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Resources for Teaching Middle School Science
this volume were published after 1980 and are easily available. The titles were selected from a large number of books recommended by children's librarians with special expertise in books for young adults.
8.36Phyllis J. Perry. The World's Regions and Weather: Linking Fiction to Nonfiction.
Literature Bridges to Science series. Englewood, Colo.: Teacher Ideas Press, 1996. 173 pp.
Price: $22.00 (ISBN 1-56308-338-8)
The World's Regions and Weather is designed to help teachers plan a middle-grade integrated unit of study involving regions of the world and weather. The first 4 parts of the book are on (1) Snow, Hail, and Ice; (2) Drought, Dust, and Dunes; (3) Clouds, Rain, and Floods; and (4) Winds: Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Typhoons. Each of these parts provides detailed summaries of fiction books, with discussion starters for each book, summaries of related nonfiction books of various lengths and levels of difficulty, and ideas for multidisciplinary activities based on both types of books. Between the fiction and nonfiction books listed in each section is the summary of a book or video that combines factual information with fiction to enable readers to make an easy transition from one type of material to another. The fifth part of the book provides information on additional resources and linkages. All books suggested in this volume were published after 1980 and are readily available. The titles were selected from a large number of books recommended by children's librarians with special expertise in books for young adults.
8.37World Resources Institute. World Resources 1996-1997.
New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1996. 384 pp.
Price: $24.95 (ISBN 0-19-521161-8)
World Resources 1996-1997 reports on conditions and trends in the world's natural resources and in the global environment. It provides data, presented in tables, maps, and graphs, for almost every country in the world. Part I, on the urban environment, includes a comparison of urban conditions and trends throughout the developing and developed world; information on the impacts of urban environmental conditions on health and productivity; an analysis of how urban transportation systems are contributing to, or reducing, environmental problems; and strategies for improving the urban environment based on case studies from cities and communities across the globe. Part II is a collection of global statistics and trend reports that cover basic economic indicators, population and human development, food and agriculture, forests, biodiversity, energy and materials, water and fisheries, and atmosphere and climate. Extensive source references and technical notes are included.