Tuesday, May 14, 2013

John Muir: the man who saved the National Parks

I admire John Muir: he had a tormented childhood and found healing in nature.  He saved much of California's wilderness for us to appreciate!

If you read The Camping Trip that Changed America, you will love the YouTube video with Muir's voice, pictures, and a narration.  A wonderful companion to the book!

This YouTube video shows the pictures and the actual story of the book!  It is a six minute portion of Ken Burn's documentary focusing on the camping trip of Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir.  Enjoy!

The Camping Trip That Changed America: book and youtube videos.  

This final YouTube video shows the splendor of Yosemite valley.  I have yet to visit, but it is now on my bucket list!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

2014 Monarch Nominees: The Camping Trip That Changed America

Monarch Award
Being an Illinois resident, I look forward to the Monarch Award's every year.  The Illinois School Library Media Association compiles a list every year.  Librarians across the state have the student vote on their favorite Monarch book.  If you had to ask me to choose--I could never choose!  I love the variety of books that are included in the nominations.  The list is up, and I'm in love!

I just read this book, and I'm inspired to read, learn, and discover the National Parks!  There are so many resources on the internet.

The Camping Trip that Changed America, by Barb Rosenstock
President Teddy Roosevelt went camping through Yosemite  with John Muir.  At first, Muir was reluctant to take Roosevelt because he thought it was a political stunt.  However a friend convinced him that Roosevelt truly loved nature and the trip did inspire Roosevelt.  He designated five national parks during his term, and created the Antiquities Act of 1908.  This enable Presidents to declare historic or prehistoric areas and National Monuments.  
President Roosevelt and John Muir

Camping Trip

Giant Sequoias

John Muir in his book Yosemite wrote this about Yosemite: "But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite.  Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life.  Some lean back in majestic repose; others, absolutely sheer or nearly so for thousand of feet, advance beyond their companions in thoughtful attitudes, giving welcome to storms and calms alike, seemingly aware, yet heedless, of everything going on about them."

Here's the book trailer!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Currently & Informational Text: The New Nonfiction!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!  You could win the best classroom pencil sharpener! 

A Teacher without a Class
I love books.  I can never have enough suggestions, or good books to satisfy my hunger for books.  So what better way to find great books, but through a linky.  I want to learn about your favorite informational books.  I have many--so I am just going to focus on one author: Steve Jenkins!

I love this book!  Each drawing is the actual size, rather than scale, so you may only see part of the animal.  Its head, hand, teeth, or tail.  Or you may see the entire animal, just depending on the size of the animal.  You can put your hand on a gorilla's hand and realize how large their hands are compared to them.  I love the hands on interaction this book creates with its readers!
Actual Size, by Steve Jenkins

The actual size of an ostrich
 Jenkins brings the reader into the animal world by giving safety tips for each animal.
Never Smile at a Monkey, by Steve Jenkins
Here is an example: never bother a blue-ringed octopus!  

Never bother a blue-ringed octopus.  
This book is wonderful for anyone interesting in skeletons.  With skeletons on everything from swimming suits, to hats, I think it covers about everyone.  

Bones, by Steve Jenkins
You can preview one of the pages.  I love the colors, the layout, and of course, the information.  Bones are very important.  Did you know that a penguin doesn't have hallow bones--they need heavy bones to dive deep in the ocean.  But the crow, has lightweight bones.  Cool!  

Moving On, inside of Bones, by Steve Jenkins

This is a fun book, the goes deeper and deeper into the ocean!  

Down Down Down, by Steve Jenkins
Instead of taking my word for it, you can watch the YouTube video.  Enjoy!  

I saved the best for last!  This book was nominated for the Caldecott Award.  It is so innovative of how it incorporates different body parts to help teach the readers about the different animals.  

But once again, you don't need to take my word for it!  Watch and learn!

Steve Jenkins also has a great website.  Head on over, and find more of his great books!  I can't wait to see the books that you love.  Share as many as you like, or feature your favorite author!
I think some of these books are wonderful books to read in small groups.  So I am also linking up with Ideas by Jivey for

Workshop Wednesday

You can also link up to Farley's Currently!  It is so much fun!  

May Currently
listening: I love when it is so quiet, and the only thing I can hear is the clock.

loving: being in northern Illinois, we have had a very cold wet spring.  It was so nice to hit 80 degrees the past two days.  We are back down to 50 degrees today.
thinking:  I'm always caught up in, moving on the the next thing.  When I hike, it's all about reaching the peak and not enjoying the journey.  I want to learn how to enjoy the journey, and not just aim for the destination.
wanting: I just want it to be warm and sunny for more than one day at a time!
needing: I have so many gifts, I just want to appreciate the time I now have.
summer bucket list:  last summer we built a kid's wash.  I really would love to make it bigger!  There are many other things I want to do: go to Chicago, sleep in, get a job, train for a spring triathlon  go to a water ski show, make pesto, and make bruchetta!  I'll be busy!

So link up with currently--and come back and link with me too!

A Teacher without a Class
I can't wait to see your favorite informational books and authors!