I love this class, but it's sometimes hard to convince my students that these subjects can play nicely together. (I'll admit this isn't ideal. I'd love a course devoted to each of the subjects.) Since my class focuses on two seemingly unrelated curricular areas, I thought that this would be a good time to start a new series of posts that highlights the ways in which they can be connected.
I'm launching this series today with the theme of FEATHERS.
Feathers are a unique physical adaptation found only in birds. But what are they? What are they used for? You'll find these answers and much more in this terrific informational book.
written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen
You can pair Melissa's book with this podcast from BirdNote. This just-under two minute segment describes how down feathers serve to keep bird's warm (insulate them) in very cold weather.
written by Carmen Agra Deedy and illustrated by Laura Seeley
"Everything comes from something,That evening, a group of naked geese wake her from her sleep and remind her that “everything comes from something,” and that her new feather bed is made from their feathers. (Please note that I am not endorsing the use of down, just highlighting it as a historically accurate use of a natural resource. Please read Can Down Be Ethical or Green to learn about ethical options to down feathers. )
Nothing comes from nothing.
Just like paper comes from trees,
And glass comes from sand,
An answer comes from a question.
All you have to do is ask."
Peachtree Publishing has a helpful Teacher's Guide for this book.
KidsEconPosters has a page on the book that explores how it can be used to teach economics concepts that include natural resources, goods & services, economic wants, productive resources, capital resources, and human resources.
You might want to consider making an "Everything Comes From Something" resource kit so students can see the natural resources used to make everyday items. You can also try this lesson from Virginia's Ag in the Classroom program entitled Resource Round-Up.
There you have it, feathers as a theme for connecting science and social studies. I hope you found this helpful. If you have ideas or resources to contribute, please share them in the comments. I'll be back next week with another post on Connecting the Curriculum.