Earth Matters explores different
environments, life forms, and topics relevant to the earth and earth science.
Bold photographs and nonfiction text features such as maps and diagrams support
clear explanations of earth features and
Learning to ask questions before and during reading
helps children focus their attention and seek answers that increase their
comprehension. If students have questions that remain after reading, they can
learn how to seek answers outside the book to support further learning.
Do" (Teacher models strategy)
Read aloud page 4
of the book Air. Stop to model questions you might ask before continuing to
read. Write your questions on the board. Teacher: "I read about air and the
atmosphere. After reading, I wondered: ‘How can we tell air is around us
if we can’t see it? And where does the atmosphere end and space
begin?’ I can ask questions, look for answers to my questions, and ask new
questions as I
Do" (Teacher and children practice
Provide sticky notes for students to write
new questions as they read. Read aloud through page 9, noting that you can
answer your earlier questions, and asking if students have new ones. If
necessary, model asking questions about the gases in the atmosphere or other
things in the
Do" (Children use the strategy)
students to continue using sticky notes to write questions as they read the rest
of the book Air independently or with a partner. Remind them to seek answers in
the text and help them know where to look for answers to unanswered
Photographs in each book will engage
readers’ interest in the topics. Most of the sentences are simple and
follow the pattern of subject, verb, object and/or prepositional
difficult concepts and vocabulary
Help children preview content
vocabulary in the "Challenge Words" glossary. Show children that the
italicized words in each book text are defined in the glossary. You may need to
help children connect the words and photos in the book when the relationships
Inside and Out
As they read, have ESL students use sticky notes
to label the photographs inside each book with new words from the book (for
example, marking the seashore or volcano in the book Land). After reading, have
them remove the notes, put them on a new sheet of paper, and sketch each word to
check and reinforce their
Help children create large cards with the Challenge
Words from the series (see page 30 of each book for these). Then cover a portion
of the room’s wall with butcher paper and have children post some of the
word cards and write and draw in thoughts and sketches that connect to the
of Literacy,Science, and Art
(Earth and Space
Science) With children, create a class journal to record new understandings
about earth and space science phenomena that result from reading the books in
the series and conducting the extensions for each book.
With children, create life cycle and food chain diagrams connected to the book
Life. Also, discuss how life is affected by phenomena from the other books in
the series (such as landforms, seasons, and so
"resources" section of the Science NetLinks Web site for the topics
"air," "land," "life," "maps,"
"oceans," "space," and "time" provides activities
connected to standards and reviewed by the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS).
activities and experiments from the "National Geographic Kids" Web
site illustrate the properties of air.
U.S. Geological Survey Web site has an Education section with a variety of
resources connected with several of the books in the series, including Land and
provides a variety of activities and diagrams, related to food chains and food
webs. This site supports the book Life in particular.
site offers English and Spanish versions of activities and resources related to
maps for children.
Web site of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) links to
a variety of ocean-related resources, including its own "NOAA
site has a variety of explanations for Earth and space phenomena, including this
explanation of the seasons. Each explanation has three versions—for
"Beginner," "Intermediate," and "Advanced"