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by Donald M. Silver

Other authors: Dianne Ettl (Illustrator), Patricia J. Wynne (Illustrator)

Series: One Small Square

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Explains how to observe and explore plants, animals, and their interactions in your own backyard.

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ONE SMALL SQUARE Backyard guides kids and adults on a gentle exploration of animals, plants, insects, birds, soil, and more - all in one small area of a yard.

It relies on familiar observations, then moves to a more detailed science approach to slowly increase learning and knowledge.

This book is perfect for families and classroom teaching!

(Fewer pictures of a bird pulling on a poor worm would be welcome
as well, an alert to be sure that no living creatures are affected when filling a jar with water
and setting timers to be sure to release fireflies and others...) ( )
  m.belljackson | Jun 28, 2020 |
  OakGrove-KFA | Mar 28, 2020 |
I liked this book because of the text features and clear language. This informational this informational book has great text features. for example, the illustrations with labels, and captions to make the given information clear.I also liked how when the author used higher level words, she gave a quick definition. For when she used the word adapted, went in depth by explaining it means fitted. The purpose of this book is to inform readers on the animals and insects in their backyard. ( )
  Rosalindd | Dec 2, 2015 |
Informative. Fun to take students outside and explore in nature. Adaptable for all grades k-8. I would love to use this in a text-to-text connection with a science class. It would also be great to take the kids outside to observe the habitats. ( )
  kmacneill | Nov 3, 2009 |
This is a beautifully illustrated book which encourages children to explore the amazing biodiversity found in one square foot area of a typical backyard. Part how-to book, part nature journal, part field guide, this book focuses on this small plot through many different lenses -- throughout the seasons, above and underground, during different times of the day and night -- and provides activities, instructions and supply lists to invite children to do the same. Illustrations and text are detailed and accurate, and are incorporated almost seamlessly together. A guide to the most common species is included in the back of the book, as well as a partially illustrated index. The rich illustrations, high quality activity suggestions, and concise descriptions allow children of varying reading levels, ages, and learning styles to benefit from this book. A great resource for inspiring, planning, and supporting outdoor experiences. Highly recommended for public and elementary school libraries. ( )
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Donald M. Silverprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ettl, DianneIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wynne, Patricia J.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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