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Nature Reigns!  Jean Craighead George Biography, Hummingbird Nest A Poetry Journal, Eaglet's World, The Raft, Quilts, and Camping Poems in Toasting Marshmallows

The Tarantula in My Purse is the the autobiographical novel of short stories from environmentalist Jean Craighead George.  This 14-page literature guide includes:

  • Stuffed Animal Hero Day:
  • Animal Invasion, Writing Activities, Social Studies and Science Poster/Place Mat Art Activities, and Math-How Much is Your Stuffed Animal Worth?
  • Hope:  A Teacher's Story Model
  • To Have and to Contemplate
  • Three Part Reading Log
  • Lively Vocabulary 
  • Picture This, Drawing to Visualize
  • Cause and Effect
  • Animal Analogies
  • The Life of Jean Craighead George
  • Role Play:  The Duck, the Goose, and Me
  • Crow Facts Research
  • Solving the Riddle
  • Instincts and Relationships, A Crossword Puzzle
  • Animal Heroes
  • Plant Hero:  "Studying Nature's Treasures" George Washington Carver
  • Comprehension Check comparing George Washington Carver with the Author of Pieces
  • Writing Prompts
  • Answer Keys


Also Included, 33 more activity pages in literature guides for FIVE spectacular picture books about observing and playing in nature!  

The Hummingbird's Nest, A Poetry Journal by Kristine O’Connell George
Eaglet's World by Evelyn Minshull
The Raft by Jim LaMarche 
Quilts: A Year in Poems and Quilts by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Toasting Marshmallows by Kristine O'Connell George 

Activities in The Hummingbird's Nest, A Poetry Journal

  • Hummingbird Crossword Puzzle
  • Poetry Patterns, Analyzing the Literary Language of the Poems
  • Stained Glass Hummingbird
  • ABC Hummingbirds
  • Comparing Books
  • Nesting Areas of Five Hummingbirds, A Logic Puzzle 

Activities in The Raft, An Adventure in Nature:

  • River Crossing
  • Exploration
  • Poetry Magic, Diamante, ABC Poetry
  • Story Reflections: Using The Raft as a Story Writing Model

Activities in Eaglet's World:

  • Growing Up, A Crossword Puzzle
  • Readers Theater Play for 4 Voices
  • Taking Notes on Eagles with a Word Web and pictures
  • Eagle Math
  • Understanding the Story, Multiple Choice
  • Writing Planning, Scary Steps
  • Final Draft
  • Answers

Activities in Quilts, A Year of Poems and Quilts

  • Pulling the Threads Together
  • Literary Treasure Puzzle
  • Treasure Hunt for Poems’ Pieces
  • Celebrate a Poem
  • Make a Paper Quilt
  • Checking Comprehension
  • ReacTION the Game
  • Astronomical Lawns and Royal Trees
  • Systems in Science
  • Studying Nature’s Treasure:  George Washington Carver

Activities in Toasting Marshmallows

  • Comparing Books
  • Do I Understand?  Multiple Choice
  • Write a Campfire Story
  • I Never Thought of It That Way--A Poet's EyesAnswers


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