Environments – Recommended Books

FOSS has developed a list of recommended resources for each module. These resources include listings for nonfiction and fiction books for students, resource books for teachers, websites, images, videos, and local resources that extend the hands-on science activities in each module.
Resources intended for teachers only are labeled with yellow: Teacher-only Resource
Resources intended for students are labeled in blue: Student Resource
Books: Non-Fiction
Some of these resources may be out-of-print, either permanently or for a short time while they are being reprinted. These resources have been included here because they are still good extensions (some classic) to the FOSS modules and courses. If you can't find them for purchase, check your local library or try searching one of the used book sites available online.

We also provide printable lists of the recommended books for all Next Generation and Third Edition K-5 modules on the Science-Centered Language Development information page under the Teaching Tools menu.
101 Things Everyone Should Know about Science
Grade Level:  3-12Author:  Dia Michels and Nathan LevyPublisher:  Science Naturally!Year:  2006ISBN:  0-9678020-5-9Description:  101 Things Everyone Should Know About Science uses a question-and answer format to entice the reader into learning more about key concepts in biology, chemistry, physics, earth, and general science. This book is perfect for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of how science impacts everyday life. Some questions include "Why do you see lightning before you hear thunder?" "What keeps the planets orbiting around the sun?" "Why do we put salt on roads when they are icy?"
A Log's Life
Grade Level:  Pre-K-5Author:  Wendy PfefferIllustrator:  Robin BrickmanPublisher:  Simon and SchusterYear:  1997ISBN:  0-689-80636-1Description:  One day a storm hits and a great oak falls. It becomes a dead log, quickly filling with all forms of life: ants, spiders, milllipedes, termites, and so on. As the years pass, new creatures make the log their home. It provides food and shelter for many. Before long, what is left becomes soil. An acorn falls into this black rich earth, and, one day, another great oak takes its place.
A Refreshing Look at Renewable Energy with Max Axiom Super Scientist
Grade Level:  4-8Author:  Katherine KrohnIllustrator:  Cynthia Martin, Barbara SchulzPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1429-63902-6Description:  Graphic nonfiction features a "super scientist" who is super knowledgeable about renewable energy. Where does energy come from, what makes energy renewable, large-scale renewable energy, and new roads in renewable energy are all discussed in this unique science book.
A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Lynne CherryPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  2002ISBN:  0-152-16372-7Description:  An environmental history of the Nashua River, from its discovery by Native Americans through the polluting years of the Industrial Revolution to the ambitious cleanup effort that revitalized it.
A Teacher's Guide to A Walk in the Rainforest
Author:  Carol MalnorPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2004ISBN:  1-883-22074-2Description:  Based on Pratt's picture book A Walk in the Rainforest, this guide includes lessons about habitat, interdependency of species, the rain forest water cycle, native peoples, oxygen generation, and much more.
A Walk in the Rainforest
Grade Level:  2-6Author:  Kristin Joy PrattPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  1992ISBN:  1-878-26553-9Description:  Written and illustrated by a high school student, this environmental ABC presents ecological information for young audiences. Each letter features an animal or plant found in the rain forest with an explanatory paragraph. Also included are warnings about endangered species, deforestation, and the harm coming to native peoples.
Acid Rain
Grade Level:  6-8Author:  Colin Hocking, Jacqueline Barber, Jan CoonrodPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of ScienceYear:  2002ISBN:  0-924886-14-5Description:  This unit fosters substantial scientific inquiry skills as students learn about acids and the pH scale through a number of hands-on activities. Students analyze sophisticated environmental issues and consider the complexity of environmental decisions. GEMS guide.
Alternative Energy: Beyond Fossil Fuels
Grade Level:  4-8Author:  Dana Meachen RauPublisher:  Compass PointYear:  2010ISBN:  978-0756-54247-4Description:  Alternative energy sources such as water, wind, and sun provide promising and environmentally friendly solutions to the energy crisis. This book address the alternatives including simply using less electricity.
Ancient Ones: The World of the Old-Growth Douglas Fir
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Barbara BashPublisher:  Sierra ClubYear:  1994ISBN:  1-578-05081-2Description:  Describes an old-growth forest in the Pacific Northwest, an area that stretches from northern California to southeast Alaska. Explains how and why these forests are disappearing and what that might mean for our future.
Anfibios/Amhibians: Eyewitness Series in Spanish
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Barry Clarke et al.Publisher:  DK PublishingYear:  1995ISBN:  756613809Description:  This series includes beautiful photographs and accurate information about the subject.
Animal Defenses: How Animals Protect Themselves
Grade Level:  2-6Author:  Etta KanerIllustrator:  Pat StephensPublisher:  Kids Can PressYear:  1999ISBN:  978-1-55074-421-7Description:  What do you do when you are afraid? Do you yell for help? Do you hide or run away? Some animals also do these things when they are threatened, while others use more unusual methods to defend themselves. This book explores many different animal defenses. Full color illustrations.
Animals in Danger
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Ellen CatalaPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2006ISBN:  0-7368-5832-6Description:  Learn what animals need to survive and how humans are disrupting their space and endangering their lives.
Aquatic Habitats
Grade Level:  2-6Author:  Katharine Barrett, Carolyn WillardPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of ScienceISBN:  0-924886-01-3Description:  These engaging life science activities, in which students set up and observe living "desktop ponds" in the classroom, convey key environmental concepts and illustrate the interactive nature of living ecosystems. GEMS Guide.
Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation
Grade Level:  8-12Author:  Sharon Gamson DanksPublisher:  New Village PressYear:  2010ISBN:  9780976605485Description:  Hands down, this is absolutely the most comprehensive book about greening schoolyards that I have seen, and I've seen most of them. The author's work involves photos from unbelievable green spaces from 11 countries around the world and spans a decade of research. If you have an inkling of desire to do some greening projects in a schoolyard or are looking for inspiration for yourself or others, this book provides all the information you need, along with saving you time and money. It is loaded with gorgeous photos of students working and learning outdoors in spaces that are now teeming with life but were once barren asphalt. The teacher in me focused on the many ways to organize seating outdoors. Some are simple seating arrangements using tree sections in a circle or various ways to have amphitheater seating. There are also photos of artful and functional cob bench sculptures or the dual functioning flower-shaped concrete raised tree bed that also provides seating.
