The Nature Detective Science Series

Nature Detective Books

Diane Swanson

Pacific Edge Publishing

Level: Grades 3-4

 

The Nature Detective Series is a set of five books and five activity guides,  to address the grade 3-4 learning standards in the BC science curriculum.

 

Written by award winning BC author, Diane Swanson, the Nature Detectives Series tells the stories of groups of adventurous nature detectives as they discover the life in five different ecosystems; westcoast rainforest, seashore, wetland, grassland and river. These enjoyable books provide primary teachers with a language-based resource from which science and language arts can be extended across the curriculum.

 

Each book introduces children to one of five fascinating ecosystems. It shows how plants and animals interact and adapt themselves to the forest. It shows how living things depend on non-living things, such as water, light and soil. The book also presents examples of fossil forest life, First Nations' uses of forests and the ways people harm-and help-the forest. By the end of each book, children have a new appreciation for each ecosystem.

 

Table of Contents

Each text includes:

  • an examination of the diversity of plants and animals
  • how plants and animals have adapted themselves to their environment
  • how plants and animals interact with each other
  • an examination of the life cycles of specific plants and animals
  • a comparison of fossils with plants and animals
  • a look at the causes and effects of extinction and endangerment of plants and animals
  • information about First Nations' use of plants and animals in each
  • ecosystem
  • glossary and index

 

See sample pages here

 

 

Nature Detective Guides

125 pp, blackline masters

Level: Grades 3-4

 

Each guide provides excellent support materials to meet the learning standards for the development of skills and the acquisition of knowledge. The guides provide all the resources necessary to facilitate the integrative teaching of Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

 

Table of Contents

Each guide includes:

  • activities integrating themes across the curriculum (Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Art)
  • plenty of hands-on-activities
  • reproducible blackline masters
  • suggested assessment strategies and tools
  • references and annotated resource list of related titles
  • Internet links to appropriate WWW sites

 

 

 

 

Forest Detectives Book

48 pp, color illustrations,

glossary, index

 

$11.95

(Order 10 or more and save 10%)

 

 

Forest Detectives Guide

125 pp, blackline masters, coil

 

$24.95 (print)

$9.95 (downloadable PDF)

 

Grassland Detectives Book

48 pp, color illustrations,

glossary, index

 

$11.95

(Order 10 or more and save 10%)

 

Seashore Detectives Book

48 pp, color illustrations,

glossary, index

 

$11.95

(Order 10 or more and save 10%)

 

Grassland Detectives Guide

125 pp, blackline masters, coil

 

$24.95 (print)

$9.95 (downloadable PDF)

Seashore Detectives Guide

125 pp, blackline masters, coil

 

$24.95 (print)

$9.95 (downloadable PDF)

River Detectives Book

48 pp, colour illustrations,

glossary, index

 

$11.95

(Order 10 or more and save 10%)

 

 

River Detectives Guide

125 pp, blackline masters, coil

 

$24.95 (print)

$9.95 (downloadable PDF)

Wetland Detectives Book

48 pp, colour illustrations,

glossary, index

 

$11.95

(Order 10 or more and save 10%)

 

 

Wetland Detectives Guide

125 pp, blackline masters, coil

 

$24.95 (print)

$9.95 (downloadable PDF)

 

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