Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 26

We have a few hundred children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction.  To find those on your topic, search your subject word(s) and the word “juvenile”.  You can find many other choices in area public libraries using iConn: The Connecticut Digital Library ( where you can search the catalog of nearly all public libraries simultaneously.  The Children’s Books search tool can show you preview images of some of the most recent children’s books on a topic.

To plan a lesson around your theme, take a look at the education journal databases, particularly professional teachers’ association journals.  For example, the National Science Teachers’ Association publishes Science and Children which regularly includes lesson planning ideas.  Search your theme and “lesson planning” or “activity programs”.  Get acquainted with the iConn online research materials developed for children to use, such as InfoBits, InfoTrac Jr., and Science in Context (Science Resource Center). Do a test search of your topic.  These subscription websites can also be a good source of images, graphics, and charts to use for your lesson.  

A number of non-profits (e.g., PBS, ThinkQuest, Museum of Science (Boston), National Geographic, Exploratorium), media companies (Discovery Channel, Learning Channel), and science hobbyists and advocates post model lesson plans on their websites as well.


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