At Home In The Rainforest
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Diane WillowIllustrator:  Laura JacquesPublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  1991ISBN:  0-881-06485-8Description:  From the tops of the tropical trees to the forest floor, this book shows the interrelationships of plants and animals that thrive at each level of an Amazonian rain forest.
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Sneed B. Collard IIIIllustrator:  Robin BrickmanPublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  2002ISBN:  978-1-57091-388-4Description:  The intricate characteristics of a variety of birds' beaks are presented. The habits of birds and the information on how their beaks' composition allows them to eat are intriguing.
Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart of Nature Education
Author:  David SobelPublisher:  The Orion Society's Nature Literacy SeriesYear:  1996ISBN:  913098507Description:  If you teach, or feel you should teach, about environmental issues to students in grades K-8, then it is essential that you read this book. Sobel's primary argument is that well-intentioned educators often dive into issues about how humans are destroying Earth (rain forests are burning, polar bears are dying, oil is killing everything) at too young of an age. He writes, "What's important is that children have an opportunity to bond with the natural world, to learn to love it, before being ask to heal its wounds." He proposes three phases of environmental curricula, "In early childhood, activities should center on enhancing the developmental tendency toward empathy with the natural world; in middle childhood, exploration should take precedence; and in the early adolescence, social action should assume a more central role."
Birds: Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Caroline ArnoldIllustrator:  Patricia J. WynnePublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  2003ISBN:  978-1-57091-572-7Description:  This is a clear, interesting book about how birds fly. The author addresses the concept of lift and how birds' wings and feathers are structured to make flight possible.
Body Bugs (Extreme! series)
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Trevor DayPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4296-3112-9Description:  This book reveals the unpleasant creatures and pests that make their homes on and inside your body.
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Van WallachPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4296-1923-3Description:  Why does a cobra have a hood? Get the answer to this and other questions about cobras.
Collecting Data in Animal Investigations
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Diana NoonanPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5237-7Description:  Move math skills up to the next level! Kid-friendly, real-life situations put math into action. By showing how we use math every day, teachers finally have an answer to the question, "But when will I every use this?" Each book extends learning with graphic organizers and problem-solving activities.
Come Back Salmon
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Molly ConeIllustrator:  Sidnee WheelwrightPublisher:  Sierra ClubYear:  1994ISBN:  0-871--56489-0Description:  This photo-essay describes the efforts of the Jackson Elementary School in Everett, WA, to clean up a nearby stream, stock it with salmon, and preserve it as a place where the salmon can return to spawn.
Coyote: North America's Dog
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Stephen R. SwinburnePublisher:  Boyds Mills PressYear:  1999ISBN:  1-563-97765-6Description:  The author introduces the coyote through his own observations of this somewhat controversial animal. The text invites readers to form their own opinions, showing the coyote as hated and hunted, but also tolerated as part of the ecological balance and venerated in Native American lore. "Coyote Fact" sidebars throughout will attract browsers and reluctant readers.
Deformed Frogs: A Cause and Effect Investigation
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Kathy AllenPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4533-1Description:  With missing body parts, extra legs, and eyes growing inside mouths, something unusual is happening to frogs. As their environment changes, frogs have become animals on the edge. Discover how scientists are trying to answer the questions behind deformed frogs.
Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Barbara BashPublisher:  Sierra ClubYear:  2002ISBN:  1-578-05085-5Description:  Describes how the cactus provides homes for woodpeckers, owls, and hawks, and food for bats, birds, coyotes, and the indigenous people of Arizona's Sonoran Desert.
Digging for Bird Dinosaurs: An Expedition to Madagascar
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Nic BishopPublisher:  Houghton MifflinYear:  2000ISBN:  0-618-19682-XDescription:  Follows Cathy Forster on an expedition to Madagascar, where she searches for evidence that dinosaurs and birds are related.
Eco-Women: Protectors of the Earth
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Willow Ann SirchPublisher:  Fulcrum PublishingYear:  1996ISBN:  1-555-91252-4Description:  Describes the lives of famous women who worked to protect certain animals and their habitat, including Jane Goodall, Wangari Maathai, and Barbara Kerr.
Elephants Under Pressure: A Cause and Effect Investigation
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Kathy AllenPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4534-8Description:  Charging elephants trample homes causing injuries and even death. As their habitat and food supplies shrink, elephants have become animals on the edge. Discover how scientists are trying to answer the questions behind elephants under pressure.
Endangered Species
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Nora L. DeansPublisher:  National GeographicYear:  2003ISBN:  0-7922-8877-7Description:  A concise book on why animals become extinct and how to protect this from occurring. Discusses the controversies and balancing act between how to keep endangered animals alive but also meet the needs of humans in the environment.
Explore the Deciduous Forest
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Linda TagliaferroPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6403-9Description:  Take a close look at the deciduous forest and the plants and animals living there.
Explore the Desert
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Kay JacksonPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6404-6Description:  Take a close look at the desert and the plants and animals living there.
Explore the Grasslands
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Kay JacksonPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6405-3Description:  Take a close look at the grasslands and the plants and animals living there.
Explore the Ocean
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Kay JacksonPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6406-0Description:  Take a close look at the ocean and the plants and animals living there.
Explore the Tropical Rain Forest
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Linda TagliaferroPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6407-7Description:  Take a close look at the tropical rain forest and the plants and animals living there.
Explore the Tundra
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Linda TagliaferroPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6408-4Description:  Take a close look at the tundra and the plants and animals living there
Exploring Ecosystems with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Series) (Interactive ebook)
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Agnieszka BiskupIllustrator:  Tod SmithPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4296-1156-5Description:  Max Axiom is a super-cool-scientist. Using powers he acquired in a freak accident, Max demonstrates and explains the science of ecosystems.
