STEM Friday

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books


Orcas on the Hunt

Orcas on the Hunt
by Alicia Z. Klepeis (Author)

Booktalk: Orcas are some of the ocean’s fiercest animals. Find out more about these fascinating creatures, from how they efficiently catch their prey to how their ocean habitat supports them

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Just Like Us! Ants

At Growing with Science blog this week we reviewed a new picture book about ants, Just Like Us! Ants by Bridget Heos and illustrated by David Clark.

Although the cartoon illustrations may make it look like this isn’t a serious book, don’t be fooled. It covers all the facts and concepts you would expect in a nonfiction book in a way that will attract the most reluctant of readers. To make it even more enjoyable the author compares what ants can do to what humans do, putting ants in perspective.

Just Like Us! Ants is not simply a rehash of previous children’s books about ants, either. The author reveals recent scientific discoveries, such as how bigheaded ant larvae process food for the colony or how fire ants build rafts to float on water. That’s nice to see.

If you are looking for a fun and informative introduction to the world of ants, then Just Like Us! Ants is for you.

And check out Growing with Science for more information and suggestions for ant-themed hands-on activities for kids.

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Coder Academy

Coder Academy, by Steve McManus; illus. by Rosan Magar

64 pages; ages 7 & up. Kane Miller, 2017

This week is Computer Science Education Week, a perfect time to dive into some computer coding. Part activity book, part “training manual”, Coder Academy introduces young readers to the basics of computer code. You won’t be a programmer by the end of the book, but you will have a good idea of what kinds of jobs are available in computer technology. And you’ll get some hands-on practical coding experience.

I like how Steve McManus introduces the topic: Imagine an alien came to visit. If you wanted to tell it what to do, you’s have to learn its language first. It’s similar with computers.

The first section challenges kids (and any adults reading the book) to think like a coder. There’s a great activity on binary basics – learning it is as easy as 1, 10, 11 – and a quick introduction to different kinds of programming languages.

One way to use this book is to read through, doing paper-and-pencil (aka “offscreen”) activities. Another is to get started with Scratch – a programming language available free from MIT. Following along in the book (and with a laptop or computer of some sort) you explore animation, character design, music, and even dabble around with HTML and building a website. There are some punch-out-and-build robots on the end flaps and a game at the end.

For some hands-on coding activities, head over to Archimedes Notebook.

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Narwhal

Narwhal
by Solomon Awa (Author) and Hwei Lim (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Find out how narwhal raise their young in the cold Arctic ocean, what they eat, where they can be found, and more. (Did you know that a narwhal’s long tusk is actually a tooth!)

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Narwhals live in the Arctic all year. They do not travel to other oceans in the winter, like many other whales do.

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Night Creepers

Night Creepers
by Linda Stanek (Author) and‎ Shennen Bersani (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Short, lyrical text makes this a perfect naptime or bedtime story. Young readers are introduced to nocturnal animals and their behaviors. Older readers learn more about each animal through paired-reading sidebar information.

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Bedding down. Shhh . . .
Not a sound.

See the book trailer.

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Los granjeros

Los granjeros (Farmers / Spanish Edition)
by Quinn M. Arnold (Author)

Booktalk: A kindergarten-level introduction to farmers, covering their job description, the places where they work, and how they help the community by growing crops and raising livestock.

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Explore the Oceans with Marine Science For Kids

Today at Growing with Science Blog we are featuring Marine Science for Kids: Exploring and Protecting Our Watery World, Includes Cool Careers and 21 Activities by Bethanie and Josh Hestermann, with a foreword by Stephanie Arne.

This is one of the fantastic Chicago Review Press books that combine great information with fun hands-on activities to reinforce learning. Throw in beautiful color photographs of awesome animals and mini-biographies of marine science professionals, and you have a treasure trove for middle grade readers.

The book starts with a time line of some important historical events in the field of marine science, with references to discoveries made and boundaries pushed by the likes of Jacques Cousteau, Marie Tharp, and Sylvia Earle.

Then right off the bat, the reader learns what marine science is. Did you know marine scientists study not only saltwater creatures in oceans, but also those found in rivers and lakes?

Now the reader can hop to the chapter that covers their favorite habitat, such as the coast or deep ocean, or they can read from cover to cover. There’s so much to discover.

Activities from the book include:

  1. Building a water molecule
  2. Making an edible coral reef
  3. Exploring marine camouflage
  4. Constructing a water-propelled squid
  5. Testing methods for cleaning up an oil spill, etc.

With a glossary, resource list, and selected bibliography, this book is a useful reference for planning lessons beyond the book, as well.

Marine Science for Kids is a must have for budding marine scientists, but will also entrance young readers interested in animals or the environment. It is a fabulous reference for educators, too.

Don’t forget to check Growing with Science for more information and scores of related activities.

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