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Summer Science Reading & Activity
Message to Parents:
This science activity can be done by K-5th grade children with parental supervision.
Category: Summer Science Reading with an activity.
Check your public library to see if you can check out the following book. If they do not have this book select another book about observing nature to read before the activity.
by Dianna Hutts Aston/illustrated by Sylvia Long
You can find nests in the air, in the water, underground, in the mud. A Nest Is Noisy, created by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long, is a visually stunning exploration of the diversity of shapes, sizes, locations, and uses of nests. You might know that sea turtles have nests, but did you know that army ants make “living nests” called bivouacs? Aston’s engaging and fact-filled prose is accentuated by Sylvia Long’s detailed paintings, which come to life on the page.
Many scientists keep nature journals where they keep observations and even sketches of the environment they are researching. Get started creating your own nature journal, and try your hand at sketching your subjects. Don’t worry if you’re new to sketching—over time, your drawings will become more sophisticated. You can also practice carefully observing and documenting something that interests you.