1. Thorton W. Burgess Society, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537. 508-888-6870 www.thortonburgess.org
Thorton W. Burgess (1874-1965) was a naturalist and a conservationist. In his lifetime, he wrote more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for daily columns in newspapers. His first book, Old Mother West Wind, was published in 1910, and introduced the reader to Peter Rabbit, Jimmy Skunk, Bobby Raccoon, Joe Otter, Grandfather Frog, Billy Mink, Jerry Muskrat, Spotty Turtle and Old Mother West Wind and her Merry Little and her Merry Little Breezes.
The Thornton Burgess Society was incorporated in 1976 “to inspire reverence for wildlife and a concern for the natural environment.”
2. Mother Goose Programs
We give adults picture books, activity guides, materials and training to transform reading with preschool children into multidimensional and powerful learning experiences.
Our book lists, product catalog, and free articles for professionals and parents are great resources.
Browse through our math and science or literacy sections, search for picture books (of over 1000 recommended titles) or download our free sample activities.
One of our programs is called “What’s the BIG IDEA?” The content focus is on the four big ideas of math and science:
- Patterns and relationships
- Change Over Time
- Geometry and Spatial Sense
- Numbers and Operations
3. The TV to Lesson Connection: Where Math meets Science and Art
The PBS TeacherSource web site offers ideas to help K-2 teachers connect math skills to science lessons. Themes include patterns and symmetry, measurement, estimation and making predictions, and discovering how things work.
4. SciLinks: A web-based program from NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) www.scilinks.org
SciLinks – a one-of-a-kind online system – directs students, teachers, and parents to a host of professionally selected web sites that support the learning of science subjects introduced in the nation’s science textbooks. Today, the majority of U.S. science textbooks carry Scilinks icons and codes.
SciLinks can be accessed in one of three ways. SciLinked textbook users (teachers and students) can register for free and retrieve web pages via the codes provided in textbooks; NSTA members can use the system’s keyword search; others can test-drive SciLinks by registering as a guest.
To try SciLinks yourself, use this sample keyword and code:
(from Science & Children, Summer
2006, page 14)
5. Super Science Connections. It is a publication of the Institute for Chemical Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. http://ice.chem.wisc.edu/catalog.htm Super Science Connections (SSC) was written by K-3 teachers, for K-3 teachers. It integrates children's literature, writing, mathematics, art projects, social studies, and health instruction with hands-on science — observing, devising experiments, hypothesizing, and drawing conclusions. It will model ways in which your classroom can become a place where students learn and enjoy science in context. SSC contains 34 activities centered on a science concept or process skill connected to the AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy. Order No. 94-009 1-800-991-5534. $38 includes shipping and handling.
6. The AIMS Education Foundation (AIMS – Activities Integrating Math and Science) is “a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping you help kids learn math and science. When your textbook isn't enough, or you need tools for differentiated instruction, let us help you with hands-on teaching”. www.aimsedu.org
7. The GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science) at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, “publishes science and math curriculum, offers specialized workshops, and maintains an international support network.” http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/gems/ Look at the home page also. http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/