Resources for Teachers

Thank you for visiting my site.  This page shares some useful resources and links for teachers.  Please feel free to send me any questions or comments on using my books to teach science in your classrooms.  For information on live programs I offer for schools and libraries, click here.

Activities

Flower Talk Activity

Here's an activity to do with kids after reading Flower Talk:

Print out copies of the two drawings of the vase or jar with flower stems. Children can use crayons or colored pencils to add on the flower heads. Then, have stickers of pollinators (easy to get online: bees, bats, butterflies, moth, hummingbirds) which children can add onto the appropriately colored/shaped flower. If you can't get stickers, kids can also draw in the pollinators.

Bone by Bone Activity

A page from the Bone by Bone activity guide.

My publisher Lerner and I worked together to create a complementary activity for my book Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons which is designed to teach students more about comparative anatomy.  It has outlines of the skeletons of various animals with directions for children to color in the bones by name.  

Here’s a link to a great resource to use with Tooth by Tooth: Comparing Fangs, Tusks, and Chompers:
https://primarysourcepairings.com/tooth-by-tooth/

Blogs

Science and Education Can be Fun

Here’s a link to a blog I wrote for Wheelock College on teaching science to children.  It has some suggestions on teaching comparative anatomy. 

Melissa Stewart and Diversity in Thinking

This blog in School Library Journal by Melissa Stewart, writer of over 150 nonfiction books for children, discusses how to bring engaging STEM-themed expository writing to children.

How I Came to Write Tooth by Tooth: Comparing Tusks, Fangs, and Chompers

I knew from teaching at Wheelock that students loved to puzzle out questions about variation, and I thought children would, too.

There's a Book for That, "Cover Reveal: Fossil by Fossil: Comparing Dinosaur Bones."

Carrie Gelson shares the new cover art prior to the book's release and interviews author Sara Levine and illustrator T.S. Spookytooth.

More Books

Here is a list of books that I have used that worked well when teaching science and environmental education to children.