Friday, May 29, 2015

Posts Tagged ‘Birds’

Woodpecker Wham!

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Illustrated by Steve Jenkins, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, May 12, 2015.

“Verdict: Lovely and exciting, this title is a great hook for young researchers, as well as fledgling ornithologists.”

-Starred Review, School Library Journal.

“Repetitive onomatopoeic sounds such as ‘CHOP, CHIP, CHOP’ and ‘BONK-BONK-BONK’ combine with plentiful alliteration to make the simple verses come alive . . . Attractive and surprisingly informative, this should join the duo’s Eat Like a Bear (2013) on every preschool and primary nature shelf.”

-Kirkus

“Sayre introduces the distinctively noisy woodpecker and the rhythmic cadences that fill its industrious life through a rhyming, sound word-filled text.”

-Horn Book

“Short, playful text featuring plenty of action words and onomatopoeia describes a variety of woodpecker activities.”

-Booklist

Touch a Butterfly: Wildlife Gardening With Kids

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Turn your garden into a hummingbird hotspot, a haven for butterflies, and a thriving ecosystem. This family-friendly guide is my most personal book yet, sharing the wildlife gardening knowledge that Jeff and I have gained over the years. (more…)

Vulture TED Talk

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

There was a TED talk recently about vultures.  I think educators might be interested in seeing it for their own background research. It’s only a little over six minutes long.  You’ll want to look it over first before deciding whether it is appropriate for your elementary school students. The humor at the beginning would probably raise more sidetracking questions than it would actual vulture inquiry. So take a look and perhaps start two minutes twenty seconds in (2:20). Because the rest of it is good stuff for older elementary, middle school, and high school. There are quite a few carcasses involved and it is frank in environmental threats to vultures worldwide.

 

Vegetable Art, Trout Trees and More!

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

I had the pleasure of visiting Pioneer Elementary in March. Wow, the art teacher was a burst of creativity, working on such incredible projects with the kids. Many other teachers were doing amazing work, as well. See some of it below! Click on each photo to see it in greater detail. (more…)

December Animal

Monday, February 20th, 2012

This is one of my favorite animals. Here in northern Indiana, and in much of the U.S., they call in Spring and made terrific spiral flights.  To see it calling, check out the site of  great wildlife recordist Lang Elliott:

http://www.musicofnature.org/home/test_youtube_embed/

 

October Animal

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Time for some desert animals. Jeff and I drove all the way to Phoenix so I could give talks at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. LOVE this place. Full of plants. Wild birds, butterflies, squirrels, and bunnies wander freely. These Gambell’s Quail strut around, then dash, dash, dash when startled.

Vulture View review and activities

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Author/educator Shirley Duke’s Simply Science blog has a lovely review of Vulture View and some follow up activities.  Hooray!  Check the link here.

http://simplyscience.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/vulture-view/

March Animal

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Birds hop, too. Here are some Sandhill Cranes doing their hopping dance during their migration rest stop. This happens here in Indiana at Jasper-Pulaski.

December Bird 2011

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

There’s a blue one, a green one, and this one. The two parts of its common name rhyme. I photographed this bird in Yellowstone. It stashes pine nuts. Sometimes finds food from careless campers. It is in the Corvidae (crow) family. Still stumped? Find its identity here.

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April Sayre

April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning children’s book author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud nonfiction books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. She is best known for pioneering literary ways to immerse young readers in natural events via creative storytelling and unusual perspectives.

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