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|Author: David Rice
Illustrator: Michael S. Maydak
Retail Price: Paperback • $8.95
Teachers and parents-this book is an outstanding teaching resource, much more than the title might suggest. Beginning with “A lifetime for a mayfly is about one day,” it presents 24 “lifetimes” such as that of an earthworm (about six years), a giant sequoia (about 2,000 years), a bacteria (“well, that depends”), a dinosaur (“never again”) and the universe (about 15 to 20 billion years). Each example comes with detailed illustrations and something to ponder, such as, for earthworms, “Worms teach us that our work can be very important, even if it can’t be seen.” Each plant or animal is practically a lesson plan in itself, with “tell about it,” “think about it,” and “look it up” challenges. Written by a retired teacher, this is a favorite book for children and teachers alike.
The study of time, animal characteristics, and death as a natural process can offer powerful lessons in the classroom, and a Teacher’s Guide based on Lifetimes is available as a companion book. The 48-page Guide by master teachers Bruce and Carol Malnor offers a creative collection of lesson plans that integrates science and character education for the classroom or home school teacher. It also provides copy masters and extension activities.
Educators: download free activities based on this book on our activities page.