STEM Friday

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books


Score With Sports Math

Score with Sports Math series

by Stewart A.P. Murray

Grades 3–4

Enslow Publishers, Inc. 2013

Wondering how you can score big with math students? First and foremost it’s important to find your reader’s interest. Do they love to play soccer? Maybe they like to watch football? Who is their favorite baseball team? Maybe they participate in track and field events at school. What about basketball? Have they ever been to the racetrack? What they might not realize is that lots of math is used in sports!


How many points is a field goal? Even batting averages involve fractions and decimals. Enslow’s new series, Score with Sports Math, gets students warmed up and ready to tackle sports word problems which include addition, multiplication, division, subtraction, fractions, and decimals.

Each book begins with an introduction to the sport with some history and stats.


Subsequent chapters are filled with word problems that include illustrations to keep these problem solvers interested. Each word problem is preceded by informational text that the reader will need to comprehend and analyze in order to solve the word problem that follows.

Sports Math Spread 20-21

As far as Common Core State Standards, this is a home run! These books not only present informational text in a fun and unique way, word problems promote reading comprehension and critical thinking while additional text combines history and sports biographies with math. Score ! Everyone wins!

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STEM Friday with Annie Biotica

The Case of the Sneezing Popcorn: Annie Biotica Solves Respiratory System Disease Crimes

By Michelle Faulk, PhD
48 pages, ages 10 and up
Enslow Publishers, Inc. 2013

ISBN 978-0-7660-3946-9 Available in library binding, paperback, and eBook versions

 The Case of the Sneezy Popcorn: Annie Biotica Solves Respiratory System Disease Crimes is all about readers experiencing the scientific method that medical teams and scientists use to decipher symptoms and lab test results. That’s why we chose to feature this title for STEM Friday this week.

What do you get when you combine evil microbes trying to harm the respiratory system and a super detective skilled at body system disease investigations? Enter crime-solving super sleuth, Agent Annie Biotica!

A brief description of the respiratory system, supported by a labeled diagram, is followed by five individual cases regarding strep throat, hantavirus, whooping cough, pneumonia, and cold and flu. Readers follow Agent Annie Biotica as she uses logic and the scientific method to solve each case. She searches for clues, identifies microbe suspects, gathers evidence, makes a verdict, and finally she treats the patient accordingly.

An added feature is that there are three more cases at the end of the book that readers can try to solve on their own using the methods featured in the previous chapters.

The Case of the Sneezy Popcorn is just one of the six books in our “Body System Disease Investigations” series written by Michelle Faulk, PhD.  Each book in this series covers life science, body systems, and health in a unique way while supporting the science curriculum. Graphic-style illustrations and character, Annie Biotica, make this series fun and engaging while presenting content that students will find relevant to their own lives.

The Crime: Not having enough engaging STEM books to share with students.

Clues: Some children appear bored. Others are sleeping at their desks.

Suspects: Old, boring science lessons.

Evidence: Doodling on science notebook covers. Loud snoring.

Verdict: Students need fun and engaging STEM books.

Treatment: Body System Disease Investigation books!

Case closed!

About the author: Michelle Faulk has a PhD in virology and microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She has worked as a medical researcher, teacher, and editor, and is currently an author.


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