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How to Be a Nature Detective (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science)

by Millicent Ellis Selsam

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Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science

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This illustated picture book aims at getting children interested in nature by helping them become nature detectives. By primarilly focusing on footprints, kids are introduced into how naturalists use clues rather than visual sightings to determine the presence of nature in an area. Children are tasked to determine whether the dog or the cat drank from a bowl of milk or the dog food bowl (as is common in many houses, the cat ate the dog food while the dog drank milk) or what animals were on a river bank.

Though aimed at younger readers, I present this book to most elementary aged students. I read aloud stopping to let the kids try to answer the riddles, and after they are done, I take them to a sand box where I have put animal tracks and allow them to guess what animals made the tracks. So far students seem to enjoy the challenge of being nature detectives and this book is a nice introduction to animal tracking. ( )
  RangerRoss | Mar 18, 2012 |
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Donnelly, Marlene HillIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Anyone can learn to be a nature detective and tell what animals have been around, if he learns to recognize clues, especially different footprints.

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