STEM Friday

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books


About Marine Mammals

Swim on over to Growing with Science blog where we are highlighting the newest edition to the About… series by Cathryn Sill and John Sill:  About Marine Mammals: A Guide for Children.

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The Sills are a talented couple who have been collaborating on books in the award-winning About… series and the About Habitats series. If you have seen their work before, you know what to expect. John Sill’s gorgeous watercolor illustrations catch the readers’ eyes. Then they turn to Cathryn Sill’s clear, uncomplicated language. In remarkably few words she explains the scene and draws readers into it.

The “Afterward” in the back matter contains more detailed information about each of the previous scenes with a paragraph about each next to thumbnails of the illustrations. For example, did you know polar bears can be considered to be marine mammals? They swim between blocks of floating ice looking for other marine mammals such as seals.

Planning a trip to the beach? About Marine Mammals would be a perfect book to get children inspired about ocean creatures before the trip, learn more about what they see during the trip, and reinforce memories and learning after the trip. Not traveling? It would also be a wonderful way to take a trip to distant, cool places in your imagination.

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Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo

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Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo
by Helaine Becker (Author) and Kathy Boake (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Feeding time is one of the most popular events at zoos. It also prompts a smorgasbord of questions: what do different animals eat? How much food do they need to stay healthy? Where do zookeepers get all that chow? And what constitutes a special treat?

Worms for Breakfast answers all these questions and more in a cookbook-style primer packed with facts from experts at zoos and aquariums. Covering everything from regular animal nutrition to feeding babies to mimicking how animals hunt and eat in the wild, this book explores the eating habits of carnivores, omnivores, herbivores, and insectivores. Inside, you’ll also find real-life recipes from zoos around the world for meals like eucalyptus-leaf pesto, kelp tank goulash, and mealworm mush. Beware! You probably don’t want to eat any of it yourself.

Snippet:
PREDATOR POPSICLE

YOU WILL NEED
1 large animal bone (deer or cow)
5 gal. (20L) bucket of water

1. Place bone in water and store in freezer until water is frozen solid.

2. Remove ice (with bone) from bucket. It is now a predator popsicle!

3. Float popsicle in the tiger’s enclosure pond, like an iceberg. Watch tigers study, fetch, lick, gnaw, and play with their frosty treat all day long.

It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Copyright © 2016 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.


What’s That Smell?

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What’s That Smell? A Kids’ Guide to Keeping Clean
by Rachelle Kreisman (Author) and Tim Haggerty (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Dogs do it. Birds do it. Even stinky skunks do it! Keeping your body clean is one of the most important ways we all get along. Learn why it’s important to your health, and the health of others, to stay clean and cut down on the stink!

Snippet:
Dust Mites!
These tiny bugs live in dust. They are picky eaters. What do they eat? Your dead skin! As your skin flakes off, dust mites are ready to eat. They leave waste droppings behind as they eat. The droppings are dust mite poop. It gets into the air and can make people with allergies sick. Achoo!

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Copyright © 2016 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.


Milestones of Flight

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Milestones of Flight: From Hot-Air Balloons to SpaceShipOne
by Tim Grove (Author)

Booktalk: Profusely illustrated with objects from the Smithsonian’s collection, Milestones of Flight takes readers through the high points of American aviation: from the Wright brothers and their competitors to the military pilots who first circumnavigated the globe, from the initial space rocket to the moon walk, from the earliest manmade satellite to today’s spy drones. The book also describes what inventions—such as rocket propulsion, the wind tunnel, and the silicon chip—helped move flight upward and beyond.

Snippet: On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon. He uttered the immortal words: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” An estimated 500 million people around the world watched him on television.

BONUS! See the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum exhibits online.

It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Copyright © 2016 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.


Air Show

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You can read my picture book Air Show FREE online in the Summer PopUp Library that opens today, Friday, July 1. (It’s free reading for kids in July.)

Booktalk: Cougars, Panthers, Camels, and Mosquitos. What do these animals have in common? Their names identify the historic airplanes that take flight at this spectacular air show event.

Snippet:
White clouds, blue sky–
Up above . . .

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Eagles fly . . .

McDONNELL DOUGLAS F-15 EAGLE (1972)

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Living Fossils

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by Caroline Arnold; illus. by Andrew Plant

32 pages; ages 8-11

Charlesbridge, 2016

When I was a kid, my favorite book was my dad’s geology text. I spent hours and hours leafing through the pages, studying drawings of fossils and dinosaurs, losing myself in the geological time scale, sounding out “Carboniferous” and “Silurian”.

Mostly, when we think of fossils, it’s dinosaurs and trilobites. Something preserved in rock. Extinct.

But what if some of those ancient creatures still lived among us? Would we recognize them?

In this book, Caroline Arnold shows us six amazing creatures that resemble their long-gone, ancient relatives. She shows us where they live, how they survived extinction, and what their future holds. One of these “living fossils” is the horseshoe crab. One hundred fifty million years ago, horseshoe crabs had hard shells and long tails. They crawled up on sandy beaches to search for worms and shellfish to eat.

Not much has changed in the intervening millennia… if you visit the east coast on a warm summer night when the moon is full, you’ll probably see hundreds of horseshoe crabs pull themselves onto the beach. They’re digging nests and laying eggs, just as they did millions of years ago.

You don’t need to drive to the beach to find a living fossil; just head outside to a wetland or meadow and look for dragonflies. These keen mosquito-devouring aerial hunters are the great-great-great-/…/ great-grandchildren of dragonflies that lived 280 million years ago. Over time things changed, like size. Back then, dragonflies were a lot bigger – about the size of a crow!

Links and more at Archimedes Notebook

 

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Minecraft: Mining and Farming

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Minecraft: Mining and Farming
by James Zeiger (Author)

Booktalk: Learn all about the many resources found in the world of Minecraft, from how they are gathered to what they are used for.

Snippet: In the world on Minecraft, you can accomplish great things as a player. You can venture deep into unknown forests, and across oceans and islands. You might build towering castles and raise vast farms. You may even find yourself defending your home against dangerous creatures. With possibilities so open to the imagination, it can be a challenge to decide where to start.

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