K-2 Reading Program
The purpose of the K-2 Reading Program is to enrich nature discovery in grades K-2, using stories and illustrations based on the treasures of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This program uses nonfiction, imaginative tales and hands on activities, both indoors and out, to encourage curiosity and build relationships with the natural world. Listening and reading comprehension skills will be enhanced as a result. Topics include habitat, ecology, biological diversity and life cycle of a variety of plants, animals and ecosystems.
- A Drop Around the World
- River Song with the Banana Slug String Band
- Pass the Energy Please
- The Tree in the Ancient Forest
- My Favorite Tree: Terrific Trees of North America
- The Dandelion Seed
- Eliza and the Dragonfly
- Under One Rock: Bugs, Slugs and other Uhgs
- On One Flower: Butterflies, Ticks and a Few More Icks
- Near One Cattail: Turtles, Logs and Leaping Frogs
- Around One Log: Chipmunks, Spiders and Creepy Insiders
- Monarch Butterfly
- The Honey Makers
- From Seed to Plant
- The Robins in Your Backyard
- A Butterfly is patient
- Around the Pond: Who’s Been Here
- Bear-Ly There
- Big Night for Salamanders
- Gobble, Gobble
- Hey, Little Ant
- In My Backyard
- In the Trees, Honeybees
- In the Woods: Who’s Been Here?
- Living Color
- Lizards, Frogs & Polliwogs
- Monarch and Milkweed
- Old Coyote
- Over in the Forest
- The Salamander Room
- Thunder Birds, Nature’s Flying Predators
- When the Bees Fly Home
- Whose Tracks Are These?
This month, we shared the life cycle, habitat requirements, and the migration of the Monarch butterfly.
All of Grayson County's first, fourth and fifth graders became superheroes last week. BRDC guide and wildlife rehabilitator, Darin Handy presented a wonderful program about mammals; marsupials in particular, of the Blue Ridge.
BRDC's Natural Heritage Program offered geology programs to the students of Grayson County Public Schools during December.
First grade students at Independence, Fries and and Grayson Highlands School learned about barn owls in this month’s K-2 Reading Program.
Volunteer Sarah Osborne read the book Barn Owls, and used talons and feathers from the BRDC collection to engage students in the study of these nocturnal raptors.
BRDC's newest in-school K-2 Reading Program, began last week with Mrs. Cox and Mrs. Bishop's 1st grade classes at Independence Elementary. Our program volunteer Sarah Osborne read the book Monarch and Milkweed and discussed with students the importance of milkweed to the Monarch Butterfly.
After nearly a month of planning, BRDC along with other community organizations, teachers and the Galax City Public Schools’ administration office, came together to offer elementary and middle school students a wide array of educational options and opportunities. BRDC’s role focused on four programs: National Fishing in Schools, led by Aaron Floyd and Lisa Benish with assistance from Roald Kirby and Mike Floyd; Reading the Blue Ridge, led by Sarah Osborne and Brenda Bonk with assistance from Scott Jackson-Ricketts and teacher’s aid, Theresa Mawyer; Microscope Fun, co-led by Evan Worrell, Scott, Brenda and with assistance from Lauren Peery, William Roberts and Roald; and Blue Ridge Expeditions trip to Grandfather Mountain, led by William and Joyce Roberts. All of BRDC’s programs were held in the elementary school.
BRDC has received generous support from the Harris Francis Block Foundation to fund a K-2 Reading Program for the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015! We are really looking forward to sharing some great reads with these young explorers!