Exploring Tide Pools
Grade Level:  3-7Author:  Monica HalpernPublisher:  National GeographicYear:  2002ISBN:  0-7922-8513-1Description:  This book discusses the fragile nature of tide pools and the necessities of the plants and animals that live there.
Eyewitness Books
Publisher:  DK PublishingYear:  0Description:  This series includes beautiful photographs and accurate information about each subject. Titles to look for to enrich the Environments Module include Fish, Insect, and Pond and River.
Eyewitness: Fish
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Steve Parker, Dave King, Colin KeatesPublisher:  DK PublishingYear:  2005ISBN:  0-756-61073-7Description:  This series includes beautiful photographs and accurate information about each subject.
Food Chains and Webs
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Delta EducationPublisher:  Delta EducationYear:  2003ISBN:  1-592-42257-8Description:  Explores plants as food producers and their role in food chains and webs. Also focuses on consumers and decomposers, and predators and prey.
Freshwater Habitats
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Diane SnowballIllustrator:  Illus Cynthia A. BelcherPublisher:  Mondo PublishingYear:  1994ISBN:  1-879531-29-1Description:  Young readers will explore a variety of freshwater habitats around the world, including the Nile River in Africa and Lake Baikal in Russia, plus Maryland's cypress swamp, the Everglades, and a Canadian stream. Full color.
Frog Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife
Grade Level:  5-8Author:  Garry HamiltonPublisher:  Firefly BooksYear:  2004ISBN:  1-552-97596-7Description:  Profiles the disappearance and endangerment of frogs around the world. Also covers a range of innovative programs used around the world to protect these vulnerable species.
Frozen World: Polar Meltdown (Extreme series)
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Sean CalleryPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4296-3123-5Description:  This book is full of information about the dramatic effects of climate change , as polar ice melts and crashes into the sea, floods sweep coastal areas, and violent hurricanes batter entire cities.
Giant Pandas in a Shrinking Forest: A Cause and Effect Investigation
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Kathy AllenPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5401-2Description:  Forced into smaller and smaller areas, the giant panda is losing its habitat. As their habitat decreases, pandas are pushed to the edge of change. Discover how scientists are trying to answer the questions behind giant pandas in a shrinking forest.
Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Jeannine AtkinsIllustrator:  Paula ConnerPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2000ISBN:  1-584-69011-9Description:  From Rachel Carson to Jane Goodall, the six women portrayed in this book all grew up to become award-winning scientists and writers. As girls, they weren't squeamish about spiders or snakes; they took time for a close look at their world, even though they were often chastised for getting dirty. As adults, they were passionate about their science in their careers as educators, writers, and researchers.
Gone Again Ptarmigan
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Jonathan LondonIllustrator:  Jon Van ZylePublisher:  National GeographicYear:  2001ISBN:  0-792-27561-6Description:  Introduces the ptarmigan, the state bird of Alaska, and tells how it is able to blend into its surroundings in each season of the year.
Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS)
Author:  Lawrence Hall of Science, University of CaliforniaPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of ScienceDescription:  GEMS units provide wonderful enrichment opportunities: Terrarium Habitats, Aquatic Habitats, Mapping Fish Habitats, Acid Rain, Earthworms, Mapping Animal Movements, and Schoolyard Ecology.
Hands-on Nature: Information And Activities For Exploring The Environment With Children
Author:  Jenepher Lingelbach, Lisa PurcellIllustrator:  Susan SawyerPublisher:  Vermont Historical SocietyYear:  2000ISBN:  1-584-65078-8Description:  Contains an ample array of information about trees and activities to do with students.
How Do Animals Adapt?
Grade Level:  2-3Author:  Bobbie Kalman, Jacqueline LangillePublisher:  CrabtreeYear:  2000ISBN:  0-865-05957-8Description:  Describes how animals adapt to survive, discussing camouflage, mimicry, poisons, defense, adaptations to weather, feeding, and mating.
How To Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers
Grade Level:  8-12Author:  Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachel Kathleen PringlePublisher:  Timber PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-60469-000Description:  Be careful! If you crack this book open, you're going to want to start gardening with students. The enthusiasm for school gardens in this book is contagious; you can feel it in the photographs of the students and adults working outside. The authors are the backbone of the well-established San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance and have successfully greened many of the schoolyards in San Francisco with outdoor classrooms or gardens, as well as lending support to others who started on their green schoolyard projects. The book is loaded with strategies for creating sustainable garden projects, helpful to-do lists, easy recipes, tricks of the trade, and of course great lesson ideas for K-8 gardening. "Salad Partyyy!" (as third-graders enthusiastically call it) is my favorite garden activity where students harvest from the garden, make a salad, and eat it, all while in the garden. My favorite gardening trick is to drill holes on the bottom of one-liter sized yogurt containers for young students to water the gardens. My favorite list in the book is titled, "What to do with a recalcitrant principal." If you have already fallen in love with gardening with students, or if you want to begin a garden adventure at your school, you will not be disappointed with this book. The authors are experts on the subject of school gardens and will inspire and improve some aspect of your practice.
How to Survive in the Wilderness
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Tim O'SheiPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-0-4296-2281-3Description:  The wilderness can be a peaceful, relaxing place but if you’re lost, it can be a dangerous place. From escaping wild animals to making fire without matches to building a comfortable shelter, How To Survive in the Wilderness will give you the tips you need when the wilderness turns wild.
How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming
Grade Level:  4-12Author:  Lynne Cherry and Gary BraaschPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1584-69130-3Description:  If you had to purchase one book on global warming for your classroom, this is the one we recommend. You can trust this award winner to educate and inspire your students. As the title implies, kids are actually featured engaged in issues and inquiry about global warming. The book succinctly presents how diverse scientific research topics contribute to evidence pointing toward climate change.
