Books and Magazines
Acid Rain. Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS), Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720, (510) 642-7771.
This unit was developed for students in grades 6-10 to explore the basics of the problem of acid rain.
Appelhof, Mary, Mary Frances Fenton, and Barbara Loss Harris. Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Flower Press, 1993.
Integrates earthworm activities with soil science, plant growth studies, and ecological issues.
Attenborough, David. The Living Planet. Little, Brown, 1986.
Bottle Biology. Bottle Biology Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Plant Pathology, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706.
Hands-on biology, models exploring ecosystem interactions, population dynamics, biodegradations, microbial fermentation made from plastic containers.
Changes in Ecosystems. Macmillan McGraw, 1993.
Cornell, Joseph. Sharing Nature with Children.
Dawn Publications, 1979.
Activities that help introduce children to nature.
Includes calm, reflective activities as well as good group games.
Ecology, Earth's Living Resources. Prentice Hall Science, Prentice Hall, 1993.
Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect. Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS), Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720, (510) 6427771.
This unit was developed for students in grades 7-10 to explore the basics of the problem of global warming due to the greenhouse effect, including laboratory activities, simulations, and discussions.
Hickman, Pamela M. Birdwise, Forty Fun Feats for Finding Out about Our Feathered Friends.
Addison Wesley Publishing Company Inc., 1988.
Hughes, Monica. Ring-Rise, Ring-Set. New York:
Julia McRae Books, 1982. Fiction.
A group of scientists battles to halt the advance of the glaciers. The story explores changes in an ecosystem.
An Illustrated Guide to Attracting Birds. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Publishing Corporation, 1990. Includes bird identification, plant lists, bird feeders, houses, and baths.
Linden, Eugene. “The Last Eden.” Time, July 13, 1992. 62-68.
Oliwenstein, Lori. “Free as a Bird: Release of Two California Condors.” Discover, January 1993, 41.
Ranger Rick's Nature Scope. Washington, DC: National Wildlife Federation, 1985-1992.
A great series on geology, oceans, mammals, astronomy, reptiles, tropical rain forests, birds, trees, dinosaurs, wetlands, weather, pollution, and insects.
Schlein, Miriam. Project Panda Watch. New York: Atheneum, 1984.
A true story of how people almost destroyed the panda's ecosystem and nearly caused its extinction, and how people in China are trying to reestablish the panda's natural habitat.
Science Project Cards: Environmental Science.
The Center for Applied Research in Education, Inc., 1978.
“Do Earthworms Help Soil?”
“The Leaky Faucet”
“Water Testing for Impurities”
Studying Birds at a School Feeder, Teaching Models. The Bird Feeders Society, P.O. Box 243, Mystic, Connecticut 06355.
Thomas, Jack Ward, Robert O. Brush, and Richard M. DeGraaf. “Invite Wildlife to Your Backyard.” National Wildlife Magazine, April/May 1973.
Violoa, Herman J., and Carolyn Margolis. Seeds of Change. Smithsonian, 1991.
Traces the Old and New World exchanges of sugar, maize, potatoes, wine, and horses, as well as diseases brought by Christopher Columbus and others who followed him, causing radical cultural, biological, and environmental change. Beautifully illustrated.
Wilcove, David. “In Memory of Martha and Her Kind.” Audubon, September 1989.
The death of the last passenger pigeon.
Witty, Helen, and Dick Witty. Feed the Birds. New York: Workman Publishing, 1991.
A complete guide to store-bought, recycled, and wild foods for birds of all kinds.
Wong, Karry K., and Malvin S. Dolmatz. Biological Science, The Key Ideas. Globe Book Company Inc., 1986.
∗∗Biodiversity Resource Center, California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California 94118. (415) 750-7361, Fax (415) 750-7106. The center has many publications available, for example:
Ehrlich, Paul and Anne. Extinction: The Causes and Consequences of the Disappearance of Species. New York: Ballantine Books, 1983.
The Endangered Species Act: A Commitment Worth Keeping. Washington, D.C.: The Wilderness Society, 1992.
Nilsson, Greta. The Endangered Species Handbook. Washington, D.C.: The Animal Welfare Institute, 1990.
The Official World Wildlife Fund Guide to Endangered Species. Washington, D.C.: Beacham Publishing, Inc., 1990.
Challenges in the Conservation of Biological Resources: A Practitioner's Guide. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1991.
Genetic and Ecological Diversity: The Sport of Nature. London: Chapman and Hall, 1991.
Films, Filmstrips, and Videos
Can Tropical Rainforests Be Saved? 120 min. PBS Home Video. Written and Produced by Robert Richter.
The Diversity of Life. 25 min. National Geographic, 1993. #c 51577. Grades 9-12/adult.
Ecological Biology. 16 min. Coronet Film & Video. 16mm. or video. Color.
Never Cry Wolf. video. Life of a field researcher in Alaska, based on a book by Farley Mowat.
Software and CD-ROM
Ecosystems. Sunburst CD-ROM. For Grades 4-8.
Designed by Bank Street College of Education. Students learn about food chains, relationships within an ecosystem, and how human activities impact the environment.
The Rainforest. REMedia CD-ROM. Order from Educational Resources, 1-800-624-2926.
An educational guide to rainforests, featuring sections on rainforest ecology, peoples, and debates.
Hysom, Dennis. “Cloud Forest: Last Great Place on Earth.” Nature Company Audio Library Presents.
“Tropical Jungle.” 60 min. Cassette of jungle sounds. Produced by Bernie Krause. Nature Company.