Price: $32.95

Type: paperbound
Pages: 284
Size: 8.5 x 11
Grades: 4 – 6
Author: Diane Janis

 

Earth’s Secret: Making Connections Activity Book

 

This student activity book contains 200 thought provoking, creative activities that keep students highly motivated by expanding on characters, events, and educational content from Earth’s Secret: Voices in the Dark. This helps make learning fun and encourages students to attempt skills and concepts that may otherwise seem unimportant or unapproachable.

 

Many of the activities are intercurricular and several focus on environmental topics. This gives students opportunities to make connections between Earth’s Secret: Voices in the Dark, their personal lives, curriculum subjects and real-world situations.

 

“…One can see that Diane Janis has thought a lot about what teachers go through each and every day because uniting curriculum makes a whole lot of sense. Using the activity book, a teacher can easily take student interest in the novel into a lesson in language arts, math, science, social studies, character education or even health, mirroring the same type of connections seen in real life situations…”

Lee Janowsky,
Elementary Educator and Consultant Teacher

 

 

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS in Earth’s Secret: Making Connections Activity Book

 

  • English/Language Arts: The activity book contains vocabulary, comprehension questions and journal entry suggestions for each chapter of the novel. …All of the activities require reading comprehension, and many integrate English/language arts skills with content from other curriculum subjects. This helps students develop a broader range of knowledge while improving literacy.

 

  • Science: Many activities also follow the astronomy and environmental theme of the novel. Each science experiment follows the scientific process and promotes problem solving.

 

  • Math: Activities that include math follow a sequential development of skills and concepts and many incorporate problem solving. Most are related to astronomy and environmental topics from the novel.

 

  • Social Studies: The novel-related concepts of environment, technology and change are incorporated into many activities. Some activities also focus on historic information relating to famous astronomers and scientists.

 

  • Character Education: Many activities continue the novel’s theme of interdependence between beneficial character traits, problem solving, and a positive attitude.

“…The activity book is fun for students to use, complete with activities for all levels and disciplines. It is an engaging way to combine curriculum subjects for purposeful learning…”

Elin Orman,
5th Grade Teacher, Honeoye Elementary School, Honeoye, NY

BENEFITS of Earth’s Secret: Making Connections Activity Book

  • Novel-Based: The activities connect to characters, events, and educational content from the novel, Earth’s Secret: Voices in the Dark. Making connections to a previous learning experience promotes student interest and facilitates readiness for receiving new information. Children’s fascination with the novel mystery and personification of the planets helps make learning more fun and motivates students to attack skills and concepts that may otherwise seem unimportant or unapproachable.

 

  • Intercurricular: Many of the activities are intercurricular, which provide meaningful learning experiences by combining curriculum subjects with ELA skills. This gives students opportunities to make connections between Voices in the Dark, their personal lives, curriculum subjects and real-world situations.

 

  • Problem Solving: Students are guided through problem solving steps, and a variety of activities provide students with opportunities to become problem solvers through the use of critical and creative thinking skills connected to real-life topics and situations.

 

  • Thematic: Educators can choose activities for a variety of thematic units throughout the curriculum.

 

  • Flexible Use: Activities focusing on educational content from the novel are designed for flexible use while reading the novel or throughout the school-year.

 

  • Differentiation: The activities are designed for student-focused differentiation that accommodates learning styles and diverse abilities.

 

  • Memory Strategies: Each chapter-based section continues the novel’s promotion of memory strategies. Multiple types of graphic organizers teach students how to organize information to aid memory and learning year.

 

  • Quality and Quantity: Intercurricular activities help solve the problem of meeting student needs for quality learning experiences that raise the quantity of knowledge required by state curriculums.

 

SKILLS and CONCEPTS in Earth’s Secret: Making Connections Activity Book

 

English/

Language Arts

 

 

Math

 

Science

 

Social Studies

 

Character  Education

acronym

averaging

astronomy

age of exploration

assertive behavior

analogy

calculator use

atmosphere

ancient Greece

brave

cause & effect

circumference

atoms

ancient Rome

creative

compare & contrast

decimals

consumers

beliefs

curious

composition format

diameter

chemical formula

change

feelings

dictionary skills

fractions

distances in space

culture

forgiving

draw conclusions

graphs

energy

customs

honesty

elements of fiction

metric measuring

environmental  careers

empathy

kindness

fact & fiction

order of operations

environment

learning styles

figurative language

percents

food chains

geography terms

perseverance

generalize

problem solving

 1, 2, & 3-step with whole numbers and decimals:

  • add
  • subtract
  • multiply
  • divide

greenhouse effect

Industrial Revolution

positive thinking

graphic organizers

gravity

interdependence

problem solving

idioms

inventors

Renaissance

responsible

journal writing

mass

space age

 

label diagrams

matter

technology

 

metaphors

molecules

time line

 

mnemonic devices

ocean tides

world population

 

outlining 

quadrilaterals

photosynthesis

 

 

paragraph writing

radius

producers

 

 

persuasive writing

spheres

reflected light

 

 

predicting

tables

respiration

 

 

puns

time order

scientific process

 

 

sequencing

 

solar system

 

 

similes

 

theory

 

 

supporting details

 

weight

 

 

Venn diagrams