If I Were a Veterinarian
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Shelly LyonsIllustrator:  Ronnie RooneyPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4048-6161-9Description:  If I were a veterinarian, I would help sick animals get well. I would give shots, bandage wings, and remove swallowed toys. I would care for all sorts of animals, maybe even tigers! Dream big, and see what fun it is to be a vet.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Grade Level:  12-12Author:  Richard Louv.Publisher:  Algonquin BooksYear:  2005ISBN:  1565125223Description:  Today's wired generation is the focus of this work linking the absence of nature in today's children to trends in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Louv uses recent research to suggest that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development. This book should bring about challenging discussion about how "nature deficit" affects students in your classroom.
Mako Shark
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Jody Sullivan RakePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5016-8Description:  The mako shark has the need for speed. A powerful tail propels it like a torpedo through the water. Look inside to learn more about the fastest shark in the ocean.
Mammals Who Morph(Trilogy)
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Jennifer MorganIllustrator:  Dana Lynne AndersenPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2006ISBN:  1-58469-085-2Description:  This follow-up to The Big Bang (2002) and From Lava to Life (2003) is the last in a trilogy in which the personified universe presents the history of our cosmos in letters to an Earthling. This one picks up at the dawn of the Age of Mammals and ends with present-day humans inhabiting a modern Earth.
Marshes and Swamps
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Gail GibbonsPublisher:  Holiday HouseYear:  1998ISBN:  0-823-41515-5Description:  Simple text and labeled watercolor illustrations define the habitats of marshes and swamps and describe the life found around them. The book includes detailed information about the diversity of life found in these ecosystems and how they are being threatened. A U. S. map shows "wetlands to visit."
My Visit to the Aquarium
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  AlikiPublisher:  HarperYear:  1996ISBN:  0-064-46186-6Description:  A visit to the aquarium features a variety of aquatic habitats, including tropical coral reefs, kelp beds, freshwater swamps, tide pools, and the many creatures that inhabit these ecosystems.
Oceans: Underwater Worlds (Series)
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Laura Purdie SalasIllustrator:  Jeff YeshPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2007ISBN:  978-1-4048-3097-4Description:  Discover the science behind Earth's diverse ecosystems. Readers are introduced to biomes, communities, and habitats while learning what they can do to protect each specific environment.
Once A Wolf: How Wildlife Biologists Fought to Bring Back the Gray Wolf
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Stephen R. SwinburneIllustrator:  Jim BrandenburgPublisher:  Houghton MifflinYear:  2001ISBN:  0-618-11120-4Description:  Presents the troubled relationship between humans and wolves, including biologists' efforts to dispel misunderstandings about wolves as they are reintroduced to wilderness areas. It includes wolf legends and quotes from children's literature, and introduces the scientists who have studied wolves over the years to find their place in the ecosystem, particularly in Yellowstone National Park. Includes a bibliography and index.
One Small Square: Backyard
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Donald M. SilverIllustrator:  Patricia J. WynnePublisher:  W. H. FreemanYear:  1993ISBN:  0-070-57930-XDescription:  Explains how to observe and explore plants, animals, and their interactions in one's own backyard. Topics include adaptations, diverse organisms, food chains, and decomposition. Also discusses how plants use the Sun's energy.
One Small Square: Cave
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Donald M. SilverIllustrator:  Patricia J. WynnePublisher:  McGraw-HillYear:  1997ISBN:  0-070-57929-6Description:  Readers explore a pictured square that depicts cave life. Moves from the ferns, owls, bats, wood rats, and crayfish found in the half light near a cave's entrance to the fungi, salamanders, isopods, and fish deep within.
One Small Square: Pond
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Donald M. SilverIllustrator:  Patricia J. WynnePublisher:  McGraw-HillYear:  1997ISBN:  0-070-57932-6Description:  Double-page spreads of colorful artwork and text encourage readers to search for and document plants, animals, and insects that inhabit one small square of a pond. A pictorial glossary and investigations appropriate to the season are included.
Our Home Planet: Earth (Series)
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Nancy LoewenIllustrator:  Jeff YeshPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4048-3951-9Description:  Earth is the only planet known to support life. It has plenty of water, it's the right temperature, and it has a blanket of gases to protect it. Explore your own home planet in this book about Earth.
Pass the Energy, Please!
Grade Level:  2-8Author:  Barbara Shaw McKinneyIllustrator:  Chad WallacePublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  1999ISBN:  1-584-69001-1Description:  The exchange of energy and nutrients within the environment is addressed through rhyming text. Various food chains, including woodland, Arctic, meadow, and African plain, are presented. The role decomposers play is also discussed. Illustrations done in oil paints are large and colorful and provide visual details.
Grade Level:  4-8Author:  David BurniePublisher:  Alfred A. KnopfYear:  1989ISBN:  0-394-82252-8Description:  A photo essay introduces the world of plants, including the germination of seeds, plant defenses, and uses of plants.
Plant and Animal Life Cycles
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Delta EducationPublisher:  Delta EducationYear:  2003ISBN:  1-592-42258-6Description:  Students read about the life cycles of a variety of plants, animals, and fungi. They learn how living things grow, change, and reproduce.
Pocket Babies
Grade Level:  4-8Author:  Sneed B. Collard IIIPublisher:  Darby Creek PublishingYear:  2007ISBN:  978-1-58196-046-4Description:  Study Marsupials such as kangaroos, koalas, opossums, wallabies, and many other furry creatures that have unique characteristics that put them in a class of their own.
Poop-Eaters: Dung Beetles in the Food Chain
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Deirdre A. PrischmannPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4296-1265-4Description:  Learn how dung beetles, eat, move, and fight over poop and how this can actually help our world.
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Elaine LandauIllustrator:  Brian LiesPublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  2003ISBN:  1-570-91443-5Description:  Find out about popcorn's Native American origins, the invention of the popping machine, and the popularity of popcorn during World War II, when sugar for snack foods was in short supply. And what makes popcorn pop? A list of online and print resources is included.
