There are books we can use in the classroom that are science fiction but still allow us to teach facts about it. For example the book The House of the Scorpion is a fiction book but talks about drugs and DNA and where DNA comes from. It is about a boy who is harvested from El Patron and how El Patron is the only thing to love the boy.
Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium–a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt’s first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster–except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself.
As a teacher I would use this book to introduce DNA to my class and while it is fiction it should spark interest in how DNA is created and where it comes from. I would use this book to open the lesson and read it during language arts but still connect it to science. This is a good book to read in class because it would spark interest in science and how we should learn about science while giving the students a chance to learn in a different method than they are used to.
This book is great for parents to read with their children and learn together. The book is using STEAM ideas to teach children and get them interested in the new technology. When you click the book cover it will bring you to an amazon site where you can preview the book as well as buy it, and read the great reviews posted about it. This book would be used at home for most school age children because they can interact with it and the games provided while learning valuable skills for their lifetime. One review mentioned that the adults enjoyed the activities as much as the students did.
“I want to do these activities myself, even as an adult. There is so much to learn with a STEAM approach. This book is packed with so much to learn while having fun. Kids can challenge themselves, although it can also be a fun family activity. Books like this are great, especially when used instead of tv or electronics time. It’s a great book to enhance what a child learns in school or for parents who are home schooling to use to enhance the curriculum in use. There are crossword puzzles, matching puzzles, find a word, mazes, and much more. So many skills can be developed or increased with the thought provoking and problem solving activities. The information about different types of scientists help to broaden a child’s knowledge and maybe even help them decide on a future career path. I like the Q & A’s and think they make for good family conversations, even at the dinner table. Points are available for completing each activity. The points increase and when there is a final total a level of whiz kid is identified. What kid wouldn’t want to say they’re a brainiac or genius?”
This is just one of the reviews for the book, children will learn to solve puzzles as well as learning real world skills that will help them. This book is for the parents to also bond with their young students. The book is filled with puzzles and games to complete to test their young mind while also providing an answer key at the end to correct students and show parents the correct way to solve the puzzle.
Below also is another website with the top science books of 2019 for teachers and parents to use with their children. These books are mostly nonfiction where the student is reading and learning at the same time. This website is a great resource for parents and teachers to find good educational books to share with their children. The other part of the website gives some background on who rates the books and why they started rating books and publishing the list from the government.
This book is a good resource for teachers to use to get fun science project ideas that will help enhance their students learning. Teachers of all ages can find activities to do with students that are fun while being outside and learning about nature.
Teachers can also use this book to send activities and projects home for students to complete with parents or by themselves. This book is a good resource for teachers to use to get their students out of the classroom and into the outdoors to learn about nature. The book uses a hand on approach to completing the activities where students are encouraged to get dirty and be outside.
The activities allow everyone that wants to be involved to be, while also providing activities that teachers could use in their classroom to extend student knowledge. One parent who homeschools their children bought the book and has good things to say about it,
We homeschool our kids, and we are big fans of keeping nature journals and such. I was looking for something to go along with our nature journals that would provide a bit more structure. This book is exactly what I was looking for. I love anything that gets their minds going, particularly in regards to being outside and not looking at a screen. I cannot say enough good things about this book. So many of the activities are very simple and require little to no materials and very minimal preparation. Yet they are brilliant, leaving me going, “Why didn’t I think to do that.”. I love how the actives leave them exploring and their wheels turning even weeks after we’ve done it as we play outside.
National geographic wrote a book call “The Science Book: Everything You Need to know about the world.” This book has six different sections, one for each category with different information and pictures of animals and plants. This book provides overview information as well as more specific about certain topics. The colorful illustrations are there to keep young children immersed in reading and learning about the world around them. This is a nonfiction book where children are going to be reading accurate facts to remember the rest of their life.
This book is good for older children to read on their own, but also for any age if the teacher uses the information and reads the book to the students while they look at the pictures. This is a good book with the most up to date information available to the public. It was printed in 2011 by National Geographic. The book with over 200 reviews fairs a 4.7 stars out of 5 on amazon. The book was also able to include 3-D graphics and other fun pictures to engage students in learning.
One customer posted a review in 2015 saying, “This tome of 400+ pages covers all aspects of science and the topics are laid out systematically. Some topics are more difficult than others if you aren’t already informed on them, and for these topics it would have been more helpful to have a glossary to help better understand terms and concepts. Then again, I’m sure the publisher and authors had limited space and did not intend to go in depth on every topic; thus only so much information could be crammed onto one page. It is a handy reference to have. If you find a topic of interest in the book, like microbiology for example, then you will get a basic understanding from this book, but you will need to find another book to better explore that particular topic in depth.”
This book Science Through Children’s Literature: An Integrated Approach 2nd edition is a good resource for teachers to use in developing lessons for elementary school children through Language Arts. This book included activities and lessons for teachers to use and change according to their classroom to help the children learn. This book is broken down into topics and chapters based on the information cover in them. Each chapter includes a lesson plan, activity, and children’s books that can used in connection with the lesson.
Below is a few pages from the book with questions on critiquing children’s literature for science and some good examples of literature to use in the classroom.
The reviews for this book are good, because it helps the teacher in planning and executing lesson plans. One person wrote a positive review fort he book being that it is best used in early elementary school.
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2008Format: PaperbackI love this book. Examples of chapters are Airplanes, Measurement, Energy and Motion, Force and Movement, Volcanoes, Trees, Reptiles… and more. Each subject has a storybook suggested to read and then there are tons of hands on activities offered to go along with the storybook. This book is along the same lines as Five in a Row. Terrific for lower elementary children.