STEM Friday

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books


My Wonderful World of Animals: A Doodle Art Book

My Wonderful World of Animals: A Doodle Art Book
by Victor Escandell (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: This unique doodle book combines coloring, connect-the-dots, and drawing activities with science and math to keep young children entertained for hours. (Be sure to check out the “Animalpedia” facts in the back of the book!)

Snippet:
It’s night time and Bernie the mole is hungry. Which tunnel should he follow to get to his dinner as fast as possible? (maze page)

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Shaping Up Summer (Math in Nature)

Shaping Up Summer (Math in Nature)
by Lizann Flatt (Author) and Ashley Barron (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Nature comes to life to help children grasp the concepts of geometry, symmetry, and spatial sense. It’s mathematical problem solving combined with poetry!

Snippet:
But the Sun is so far
from where we all are
that we see it as a circle.
(Did you know it’s a star?)

Two in One!

This week’s Poetry Friday Round-up is hosted by A Year of Reading.

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Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

 
Why Do Americans Stink at Math? is a terrific piece penned by Elizabeth Green. Here’s a great summary of the article from a Facebook friend of mine:
 
Phenomenal article. Japanese math skills moving ahead of our own, due in large part to teaching methods developed in America, but which we have failed to implement. Allowing teachers to observe one another, open discussion of teaching techniques. Bringing parents up to speed along with students. Teaching the “why” instead of just how to get the answer. A great read!
 
Elizabeth Green has a book, Building a Better Teacher, that will be published on August 4th. The article is an excerpt from the book. 


A Trip Into Space

A Trip Into Space

written by Lori Haskins Houran; illustrated by Francisca Marquez

2014 (Albert Whitman)

Source: Orange County Library

Many preschool and kindergarten classes have units about careers. Ever thought of featuring astronauts as a career? A Trip Into Space will teach you all about the life of an astronaut working at the International Space Station. It starts with taking a trip from Earth into space. According to the facts in the back matter, these ships travel as fast as 17,500 miles per hour. It takes less time to travel to the space station than to fly on an airplane from New York to California. When you arrive at the space station, boxes have to be unloaded with new supplies for the crew. Fresh fruits and veggies are especially prized as most food on the space station is freeze dried. Accounting for the lack of gravity is a big deal in this floating lab. Astronauts drink out of pouches and have Velcro to hold down their forks while they are eating. My favorite piece of information and accompanying illustration in this book is that astronauts zip themselves in sleeping bags so they won’t float away during sleep. It’s also important to be clipped while you are working outside making repairs on the station. Working two hundred miles high is definitely a trip!

 

With engaging pictures and an easy narrative to follow, young readers will enjoy their trip into space. I’ve said this plenty of times before, but I’ll say it again: We underestimate how hard it is to write good nonfiction for very young readers that can be read over and over again. A Trip Into Space is the rare nonfiction work that would make a great bedtime story. What better way to send yourself off into dreams? 


The Technology of Baseball

The Technology of Baseball (High-Tech Sports)
by Thomas K. Adamson (Author),

Booktalk: Take me out to the ballgame or just watch the game from your phone! From motion capture technology to software such as GameChanger and PitchTrax, the tech world has become a regular part of Americas national pastime.

Snippet: Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants pitches with motion capture sensors attached to his body. The sensors provide data that will help Lincecum’s delivery look more realistic than a video game.

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Fractions In Disguise

Fractions In Disguise

written by Edward Einhorn; illustrated by David Clark

2014 (Charlesbridge)

Source: Mebane Public Library

George Cornelius Factor lives for fractions. He collects them and places them on shelves in his home. So it’s no surprise that when a 5/9 is available through an auction, George is there to bid. Others want this prize fraction as well, so the bidding is fast and furious. George makes the initial bid and is topped by Madame Geometrique and Baron von Mathematik. As the bidding reaches a peak, the room is thrown into darkness. When the lights come back on, the valued 5/9 is gone and so is the mysterious Dr. Brok, who has a shady past. George suspects the bad doctor and immediately starts thinking of a plan. Using parts of a ray gun, a calculator, paper clips, a whisk, and spare computer parts, he develops a Reducer. When pointed at a fraction, it reduces it to its lowest terms. George tries it out on a 10/15. He is able to reduce it to a 2/3. Now it is time to implement the second part of the plan. He goes to the mansion of Dr. Brok. Will he find the precious 5/9? I’ve given you 1/2 the plot so you can find out what happens in the other 4/8.

 

Fractions In Disguise is 6/6 a clever tale. Students will have fun trying to reduce fractions as they read the book. It’s a great way to introduce reducing fractions, which starts in the fourth grade math curriculum. Adding this math mystery to your math read aloud collection will be one whole good idea!

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