Rachel Carson: Pioneer of Ecology
Grade Level:  1-6Author:  Kathleen V. KudlinskiIllustrator:  Ted LewinPublisher:  PenguinYear:  1991ISBN:  0-140-32242-6Description:  A biography of the scientist and writer whose book Silent Spring warned of the dangers of pesticides and launched a popular movement to control their use.
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Heather L. MontgomeryPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5434-0Description:  Two hikers take an early morning walk along a desert path. Suddenly they hear a rattling sound and spot a rattlesnake coiled in front of them. Discover how rattlesnakes use their rattles to warn enemies, along with much more about these desert dwellers.
Recycle! A Handbook for Kids
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Gail GibbonsIllustrator:  Gail GibbonsPublisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersYear:  1992ISBN:  978-0-3163-0943-1Description:  This colorful picture book shows how glass, paper, aluminum cans, plastic, and polystyrene are recycled. Lists facts about trash and practical ways that we can all make a difference.
Red-Eyed Tree Frog
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Joy CowleyIllustrator:  Nic BishopPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  1999ISBN:  0-590-87175-7Description:  The nocturnal adventures and survival of a Central American tree frog are described in this story of the tropical rain forest. Photographs show the small frog in its habitat, as well as a variety of other creatures from its perspective.
Salmon Stream
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Carol Reed-JonesIllustrator:  Michael S. MaydakPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2000ISBN:  1-584-69013-5Description:  The struggle for survival and the multiple threats to the life cycle of the Pacific salmon is captured in this poetic offering. The importance of each creature in the web of life is emphasized.
Schoolyard Ecology
Author:  Katharine Barrett, Carolyn WillardIllustrator:  Rose CraigPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of ScienceYear:  2001ISBN:  0-924-88635-8Description:  The schoolyard is an environment to be investigated. Many ecological, environmental, and life science concepts are explored. Students learn biological sampling techniques and develop their mapping and related mathematical skills. GEMS Guide.
Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool, K-8
Author:  Herbert W. BrodaYear:  2005ISBN:  1571107290Description:  This is a great book that incorporates the most recent research from experts who are working to connect children to the outdoor world. It is well-researched, exciting to read, and grounded in the realities of today's school experiences. Broda writes, "Although there are many good reasons for taking students outside—educational, social, aesthetic, recreational—I have to admit that one of my most compelling reasons is to provide opportunities for kids to experience that sense of wonder . . . The more we take children outside for learning activities, the greater the probability for moments of awe and insight." This book gives you everything you need to start using the schoolyard.
Sea Turtles' Race to the Sea: A Cause and Effect Investigation
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Kathy AllenPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5402-9Description:  Hundreds of tiny turtles struggle across a beach toward the water. Ther ocean envionment is making sea turtles animals on the edge of change. Discover how scientists are trying to answer the questions behind sea turtles’ race to sea.
Strange but True Animals
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Lori PolydorosPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4551-5Description:  Fish that look like cartoons. Lizards that squirt blood from their eyes. These are not your ordinary creatures. Get ready to learn about some of the world’s strangest animals.
Swallows in the Birdhouse
Grade Level:  K-8Author:  Stephen R. SwinburneIllustrator:  Robin BrickmanPublisher:  Boyds Mills PressYear:  2005ISBN:  1-590-78329-8Description:  Two children put up a birdhouse in their backyard and watch as a pair of tree swallows build a nest and raise six babies before migrating south in the fall. Includes information about tree swallows and about birdhouses.
Ten-Minute Field Trips: A Teacher's Guide to Using the Schoolgrounds for Environmental Studies (3rd edition)
Author:  Helen Ross RussellPublisher:  NSTA PressYear:  2001ISBN:  873550986Description:  Don't let the fact that this book was originally published in 1973 fool you into skipping it; it is quite timely for today's once available funding for field trips. Ten-minute field trips are something you have time for and can afford! This book is brimming with ideas for things to try and observe right outside the classroom door. Russell embraces the use of the schoolyard no matter where your school is located; many of the mini trips described in this book can be performed on the asphalt of an urban schoolyard. Russell presents straightforward background knowledge for you and thoughtful inquiry questions for your students.
Terrarium Habitats
Author:  Kimi Hosoume, Jacqueline BarberPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of ScienceYear:  2001ISBN:  0-924-88651-XDescription:  The activities in this Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) guide bring the natural world into your classroom and deepen student understanding of, and connection to, all living things. After an exploration of soil, students design and construct terrariums. Sow bugs, earthworms, and crickets are placed in the habitat, and students observe and record changes over time. Includes detailed instructions on setting up and maintaining the terrariums, along with concise biological information on small organisms that can become terrarium inhabitants.
The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours
Grade Level:  3-7Author:  Jane GoodallPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  2001ISBN:  0-439-21310-XDescription:  Goodall explains her findings about chimp communities and communication, the role of hierarchies, and what sort of threats chimpanzees face today. Her account also relates some of her mistakes, such as when she became too close to her subjects and interfered with her own research.
The Dirt on Dirt
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Paulette BourgeoisIllustrator:  Martha NewbiggingPublisher:  Kids Can PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1554-53101-1Description:  Have a question about dirt--you're likely to find the answer in this book. In addition there are lots of things students can do with dirt.
The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History Of North American And Its Peoples
Grade Level:  8-12Author:  Tim FlanneryPublisher:  Atlantic Monthly PressYear:  2002ISBN:  0-802-13888-8Description:  An account of North America from the end of the dinosaurs to the current ecological crisis. The author, a world-renowned paleontologist, traces the rebirth of plants, animals, climate, and landforms after the mass extinctions 65 million years ago when the North American continent was devastated by the impact of a celestial visitor. Also available in library binding.
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Joanna ColeIllustrator:  Bruce DegenPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  1994ISBN:  0-590-41431-3Description:  The magic school bus turns into a submarine as the class and Ms. Frizzle learn about the landforms on the ocean floor and the adaptations the ocean animals make to live there.
