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Story and Reference Books About Soil and the Earth for 3rd Grade

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Story Books For 3rd grade Science Core Curriculum

• The Earth Is Sore: Native Americans on Nature. New York: Atheneum, 1981. This is a collection of poems and poetic statements about earth and sky by Native Americans..

• Everybody Needs a Rock. New York: Scribners, 1974. Find out how to hunt for a rock—no, the right rock. Baylor, Byrd

• Mole Moves House. New York: Doubleday, 1989. An exuberant mole refuses to believe that his human neighbors think he is a pest. Buchanan, Elizabeth.

• The Magic School Bus inside the Earth. New York: Scholastic, 1987. A special field trip on the magic school bus allows Ms. Frizzle’s class to get a first-hand look inside the Earth. Cole, Joanna.

• The Quicksand Book. New York: Holiday, 1977. An adventure in the jungle leads to a discussion of the composition of quicksand . . . and rescue procedures. This book also tells how to make your own quicksand. dePaola, Tomie.

• Deep Down Underground. New York: Macmillan, 1989. In this counting picture book, garden animals present the numbers from one to ten, as earthworms, toads, ants and others march, burrow, scurry and scooch deep down underground. Dunrea, Olivier.

• Small Pig. New York: Harper, 1969. A pig who has had his pen cleaned up by the farmer’s wife, goes off in search of mud and discovers that good mud is hard to find.
Lobel, Arnold. .

• The Sun, the Wind and the Rain. New York: H. Holt, 1988. The earth forms a mountain, shaping it with the sun, wind, and rain, while a child, in a parallel effort at the beach, makes a tall sand mountain also affected by the elements. Peters, Lisa..

• Once There Was a Tree. New York: Dial, 1985. This is a Russian tale about a decomposing tree. Romanova, Natalia
*Adopted from © Life Lab Science Program 2007

Reference Books For 3rd grade  Science Core Curriculum

  • Bourgeois, Paulette. The Amazing Dirt Book. Reading, MA: Addison, 1990. Two dozen activities dig up the dirt on dirt.
  • Coldrey, Jennifer. Discovering Worms. New York: Bookwright, 1986. This is a book about all kinds of worms—including where they live and what they eat. It includes ideas for collecting and studying earthworms.
  • George, Jean. All Upon a Stone. New York: Crowell, 1971. In a tiny community, a mole cricket tunnels, swims, and meets others of its species—all upon a stone.
  • Hess, Lilo. The Amazing Earthworm. New York: Scribners, 1979. The characteristics and habits of the earthworm are described clearly and simply.
  • Hiscock, Bruce. The Big Rock. New York: Atheneum, 1988. This book traces the origins of a granite rock located near the Adirondack Mountains, and describes how the rock reveals information about the Earth’s history.
  • Keen, Martin L. The World Beneath Our Feet: The Story of Soil. New York: Messner, 1974. This teacher reference provides an introduction to soil—its formation, importance, and conservation; the various kinds of soil; and the plant and animal life found in it.
  • Leutscher, Alfred. Earth. New York: Dial, 1983. Another useful teacher reference, this one looks at the different types of topsoil such as clay, chalk, and sand. It also covers topics such as the elements that make soil, the growing conditions for plants, and fossils.
  • Maddern, Eric. Earth Story. Hauppauge, NY: Barron, 1988. This book illustrates the Big Bang theory of the universe’s formation, and focuses on the formation of the Earth. It also briefly describes the development of topsoil.
  • McLaughlin, Molly. Earthworms, Dirt, and Rotten Leaves. New York: Atheneum,1986. This teacher reference asks and answers the question, “What’s so interesting about a slimy creature that lives in the dirt and eats dead leaves?” It includes a chapter especially on soil.
  • Schwartz, David M. The Hidden Life of the Forest. New York: Crown, 1988. An introduction to the animals, plants, and ecology of a forest, this book illustrates the rich interdependence of life in the forest.
  • The Hidden Life of the Meadow. New York: Crown, 1988. This is an introduction to the diversity and interdependence of plants and other living things in a meadow.

*Adopted from © Life Lab Science Program 2007

Written By

Photo of Cynthia NielsenCynthia NielsenSchool Curriculum Coordinator, Horticulture (336) 641-2400 (Office) cynthia_nielsen@ncsu.eduGuilford County, North Carolina
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