Handbook of Nature Study

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Cornell University Press, 1939 - 887 oldal

A matchless handbook for decades, this classic work has been the natural history bible for countless teachers and others who seek information about their environment. Written originally for those elementary school teachers who knew little of common plants and animals, and even less about the earth beneath their feet and the skies overhead, this book is for the most part as valid and helpful today as it was when first written in 1911--and revised in the spirit of its authors by a group of naturalists in 1939. After all, dandelions, toads, robins, and constellations have changed little since then! And modern society's concern with the quality of life and the impact of people on soil, water, and wildlife makes this book even more relevant. Nature-study, as used in this handbook, encompasses all living things except humans, as well as all nonliving things such as rocks and minerals, the heavens, and weather. Of the living things described, most are common in the northeastern states, and many, such as the dandelion, milkweed, and mullein, and the house mouse, muskrat, and red fox, are so widespread that people living outside the United States will recognize them easily.

Anna Botsford Comstock very appropriately took the view that we should know first and best the things closest to us. Only then, when we have an intimate knowledge of our neighbors, should we, journey farther afield to learn about more distant things. Teachers and children will find the material in this book invaluable in that regard. Details of the most common, but in some ways the most interesting, things are brought out, first by careful, nontechnical descriptions of the things themselves and later by thoughtful questions and study units. Because the most common things are treated in greatest detail, materials for study are easy to find. Whether the reader lives in the inner city or in the rural outback, the handbook is a treasure trove of information. A teacher does not need to know much about nature to use this handbook. The information is there for the novice and the expert alike. All that is needed is an inquiring mind, senses to observe, and a willingness to think about nature on a personal level. To enter this book in search of information about any common organism, stone, or object in the sky is to open the door to a fresh and lively acquaintance with one's environment.

 

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We have just begun nature studies with our children & this book is our new favorite reference(even with several field guides on our shelves). It begins with how to conduct a nature study, goes on to ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása

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What NatureStudy
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The NatureStudy Lesson Always Correlation of Nature Study with
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BIRDS
27
Chipping Sparrow
86
Catbird
94
Screech
100
BIRDS OF PREY AND SCAVENGERS
106
Hummingbird
113
Honeybee
391
INSECTS OF THE BROOK AND POND
400
SNAKES I
401
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How to Begin the Study of Plants
453
rel Corn
471
Dodder
520

Baltimore Oriole
120
Cardinal Grosbeak
127
Wild Geese
133
GAME BIRDS
136
35
140
Birds of Marsh and Shore
142
38
153
LIZARDS I
202
ANIMALS OF Zoos AND PARKS
290
Common Sucker
305
AMPHIBIANS
320
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342
REPTILES
351
Ladybird
364
The Antnest and What May
374
Leafcutter
384
TAILED AMPHIBIANS
388
Thistle
628
Burdock
634
Plant
640
Pearly Everlasting
648
Teasel
655
CULTIVATED CROP PLANTS
714
Water Snake
717
THE BROOK
736
Igneous Rocks
801
Crystal Growth
807
Soil Erosion an Old Problem 769 Aldebaran and the Pleiades
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Maps Where Published
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The late Anna Botsford Comstock was the founder and first head of the Department of Nature Study at Cornell University and the first woman to be appointed to the Cornell faculty. Written originally for elementary school teachers, this book is as valid and helpful today as it was when it was first written in 1911.

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