Habitats Unit Books

Here's a great series to use in your habitats unit!  Written by Marianne Berkes, this series of books uses the "Over in the Meadow" tune and cadence, with each book focusing on a different habitat. Below are short reviews of each book as well as a peek inside the books.

This series has won the following awards:
  - Mom's Choice Gold Award 2009
  - ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist 2009
  - National Parenting Publications Award 2009
  - International Reading Association Teacher’s Choices Award

Over in the Arctic: Where the Cold Wind Blows

In a fun variation of 'Over in the Meadow', this title features animals of the Arctic and is illustrated with cut paper collages. Here's a sample of the text:

"Over in the Arctic /​ Where some creatures migrate, /​ Lived a mother snow goose /​ And her little goslings eight ​'Honk,' said the mother. /​ 'We honk,' said the eight. / ​So they honked and flew south /​ Where some creatures migrate."

School Library Journal called it "a useful introduction to the area."  Teachers will especially appreciate the information section on the Arctic tundra and animals.

Below is a sample interior page. It's hard to tell in our little sample here, but the illustrations are cut paper collages, and are really quite interesting to see!

Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef

We are building this page this week  (1/4/15 - 1/10/15).

Please check back at the end of the week to see the remaining book reviews.

Below are sample

The entire book is illustration with clay.  Here's a close up of the cover.

Over On a Mountain: Somewhere in the World



Over in a River: Flowing Out to Sea


Below are

Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme



Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek



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