The flagship book in the Keepers of the Earth series, this environmental classic teaches children respect and stewardship for the Earth and all living things. Joseph Bruchac's lyrical retellings set the stage for Michael Caduto's abundance of related activities.
Beginning with Native American stories, this invaluable and time-honored resource provides readers with an abundance of hands-on activities that will inspire children to understand and appreciate Native American cultures and the Earth.
Connects to social studies, science, environmental studies and other content areas.Uses a holistic approach suitable for all ages.Provides field-tested activities.Includes charts, illustrations and graphs to enhance the projects and concepts.
When the stories and activities in this book and its companion teacher's guide are followed carefully as children progress from kindergarten through the primary grades, roughly ages five through twelve years, they provide a complete program of study in the important concepts and topics of ecology and natural history. As the stories unfold and you help the children to bring the activities to life, a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the Earth and Native American cultures begins. These stories and activities weave together lessons both directly and through metaphors and have been enjoyed by families as well as in camp settings, nature centers, environmental education programs, public and private schools, library story hours, and in both rural and urban settings.
""Keepers of the Earth, " is a sensitive and well thoughtout guide for helping children love and care for the Earth. I heartily recommend it as a resource for parents and teachers." Joseph Cornell, author of "Sharing Nature with Children" and "Listening to Nature"
""Keepers of the Earth" is a fascinating way to learn about our environment. The combination of Native American stories and related activities will spark children's imaginations and help them explore their environment." Augusto Medina, Ph.D., education specialist, World Wildlife Fund
"This wonderful balance of scientific and indigenous people's outlooks empowers children to touch the continuum of nature pulsating within and around them. The reconnection makes possible their creation of vital new stories to cope with today's misguided beliefs about the natural world." Dr. Michael J. Cohen, director, National Audobon Society Expedition Institute; author, "How Nature Works: regenerating Kinship with Planet Earth"
"By combining the Native American flair for storytelling with modern western understandings of science and education, Caduto and Bruchac reacquaint youngsters with the natural world and our relationships with it. "Keepers of the Earth" is a unique approach to guiding our youth to a sustainable future. School, club and camp youth leaders will find this book a treasure." Charles E. Roth, director of Educational Services, Massachusetts Audobon Society
""Keepers of the Earth" should be in every library. Social studies, science, environmental responsibility can be greatly enriched by using this book. The 25 legends from 20 different cultures selected by Abenaki Joseph Bruchac, and interpreted by easily understood scientific information and hands on activities by Michael Caduto makes this a gold mine for teaching important concepts." Dr. Helen Ross Russell, author of "Ten Minute Field Trips: Using the Schoolground to Teach
Series: Keepers of the Earth
Primary / High School
For Ages: 6+ years old
For Grades: 1+
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: Fulcrum Inc.,US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.5 x 21.1
Weight (kg): 0.55