!

As I have been reading it, I started a vocabulary chart to post in the room.  I ask the kids to remember three interesting words from the day's read aloud that we may need to discuss and add to our wall.  We have also added picture of the barred owl (Bardy in the story) as well as the spotted owl.  This is a great visual for discussion as well!

Recently, I decided to have the students do a Quick write to share what they had learned about owls from the book. We were fortunate to have the ibooks visiting in our classroom for the day and so they pleaded with me to let them type the quick writes out. No argument here!

To read some of the samples from my students, head over to
my blog Science Gal .


1 comment:

  1. Another great book is Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat. It was published the year I was born...shhh now you know how old I am!! Anyway, it is a delightful story! I am your newest follower.

    Owl Things First


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