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When I was practicing to become a planetarium lecturer, I had to quickly learn the constellations. This book is wonderful in helping you navigate the night sky clearly using well known “landmarks”. It is the perfect book for parents to read to their children at night with the window open to the stars. H. A. Rey, who is famous for the Curious George series, was one of the first to publish this classic book that took oddly shaped constellations and made them into easily remembered pictorial forms for the general public. I highly recommend this book for all ages.
Well, I know that if I were a kid, this is the one book I would have next to my bed at night. I doubt I would be able to put it down and I would constantly flip back and forth through the pages. This is the sequel to the original book written by David Macaulay and it is absolutely super! It will appeal to all those Lego maniacs out there. Some children are extremely visual learners and this book is exactly what they need to think through every detailed layer of machines. I highly recommend this as a reference book or just a great coffee table book.
This recent book spawned a whole new way of teaching! Teachers attend workshops to get kids interested in science this way. Kids love talking about bathroom humor! I will spare you the descriptions. You simply cannot lose with this book and its sequels, guaranteed to be a favorite.
I would be remiss if I did not mention one of the more prolific children science authors of our time. Gail Gibbons does a remarkable job capturing detail, vocabulary, and science fact in delightfully short books. Sea Turtles is an example of her superb art work combined with straight talk about science. She shows her mastery at teaching by reinforcing ideas throughout her book. Gail publishes many books on science and they are all hits with the elementary school audience. I highly recommend placing these books on your science wish list.
This book was recommended to me by my colleagues and my students. Native Americans have wonderful stories about how things came to be on the Earth. I read many of their stories to my astronomy students so that they see how important stars are in the history of man. I think it is valuable for children to see perspectives of different cultures in the area of science. The book is beautifully illustrated with science activities at the end of each story.
Wow! I liked this book. It was the first time I had seen someone try to teach the periodic table to elementary kids using flaps. This is a stocky book with cardboard flaps covering many entries in the book. Children turn the flaps to reveal what is underneath. The kinesthetics appeal to me a lot as I know there are many students who need this physical touch to learn by. More importantly the science content provide by the authors is quite unique and inclusive. I have not seen so much information in so few pages and all done with such perfection. Students will learn science from the beginning of time all through to the future. They will learn about atomic models, astrophysics, biology, and chemistry in an enjoyable and well illustrated book. I love this book.
I am a particular fan of rocks, so I had to add this very well done book, it was recommended to me by a fantastic elementary teacher. I think rocks are so ordinary to students that they will be stunned to learn about the differences. Natalie Rosinsky does an excellent job in defining rock types to students and even includes the famous Mohs Hardness Scale that is taught in geology classes. It certainly will be the catalyst for your children starting a rock collection.
I had to include a book about the oceans. Amazingly, this is probably the most neglected area in education but the most important to life on earth. We have to get students learning about oceans now; it is critical to our global climate and our very way of life. The DK Eyewitness series of books are an excellent pictorial encyclopedia series. I think a book shelf at home should be adorned with some sort of encyclopedia and this is the perfect one for kids. I especially like the ocean book for its up-to-date information and easy reading.
I have a large poster in my physics room all about dinosaurs. Why? Because there is a timeless fascination about these creatures! So no book list should be without an entry about dinosaurs. This book is great in that it goes about how we come to scientific fact and how we develop scientific theories. It was recommended to me by a favorite student. New dinosaur bones are constantly being un-earthed, even in Antarctica, where they once roamed several hundred million years ago. This is a fun book for young kids.
I have several books about Leonardo da Vinci on my bookshelf at home. While famous for his artwork, he is equally famous for his sketches of inventions. I encourage my students to keep notebooks of their own inventions and engineering designs. There are many students who have a mind like da Vinci and only need to be encouraged. I feel this book does that by providing instructions on how to build these inventions yourself out of glue and paper. The book contains historical accounts and is a good book for parents to read to their children and work with them on the projects.
Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smooth and Rough is a great book to prep for summer camp!
I bought Grossology for three little boys - all who loved it!
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