ZOEY & SASSAFRAS: MERHORSES AND BUBBLES

ZOEY & SASSAFRAS: MERHORSES AND BUBBLES So what’s wrong with mixing science and fantasy in a book for ages 4-10?  I can’t think of a better way to engage both the mind and imagination!  I only wish I had books… Continue Reading →

Dear Sun, Dear Moon

Dear Sun, Dear Moon With the “Great American Solar Eclipse” rapidly approaching (Aug. 21, 2017), teachers, parents, and grandparents are frantically searching for books on eclipses for their students/children. Deborah Paggi’s book is a cleverly written conversation between the Sun… Continue Reading →

Twisted True Tales from Science: Medical Mayhem

When I was in middle school I visited Colonial Williamsburg. I was especially impressed by the apothecary shop (comparable to today’s drug store). In one of the bottles was the colonial equivalent of today’s aspirin. It was HUGE!! I could… Continue Reading →

Activities for Any Picture Book

I know you want your student or child to become a fluent reader.  That’s why I like Nancy Polette’s book, Activities for Any Picture Book  so well.  She includes multiple research-based instructional strategies to be used before, during, and after… Continue Reading →

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

My favorite genre of books to read in elementary school was biographies (after The Boxcar Children, and before I discovered Nancy Drew!).  Any young child with the slightest interest in math and science will love Ada Byron Lovelace and the… Continue Reading →

Touch the Brightest Star

Touch the Brightest Star With Daylight Savings Time ending, and the largest full moon in years, I thought it would be a good time to get your little ones outside to look at the night sky. What child has not… Continue Reading →

Whizzy Science: Make It Zoom!

Whizzy Science:  Make It Zoom! When I look at children’s’ science trade books, I find lots and lots of them about animals and ecology, and precious few about forces and motion. Why? Animals are adorable, and kids love them! Forces… Continue Reading →

Teaching Science through Trade Books

Teaching Science through Trade Books If I were conducting a workshop utilizing this book, I would start with the 5-E learning model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate), and ask teachers how could you use a trade book (fiction or non-fiction)… Continue Reading →

Park Scientists

Park Scientists   Some of my fondest childhood memories are camping with my family. My dad was from Idaho, and worked in the summers in college for the forestry service. He instilled in me my love of the outdoors and… Continue Reading →

The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children     I am mad! I just learned that my very favorite childhood book was one of a series, and no one ever told me about the rest of them!! In the 3rd or 4th grade (I… Continue Reading →

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