Peterson Field Guides to Supplement Your Science Curriculum

If you haven’t yet used the Peterson Field Guides to supplement your science curriculum, you’re in for a treat. This series, founded by Roger Tory Peterson, is a valuable resource for students interested in learning about nature. What’s more, they’re available in formats for readers from fourth grade through adult.

The field guides cover everything from plants and ecology to the seashore to insects, reptiles, mammals, and other animals. Below is a list of field guide titles you might want to use with your next science lesson:

For Younger Students (The Young Naturalists Series)

  • Peterson First Guides: Astronomy
  • Young Naturalist Guide to Caterpillars
  • Young Naturalist Guide to Butterflies
  • Wildflowers
  • Backyard Birds
  • Bizarre Birds
  • The Young Birders Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
  • Shore Birds
  • Birds of Prey
  • Young Naturalist Guide to Songbirds

For older students, or those with a passion for a particular subject, check your library for the standard Peterson field guides:

  • Mammals of North America
  • Birds of North America
  • Hummingbirds
  • Urban Wildlife
  • Edible Wild Plants, Eastern and Central North America
  • Eastern Trees
  • Western Trees
  • Rocky Mountain and Southwest Forests
  • Animal Tracks
  • Wildflowers
  • Mushrooms
  • Ferns
  • Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants
  • Insects
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Geology
  • Atmosphere
  • Stars and Planets
  • The Atlantic Seashore
  • Shells
  • Coral Reefs
  • The North American Prairie
  • Freshwater Fishes

You can study the field guides together with your children, or, if they are old enough, they can read them on their own. You can use them as part of nature unit studies or with lapbooking. You can take the books along on walks or hikes, or refer to them when you are nature journaling. You can use them to help your child understand the natural world around him, for as he does, he’ll begin to truly appreciate it.

Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell

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