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Grade Level:  8-12Author:  Michael PollanPublisher:  PenguinYear:  2007ISBN:  143038583Description:  Where does your food come from? Michael Pollan spent time thoroughly researching how farming takes place in America, and it's often not the quaint family farm scene many have imagined while growing up. The family farm tending a variety of crops and animals does still exist to a small extent, but like much of America, farming has been redesigned for efficiency, for getting the most bang out of your man-hours and your buck. The problem is that we are dealing with living organisms and ecosystems, not a typical factory settingó though that is precisely how many farms now deal with their livestock and crops. For any science teacher who incorporates current events in the class, this is a good opportunity to learn more about the science behind a number of those headlines and to generate better classroom discussions
The Peregrine's Journey: A Story of Migration
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Kristin KestPublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  2008ISBN:  978-0-9777-5393-2Description:  Based on the migration of a real peregrine falcon that was tracked by satellite telemetry by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. The name "peregrine" means wandereer, and the peregrine falcon has one of the longest migrations of any North American bird.
The Role of Public Policy in K—12 Science Education
Author:  George E. DeBoer, editorPublisher:  AAAS Project 2061 (Research in Science Education Series)Year:  2011Description:

Linda De Lucchi and Larry Malone, co-directors of the FOSS Project, have co-written a chapter entitled "The Effect of Educational Policy on Curriculum Development: A Perspective from the Lawrence Hall of Science" as part of this publication. The goal of this volume of Research in Science Education is to examine the relationship between science education policy and practice and the special role that science education researchers play in influencing policy. It has been suggested that the science education research community is isolated from the political process, pays little attention to policy matters, and has little influence on policy. But to influence policy, it is important to understand how policy is made and how it is implemented. This volume sheds light on the intersection between policy and practice through both theoretical discussions and practical examples.

This book was written primarily about science education policy development in the context of the highly decentralized educational system of the United States. But, because policy development is fundamentally a social activity involving knowledge, values, and personal and community interests, there are similarities in how education policy gets enacted and implemented around the world.

This volume is meant to be useful to science education researchers and to practitioners such as teachers and administrators because it provides information about which aspects of the science education enterprise are affected by state, local, and national policies. It also provides helpful information for researchers and practitioners who wonder how they might influence policy. In particular, it points out how the values of people who are affected by policy initiatives are critical to the implementation of those policies.

The World of Food Chains with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Series)
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Liam O'DonnellIllustrator:  Cynthia Martin/ Bill AndersonPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6839-6Description:  Max Axiom is a super-cool-scientist. Using powers he acquired in a freak accident, Max demonstrates and explains the science of food chains.
They Don't Have to Die: Home And Classroom Care For Small Animals
Grade Level:  6-8Author:  Jim DunlapPublisher:  Rowman and LittlefieldYear:  1996ISBN:  1-556-22533-4Description:  A must for teachers who keep small animals in their classroom. You'll find complete instructions for the care and feeding of classroom pets, from insects to small mammals. There is a section on inexpensive solutions for cages and containers. The book also deals with the safe and humane disposal of most animals.
Tracking Animal Migrations
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Rebecca L. JohnsonPublisher:  National GeographicYear:  2003ISBN:  0-7922-8449-6Description:  This book discusses whales, monarchs, and birds and their migratory lifestyles. It introduces methods researchers have discovered in order to track and learn about such animals.
Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth
Grade Level:  3-12Author:  Rochelle StraussIllustrator:  Margot ThompsonPublisher:  Kids Can PressYear:  2004ISBN:  978-1-55337-669-9Description:  An illustrated introduction to biodiversity - the incredible variety of life on earth - that shows how living things are classified, or organized, into five branches. This book also reminds us that every species is important to the Tree of Life. A problem with just one branch, one twig or one leaf may affect the whole tree.
Grade Level:  4-8Author:  Marily SingerPublisher:  Darby Creek PublishingYear:  2007ISBN:  978-1-58196-043-3Description:  Toxic Creatures can be found almost anywhere. Some, such as poison dart frogs and puffer fish, have poisonous skin or other organs. Others are venomous - they have stingers, spines, or fangs to inject their toxins.
Walter Wick's Optical Tricks
Grade Level:  K-8Author:  Walter WickPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  2008ISBN:  0-439-85520-9Description:  Optical illusions are brilliantly presented in bold photographs featuring bright colors. Visual tricks are created by mirrors, light, geometric paradoxes, and Escher-like patterns.
Waste Disposal
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Sally MorganIllustrator:  Raymond TurveyPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  2000ISBN:  0-531-14557-3Description:  Examines the different kinds of waste, from household trash to industrial waste, describing where it goes and how it affects the environment.
Wedges to the Rescue (Series)
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Sharon ThalesPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6750-4Description:  From cutting apples to zipping a backpack, you need wedges. Read Wedges to the Rescue to learn what wedges are, how they work, and how these simple machines can save the day.
What Happens in Summer?
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Sara L. LattaPublisher:  Enslow PublishersYear:  2006ISBN:  0-7660-2416-4Description:  When does summer start? Why is summer weather warm? What do plants and animals do in the summer? Learn the answers to these questions, and many others, as you start learning about the seasons.
What Happens to Broken Bones?: Bones
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Carol BallardPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4109-4011-7Description:  This book gives readers information about our bones.
What's Faster than a Speeding Cheetah?
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Robert E. WellsPublisher:  Albert WhitmanYear:  1997ISBN:  0-807-52281-3Description:  Compares the speed of various animals, from humans to cheetahs to peregrine falcons, with even faster things like rockets, meteoroids, and light.
Why We Measure (Spanish)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Lisa TrumbauerPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2005ISBN:  0-7368-4134-2Description:  Explains that people take measurements to find out how tall, how long, how far, how fast, how heavy, how much, and what size.
Wild Cats
Grade Level:  6-12Author:  John E. BeckerIllustrator:  Mark HallettPublisher:  Darby Creek PublishingYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-58196-052-5Description:  As the earth's population increases, fewer and fewer open spaces remain for wildlife. WildCats: Past & Present places special emphasis on the ever-shrinking habitat of felines and how conservation groups are working to protect them.
