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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 →

The Frog Scientist

The Frog Scientist It is such a nice rainy day to curl up with a good book! If you are in the 5th—7th grade range, one book I would recommend is The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner. I love… Continue Reading →

The Fairy Houses Trilogy

The Fairy Houses Trilogy     A favorite springtime activity of my grandchildren is to create a fairy garden every year.  They love searching my backyard for interesting items to leave for the fairies.  Maple seeds, rocks, and acorn caps… Continue Reading →

Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean

Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean   I began reading Gail Langer Karwoski’s book without any “pre-reading” with my granddaughters.  The six-year-old quickly made a discovery: Coral:  There are no fish in this book.  They all breathe air.  We discussed… Continue Reading →

Raindrops Roll

Raindrops Roll   In my opinion the mark of a good science trade book is whether it leads to the child wanting to know more, especially if it starts the journey into an inquiry activity.  Raindrops Roll by April Pulley… Continue Reading →

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