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Giant Squid Invades STEM Friday


Today Growing with Science is hosting STEM Friday, the meme that highlights recently released Science, Technology, Engineering and Math books for children (as well as older favorites). The STEM Friday book meme has been ongoing, but now you can find it in one place each week – right here.

In honor of poetry month and STEM Haiku:

Search for sea monster
Giant squid swimming so deep
Tentacle comes up

Our featured book, Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster (Smithsonian) by Mary M Cerullo and Clyde F.E. Roper, is about fascinating creatures that live far down in the ocean, so far that we didn’t even know for sure they existed until recently.

Dr. Clyde Roper is a zoologist at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History who has devoted his life to finding out more about the elusive giant squid. Given that only one person has ever recorded images of a live giant squid (by sending a camera deep into the ocean), how do scientists study something that they can’t see? Dr. Roper looks for rare specimens that wash up on shore and also looks at sperm whales. Why sperm whales? He studies sperm whales because they dive to the depths of the ocean and eat giant squid. In fact, it was the sucker-shaped scars left on the skin of the sperm whales by giant squid tentacles that helped scientists figure out how big they were.

Visit Growing with Science for a full review of the book, a video of Dr. Roper, and links to hands-on activities to accompany Giant Squid.

Poison Dart Frogs
By Lisa Owings
At NC Teacher Stuff

Environmental Disasters
By Shirley Duke
At Simply Science

Explore Simple Machines! With 25 Great Projects
By Anita Yasuda
At Booktalking

Waiting for Ice
By Sandra Markle; illustrated by Alan Marks
At Archimedes Notebook

Eye to Eye with Animals: Reptiles
By Tom Greve
At Rourke

For the Birds:  The Life of Roger Tory Peterson
By Peggy Thomas Illustrated by Laura Jacques.
At tamarack writes

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My debut picture book, HOW TO BUILD AN INSECT came out April 6, 2021. Trained as a scientist, I blog about science and nature at Growing With Science and about children's books at Wrapped in Foil.

12 thoughts on “Giant Squid Invades STEM Friday

  1. I love the squid haiku! Thanks for sharing your poetry and review of the Giant Squid book. Over at Archimedes Notebook I’ve posted a short review of “Waiting for Ice” and interview with author Sandra Markle

  2. Thanks, Roberta! I wasn’t sure if I should add my book today. We had a great trip but it’s good to be back. I’ll have a new post next week!

  3. Love the squid poetry! Thank you!

    Rourke Educational Media looks at Reptiles this week!

    • Precious,

      We have a lot of interesting reptiles in Arizona. (A friend of mine just saw a gila monster last week). I’ll have to look this up.

  4. Hello, early birds. I feel a bit like the hostess whose guests arrived while she was still tidying up. 🙂

    There were a few glitches in the process, but I think we’re good now. I’ll be sweeping up the crumbs in the back throughout the day, so stop back if you get a chance.

  5. Don’t worry, Roberta. You have your post up earlier this week than I did last week! The squid book looks very interesting. Thank you for posting my link!

    • Jeff,

      It doesn’t help that there’s a three hour time difference now. Your 8:00 a.m. is my 5:00 a.m. 🙂

  6. Hi there- Loving that haiku.
    New to the Science bloggy game you’ve got going on.
    I wrote about For the Birds today over at my blog Tamarack Writes- which is old news to you all, but I adore that book:)