Working with Wildlife: A Guide to Careers in the Animal World
Grade Level:  5-8Author:  Thane MaynardPublisher:  Franklin WattsYear:  1999ISBN:  0-531-11538-0Description:  Many students love animals and aspire to a career working with them, often as a veterinarian. This book describes other options with a detailed survey of career fields for those who wish to work with wildlife, including veterinary medicine, zoo and aquarium careers, research, education, conservation, and more. Includes a glossary and ideas for how to pursue the chosen career.
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Claire LlewellynPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4598-3Description:  This book explores ocean habitats around the world, looking at the plants and animals that live there, and the adaptations that help them to survive. Food webs, maps, and photos help bring the topic to life. Threats to ocean habitats are also covered, as well as efforts to preserve them.
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Melanie WaldronPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4594-5Description:  This book explores desert habitats around the world, looking at the plants and animals that live there, and the adaptations that help them to survive. Food webs, maps, and photos help bring the topic to life. Threats to desert habitats are also covered, as well as efforts to preserve them.
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Melanie WaldronPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4597-6Description:  This book explores mountain habitats around the world, looking at the plants and animals that live there, and the adaptations that help them to survive. Food webs, maps, and photos help bring the topic to life. Threats to mountain habitats are also covered, as well as efforts to preserve them.
Giant Pandas
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Brenda HaugenPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4296-8663-1Description:  Round and roly-poly, pandas are recognizable to people everywhere. But these cuddly creatures are in trouble. Their populations are shrinking, and they are running out of places to live. Learn more about these amazing animals, and what you can do to make a difference in their future.
Mountain Lions
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Christine Zuchora-WalskePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7644-1Description:  Mountain lions once prowled all across North and South America, from Canada to Chile. But as people crowded into the big cats’ habitat, mountain lions were forced into smaller areas. Learn more about these big cats, including where they live, what they eat, and how they continue to survive while losing more and more of their habitat to humans.
The Secret Lives of Plants!
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Janet SlingerlandIllustrator:  Oksana KemarskayaPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7686-1Description:  Plants may look innocent, but they’re sneaky, tricky, secretive little buggers. You could watch them all day and they would never move an inch. But hidden from your eyes, their roots, leaves, and blossoms are always working. From photosynthesis to reproduction, get ready to uncover the science of plants and the secrets that they keep.
Leatherback Sea Turtles
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Jody Sullivan RakePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4296-8584-9Description:  Leatherback sea turtles face one of their lives’ biggest challenges as soon as they’re hatched. Crawling out of their eggs on the sandy shore, they hurry to the sea in a race to escape those who see them as a tasty meal. If they survive and thrive, they can grow longer than an adult male is tall and weigh as much as a small car! Learn more about these amazing animals, including where they live, what they eat, the many challenges they face in their lives, and what you can do to help.
Polar Bears
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Kathy AllenPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4296-8432-3Description:  Cute and cuddly yet powerful and fierce, polar bears are loved by people around the world. But the great bear of the north is in trouble. Its habitat is disappearing, and its food supply is dwindling. Learn more about these amazing animals, their Arctic homes, what the eat, and what you can do to help.
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Tammy GagnePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7642-7Description:  A jaguar watches silently from a rain forest tree as prey draws near below. When the jaguar leaps, it’s too late for the prey to escape. The jaguar has its lunch. Learn more about these stealthy cats, including where they live, what they hunt, and how they live from day to day.
A Colony of Ants: and Other Insect Groups
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Anna ClaybournePublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4329-6480-1Description:  Different animals live together in different ways. In this book, readers find out how ants form colonies and work together to find food and raise young. The book also explores how other insects, such as bees and wasps, live in groups.
Producing Fish
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Barbara A. SomervillPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4329-6405-4Description:  What is commercial fishing? How do fish get from the sea to the supermarket? This book explores the technology used in fishing.
Producing Fruits
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Lori McManusPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4329-6408-5Description:  When did fruit farming begin? What methods make farming fruit sustainable? This book explores the technology used in fruit farming.
A Mob of Meerkats: and Other Mammal Groups
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Louise SpilsburyPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4329-6481-8Description:  Different animals live together in different ways. In this book, readers find out how meerkats form mobs and work together to find food and raise young. The book also explores how other mammals, such as lions and elephants, live in groups.
A Pod of Dolphins: and Other Sea Mammal Groups
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Richard SpilsburyPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4329-6481-8Description:  Different animals live together in different ways. In this book, readers find out how dolphins form pods and work together to hunt, and raise young. The book also explores how other sea mammals, such as walruses, and humpback whales, live in groups.
Grade Level:  6-10Author:  Jen GreenPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4329-6516-7Description:  We are all aware of the importance of the environment - it's in the news, it affects our behavior and the decisions we make every day. But what actual impact has environmental thinking had on the world around us? This thought-provoking book looks at the way changing ideas about the environment and sustainability have affected our attitudes to conservation, and will do so in the future.
Books: Fiction
Some of these resources may be out-of-print, either permanently or for a short time while they are being reprinted. These resources have been included here because they are still good extensions (some classic) to the FOSS modules and courses. If you can't find them for purchase, check your local library or try searching one of the used book sites available online.
A Symphony of Whales
Grade Level:  6-8Author:  Steve SchuchIllustrator:  Peter SylvadaPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  1999ISBN:  0-152-01670-8Description:  This story is based on the true account of how determined villagers and a Russian icebreaker worked together to rescue thousands of whales that were trapped in a shrinking pool of water.
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Byrd BaylorIllustrator:  Garth WilliamsPublisher:  Simon and SchusterYear:  1991ISBN:  0-689-71299-5Description:  Desperately wanting a pet to love, a boy decides to tame a prairie dog who has already decided to tame the boy for his own pet. The poetic text tells how the boy considers what the animal needs to survive in its environment.
Around the World: Who's Been Here?
