I had the wonderful pleasure of presenting a teacher training workshop during The Florida Reading Association 48th Annual Conference “Reading Lights The Way” held September 9-12th, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. The teacher training workshop I presented for the conference was entitled “Exploring Science and Math Concepts Through Children’s Literature.” The teacher participants attending the teacher training session were introduced to approximately 70 children’s books that can be used to teach science and math concepts. Teacher participants took an active role in the learning process as they engaged in hands-on-minds-on, inquiry-based investigations to explore numerous science and math concepts. A major component of the teacher training workshop was to introduce teachers to effective strategies to implement when teaching about patterns in nature. Additionally, the importance of structure and function in biological and physical systems was reinforced. Teachers used eye loupes and microscopes to observe numerous specimens including: seeds, pine cones, leaves, tree rings, rocks, sand, plastic models of snowflakes, kaleidoscopes, seashells, fish scales, bird feathers, synthetic animal fur, live pill bugs and garden snails. Additionally, teachers observed the geometric shapes formed by the soap bubbles, as well as tessellations. The following science and math concepts were explored:
- Shapes in nature
- Patterns in nature
- Linear measurement
- Geometry in nature
- Tessellations and more….
Once again, another successful teacher training workshop. I thank all of the teachers in attendance, and the Florida Reading Association in selecting me as a presenter.
There are many children’s literature books that are available to teach science and math concepts relative to reinforcing patterns in nature, and structure and function. Additionally, there are excellent teacher/adult references available as well. The following is a sample of the books used during the teacher training workshop. Aditional children’s literature titles that were used during the teacher training workshop can be viewed on the book page of this site. All children’s literature and teacher references can be ordered from Amazon.com from dr.dianateachertraining.com at no extra charge.