Some schools have science fairs.  Sometimes they start students in elementary school; sometimes not until junior high or high school.  If yours is one that starts students early, check our CECE LOVES SCIENCE by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes. It is a great introduction to the process students go through in doing a science project, and focuses on asking questions and observation. 

     Before the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), all we (science teachers) knew to do was teach students to follow THE Scientific Method.  We now realize that this is but one part of understanding the world around us.  Asking questions is certainly an important part of this understanding, and is something most kids are very good at. 

     This picture book captures a child’s questioning nature and channels it into science.  It also shows how questions lead to observations which can lead to investigations.  What this book omits are the next steps in an investigation, such as, “Do all dogs dislike vegetables?” “Do all dogs like bananas?” “Will other dogs like Cece’s dog smoothie?”  Perhaps she should survey more than one dog, but this book is a good start for children ages 4—8. 

     The illustrator, Vashti Harrison, produced excellent illustrations that add interest to the story.  She certainly captures the personality of the children, and the dog, and opens the door to the science lab.  There are other books in this series, and I can’t wait to read them!

I didn’t find alignment to the NGSS, but did find an educator’s guide on the web site:  https://www.kimberlyderting.com/educators.  There are some activities, word puzzles, and discussion questions.  You can find this book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Books A Million.

ISBN-10: 0062499602  ISBN-13: 978-0062499608

NGSS: Science and Engineering Practices