Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Learning about evolution

Here is a great book to introduce evolution to grades 4-6: Billions of Years, Amazing Changes: the Story of Evolution by Laurence Pringle. Here is  a sample from chapter 12:

"Trilobites, dinosaurs, giant megalodon sharks, woolly mammoths-these are just a few kinds of animals that thrived long ago and are now extinct. When they lived, and for how long, was once a great mystery. Now scientists have several ways of figuring out the age of ancient rocks and the fossils in or near them."

You might not think about dinosaurs and evolution but this is a take that could draw students in. Of course the book also talks about subjects like DNA. Chapter 13 on genetics is worth a look.

One summer I attended a writers conference at Chatauqua, NY and Laurence Pringle was a member of  the faculty. It's nice to read books by those whose paths have crossed with yours.

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