Handbook of Nature Study

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Cornell University Press, 1939 - Nature - 887 pages
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A matchless handbook for decades, this classic work has been the natural history bible for countless teachers and others who seek information about their environment. Written originally for those elementary school teachers who knew little of common plants and animals, and even less about the earth beneath their feet and the skies overhead, this book is for the most part as valid and helpful today as it was when first written in 1911—and revised in the spirit of its authors by a group of naturalists in 1939. After all, dandelions, toads, robins, and constellations have changed little since then! And modern society's concern with the quality of life and the impact of people on soil, water, and wildlife makes this book even more relevant. Nature-study, as used in this handbook, encompasses all living things except humans, as well as all nonliving things such as rocks and minerals, the heavens, and weather. Of the living things described, most are common in the northeastern states, and many, such as the dandelion, milkweed, and mullein, and the house mouse, muskrat, and red fox, are so widespread that people living outside the United States will recognize them easily.

Anna Botsford Comstock very appropriately took the view that we should know first and best the things closest to us. Only then, when we have an intimate knowledge of our neighbors, should we, journey farther afield to learn about more distant things. Teachers and children will find the material in this book invaluable in that regard. Details of the most common, but in some ways the most interesting, things are brought out, first by careful, nontechnical descriptions of the things themselves and later by thoughtful questions and study units. Because the most common things are treated in greatest detail, materials for study are easy to find. Whether the reader lives in the inner city or in the rural outback, the handbook is a treasure trove of information. A teacher does not need to know much about nature to use this handbook. The information is there for the novice and the expert alike. All that is needed is an inquiring mind, senses to observe, and a willingness to think about nature on a personal level. To enter this book in search of information about any common organism, stone, or object in the sky is to open the door to a fresh and lively acquaintance with one's environment.

 

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Contents

THE TEACHING OF NATURESTUDY
1
What NatureStudy Is i Uses of Pictures Charts and Black
10
NatureStudy Not for Drill 6 Language Work
16
Lens Microscope and Field Glass as NatureStudy Clubs
22
Feet of Birds
40
FISHES
144
AMPHIBIANS
170
REPTILES
193
GARDEN FLOWERS
546
CULTIVATED CROP PLANTS
591
TREES
618
FLOWERLESS PLANTS
693
THE BROOK
736
THE SOIL
760
THE MAGNET
776
Storms
798

MAMMALS
214
INSECTS
294
INSECTS OF THE FIELDS AND WOODS
301
INSECTS OF THE BROOK AND POND
400
INVERTEBRATE ANIMALS OTHER
416
PLANTS
453
WILD FLOWERS
460
WEEDS
512
WATER FORMS
808
THE SKIES
815
Winter Stars
823
Stars of Summer
829
Comets and Meteors
838
The Sky Clock
844
The Relations of the Sun to
851
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