Story Time

Science, The World Around Us
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Schoolage
The Great Kapok Tree by:Lynne Cherry
The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home.
What's for dinner?: Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World by:Katherine B. Hauth
Describes in poetic verse the predatory habits of a variety of animals and the foods that they eat.
What the Sea Saw by:Stephanie St. Pierre
A lyrical introduction to the sea, its inhabitants, and its role in the world around it. Includes facts about the ecosystems of oceans and shorelines.
The Sea, The Storm, and The Mangrove Tangle by:Lynne Cherry
A seed from a mangrove tree floats on the sea until it comes to rest on the shore of a faraway lagoon where, over time, it becomes a mangrove island that shelters many birds and animals, even during a hurricane.
Pond Circle by:Betsy Franco
In the pond by Anna's house, a food chain begins with algae which is eaten by a mayfly nymph which is eaten by a beetle which is eaten by a bullfrog...
The Seed and The Giant Saguaro by:Jennifer Ward
A packrat, carrying fruit from the giant saguaro, is chased by various desert animals and inadvertently helps spread the cactus's seed. Includes information on saguaros.
Farewell to Shady Glade by:Bill Peet.
Bulldozers push the raccoon and his friends from their home, but they are able to find a new one after a terrifying train ride.

Crab Moon by:Ruth Horowitz
One June night, a young boy watches as many, many horseshoe crabs come ashore to lay their eggs.
The Lorax by:Dr. Seuss
The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem. "Unless someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not." Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty. "The big, colorful pictures and the fun images, word plays and rhymes make this an amusing exposition of the ecology crisis."
Turtle Snap
I have a little turtle (put hands together in a fist)

He lives in a box (make a box with both hands)

He swims in the water (make swimming motions)

And he climbs on the rocks (use your fingers to crawl up your arm)

He snapped at a minnow (clap hands)

He snapped at a flea (clap hands)

He snapped at a mosquito (clap hands)

And he snapped at me (clap hands)

He caught the minnow (grab with your hand)

He caught the flea (grab with your hand)

He caught the mosquito (grab with your hand)

But he didnít catch me! (wave finger back and forth)

Sammy Snail
Sammy snail is slowly moving
See him slide across the grass
He leaves a silver path behind him
We all know when he has passed.
Sammy snail is never worried
Though he wanders far and wide
For on his back his house he carries
And when he's tired he pops inside.
by Jackie Silberg

Worms, worms,
Worms crawling on the ground.
Worms, worms,
Worms crawling all around.
Fat worms, thin worms,
Wiggling, wiggling.
Short worms, long worms,
Squiggling, squiggling.
Worms, worms,
Worms crawling in the ground.
Worms, worms,
Worms crawling all around.
If I was a wiggle, wiggle worm
I would wiggle like this! [Wiggle like a worm]

From Nature Boxes for Early Childhood Educators, Debbi Williams, Story County Conservation Board
Nature Crafts to Make with Children
Lorax Saves the Trees Computer Game