Thursday, June 16, 2011

Reading Roundup -- The Amazon Rainforest

We are using the Five in a Row book list to add some spice to our children's literature readings this summer and into the fall. We bought two of the FIAR curriculum guides (for vol. 2 and 3) and will use the other two lists as a reference to bring great books into the house. We also will be going through the children's literature author's list suggested by Lucy Calkins in her book Raising Lifelong Learners.

We are thoroughly enjoying these books. It's added a lot of spice to our reading day! And if you're interested  here is our children's literature book list, a collection of authors and titles we are making our way through. I also have some of historical fiction to go along with early American history.

These first books are ones we read to go with our world music class and our study of Mexico and South America.  Here is the post about  some of the geography activities, songs and games we did to go along with our world music study.  We all loved The Kapok Tree. It has gorgeous illustrations and gave a wonderful introduction to the animals of the Amazon rainforest.  It also touches on why it's important to leave the rainforest intact and to try to curtail logging.  The kids have asked for this over and over!

A song about the rainforest to the tune of "And the green grass grew all around, all around and the green grass grew all around." My kids liked this and helped sing the song as we read the book.

The true story of a man who brings books to children in the mountains of Colombia, South America
I'll be writing about our reading adventures on Fridays -- our reading roundup. 


  1. Thanks for posting your literature list. I'm going to print it off. We have gone through FIAR 1 and are about to embark on Fiar 2.
    Julie @

  2. Glad you find it useful. Boy, we've read so many new and wonderful book these past two weeks. I have a heap of postings I could do about the great books we've read! I definitely recommend looking into the reading lists for others with kids our ages (3,5,7).