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Building Character with True Stories from Nature


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This flexible resource combines character education with analogies to powerful stories from nature. The heart of each of the book’s 25 lessons is an engaging story, written to kids, describing a particular animal or plant and its distinctive qualities. Busy classroom teachers will like this book’s accessibility and flexibility. Kids can read a story individually or in groups, or follow along as the teacher reads it aloud. Accompanying each story, teachers will find several activities—most of them quick, easy, and requiring few supplies—that further investigate animals or plants and the connections between their qualities and human behaviors. Every lesson examines several main character traits, providing starting points and sample questions for discussing and exploring analogies between events in nature and human acts of character. Features include a chart cross-referencing lessons to specific character traits and a list of further resources. Digital content contains more than 75 reproducible forms, a complete bonus lesson, and a color photograph of each animal and plant.

About the Author

Barbara A. Lewis is an award-winning author and educator who teaches kids how to think and
solve real problems. Her students at Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, initiated
the cleanup of hazardous waste, improved sidewalks, planted thousands of trees, and fought
crime. They instigated and pushed through several state laws and an amendment to a national
law, garnering 10 national awards, including two President’s Environmental Youth Awards, the
Arbor Day Award, the Renew America Award, and Pledge and a Promise Environmental Award.
Barbara’s other books include What Do You Stand For? For Kids, The Kid’s Guide to Social Action,
The Teen Guide to Global Action, and The Survival Guide for Teachers of Gifted Kids. She lives
in Park City, Utah.

Table of Contents

List of Reproducible Pages


Creating Good Habits in the Brain

Learning Through Analogies

Building Character with Analogies

Why Use True Stories from Nature?

Making Analogies Work for You

How to Use This Book

Lesson 1: Apes

Lesson 2: Bamboo

Lesson 3: Box Jellyfish

Lesson 4: Bristlecone Pine Trees

Lesson 5: Cats

Lesson 6: Coconut Crabs

Lesson 7: Crows

Lesson 8: Cuttlefish

Lesson 9: Dandelions

Lesson 10: Dogs

Lesson 11: Dolphins

Lesson 12: Dragonflies

Lesson 13: Elephants

Lesson 14: Fireflies

Lesson 15: Horses

Lesson 16: Metalmark Moths

Lesson 17: Nerium Oleanders

Lesson 18: Parrots

Lesson 19: Penguins

Lesson 20: Pigs

Lesson 21: Quaking Aspen Trees

Lesson 22: Squirrels

Lesson 23: Turkeys

Lesson 24: Venus Flytraps

Lesson 25: Wolves

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About the Author

Product Details

Lewis, Barbara A
Free Spirit Publishing
Lewis, Barbara A.
Teaching Methods & Materials / Science
Character education
Building Character
Character Education lesson plans; honesty; relationships
Building Character; traits; values; self; self-esteem; caring; citizenship; coop
respect; responsibility; safety; character education; character traits; natural;
Education-Teaching Science
Edition Description:
Book with Digital Content
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 2 up to 5
11 x 8.5 in

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