Press Release: Hop Into Action Guides Educators Through Environmental Instruction for Young Learners

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 7, 2010

In the midst of a global amphibian extinction crisis, it is more important than ever for classroom teachers, home school educators, naturalists, and camp leaders to incorporate effective environmental education into their K–4 agenda. Hop Into Action was created to serve as an interdisciplinary curriculum guide for the classroom and field. Twenty standards-based, cross-curricular investigations introduce children to the joy of amphibians while using scientific inquiry and critical thinking.

Hop Into Action offers cross-disciplinary lessons that can be applied to the areas of language arts, physical education, art, math, civics, history, and media.  Author David Alexander designed the lessons for multiple learning styles and to take advantage of children’s natural curiosity about the environment through observation, photographs, games, and direct instruction. He includes detailed objectives, background information, step-by-step procedures, evaluation questions, and additional web resources. Most importantly, he hopes students will learn to love, appreciate, and protect amphibians as a result of the ideas provided in this guide.

About the Author

David Alexander is an environmental specialist at Essex County Environmental Center. He is also an experienced facilitator of teacher workshops and trainings and a consultant on curriculum development.

You can browse sample pages of this new book for free at the NSTA Science Store website at

For additional information or to purchase Hop Into Action: The Amphibian Curriculum Guide for Grades K–4and other books from NSTA Press, visit the NSTA Science Store at To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. Outside the United States and Canada, call 301-638-0200. The 132-page book is priced at $24.95and discount-priced for NSTA members at $19.96. (Stock # PB287X, ISBN # 978-1-936137-07-75)

The Arlington, Virginia–based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership includes more than 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

NSTA Press produces 15–25 new books each year. Focused on the pre-K–college market and specifically aimed at teachers of science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies.

SOURCE National Science Teachers Association

Hop Into Action Guides Educators Through Environmental Instruction for Young Learners

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