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Lindsay Barrett GeorgePublisher:  Greenwillow BooksYear:  1999ISBN:  0-688-15268-6Description:  A teacher travels around the world, viewing animals in their natural habitats, and writes back to her class about her findings. The story is told through her letters in a first-person narrative and includes double-spread paintings accompanied by small drawings that provide details of her experiences.
Case Of The Missing Cutthroats (an Ecological Mystery)
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Jean Craighead GeorgePublisher:  HarperYear:  1996ISBN:  0-064-4064-74Description:  After Spinner Shafter catches a cutthroat trout in the Snake River, she and her cousin, Alligator, search the nearby mountains to determine where the endangered fish came from and how it survived.
Desert Voices
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Byrd BaylorIllustrator:  Peter ParnallPublisher:  Simon and SchusterYear:  1993ISBN:  0-689-71691-5Description:  Ten creatures describe their lives and the beauty of their desert home.
Farewell to Shady Glade
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Bill PeetPublisher:  SandpiperYear:  1981ISBN:  0-395-31128-4Description:  Animals travel in search of a suitable environment in which to live because their original habitat is being cleared for human development.
Hey There, Stink Bug!
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Leslie BulionIllustrator:  Leslie EvansPublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  2006ISBN:  9781580893046Description:  Antlions, skipper caterpillars, and even dung beetles make appearances in this book, which is a collection of poems that focuses on the insect world. It includes a number of poetic forms, including haiku and clerihew. A brief annotation is included with each poem, providing some interesting background information for the readers, young and old alike. Glossary included.
In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Gail DonovanIllustrator:  Janet PedersenPublisher:  Dutton BooksYear:  2009ISBN:  9780525420859Description:  After playing the OBIS Food Chain Game with third graders, a student told me about a novel in which students played a very similar game. The main character, the adventurous fifth grader Joshua Tree Hewitt, is often getting in trouble for talking too much. While trying to avoid getting into any more trouble before school one day, he stumbles upon a frog in the pond near his house. Not just any frogóa five-legged one! In order to win some much needed approval from his teacher, he brings the frog to school. The entire class falls into deep adoration for the frog and unites together to uncover the mystery of the frog's fifth leg. This is the kind of book that will make students beg for you to read to them. Third- through fifth-graders will gobble it up as fast as I did.
Island Of The Blue Dolphins
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Scott O'DellIllustrator:  Ted LewinPublisher:  Houghton MifflinYear:  1990ISBN:  0-395-53680-4Description:  Karana, a Native American, lived alone for years on an island in the Pacific. This story tells how she kept herself alive by building shelter and finding food while waiting to be rescued.
Joyful Noise Poems For Two Voices
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Paul FleischmanIllustrator:  Eric BeddowsPublisher:  HarperYear:  1988ISBN:  0-06-446093-2Description:  A collection of poems describing the activities of a variety of insects.
Julie Of The Wolves
Grade Level:  5-6Author:  Jean Craighead GeorgePublisher:  HarperYear:  1972ISBN:  0-06-440058-1Description:  Miyax runs away from what she believes to be an intolerable situation. She becomes lost in the Alaskan wilderness and is befriended by wolves who come to love her as on of their own.
My Side of the Mountain
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Jean Craighead GeorgePublisher:  PenguinYear:  2001ISBN:  0-141-31242-4Description:  Sam Gribley does what many young people dream of doingóhe builds a tree house in the Catskill Mountains, where he lives alone for a year. The story features his struggle for survival and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.
Oak Tree
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Gordon MorrisonPublisher:  Walter Lorraine BooksYear:  2005ISBN:  0-618-60918-0Description:  A year in the life of a grand oak tree is depicted through detailed pencil and watercolor paintings, expressive text, and explanatory margin notes. Explains the ecology of the tree as a host for a number of small creatures.
Sign Of The Beaver
Grade Level:  5-6Author:  Elizabeth George SpearePublisher:  Dell PublishingYear:  1983ISBN:  0-440-47900-2Description:  Matt and his father built a cabin for the family in the Maine wilderness. Left alone while his father goes back for his family, Matt makes friends and learns how to survive with a Native American boy.
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Janell CannonPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  1993ISBN:  0-152-80217-7Description:  After falling headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised as a bird until she is reunited with her mother. Explores the adaptations and survival of birds and bats in their respective habitats.
The Case of the Missing Cutthroats (An Ecological Mystery)
Grade Level:  4-8Author:  Jean Craighead GeorgePublisher:  HarperYear:  1999ISBN:  0-064-40647-4Description:  After Spinner Shafter catches a cutthroat trout in the Snake River, she and her cousin, Alligator, search the nearby mountains to determine where the endangered fish came from and how it survived.
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale Of The Amazon Rain Forest
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Lynne CherryPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  2000ISBN:  0-152-02614-2Description:  A man who comes to chop down a tree takes a rest. As he sleeps, the animals that live in the tree plead with him not to destroy their world. Like the rain forest, the story and illustrations are dramatic, vibrant and wondrous.
The Lorax
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Dr. SeussPublisher:  Random HouseYear:  1976ISBN:  0-394-82337-0Description:  Delivers a vivid picture of environmental disaster through habitat destruction, pollution, and overuse of natural resources.
The Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo (An Ecological Mystery)
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Jean Craighead GeorgePublisher:  HarperYear:  1993ISBN:  0-064-40434-XDescription:  Dajun, the resident alligator of Gumbo Limbo in the Everglades, is missing, and residents of the nearby condos want him gone for good. Without Dajun, however, the ecology of the swamp is deteriorating. Lisa K. works with others in Gumbo Limbo to save Dajun and the swamp environment.
The Salamander Room
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Anne MazerIllustrator:  Steve Johnson, Lou FancherPublisher:  KnopfYear:  1994ISBN:  0-679-86187-4Description:  A young boy finds a salamander and thinks about what he needs to do to make a perfect home for it.
The Sign of the Seahorse: A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Graeme BasePublisher:  PuffinYear:  1998ISBN:  0-140-56387-3Description:  The inhabitants of a coral reef ecosystem are threatened when a shady real estate deal floods their area with poisonous waste and pollution.