The resources on this page are based on the theme Be a Nature Detective in Grade 2 of Houghton Mifflin's Invitations to Literacy program.


Here is a bibliography of supplementary books that include cross-curricular connections and books that meet individual needs. Click here for the latest update


Help yourself to these extension activities. You can print them out and use them in your classroom.


Here are some links to sites on the Internet that relate to Be a Nature Detective.

The Electronic Zoo
The Electronic Zoo, compiled and maintained by veterinarian Ken Boschart at Washington University, is without peer as a comprehensive reference to Internet animal resources. The Zoo's massive collection is nevertheless easy to navigate, with links grouped by both subject (animals, veterinary) and resource type (mailing lists, gopher and web sites). Sponsored by NetVet, the Zoo is a well-maintained site with a search facility, what's new list, and continual updates.
The Tele-Garden
The Tele-Garden enables users to view and interact with a remote garden filled with living plants. First-time guests can view the garden from various angles and position a robot camera arm for close-up color snapshots of the plants. Registered members who fill out a short online form can plant, water, and monitor the progress of seedlings using the industrial robot arm. Instructions on how to participate are well-written and the robot arm is easy to use. The Tele-Garden is maintained by a project team from the University of Southern California with support from the USC Annenberg Center for Communications, USC School of Engineering, and Adept Technology, Inc.