Fun book to incorporate into a cooking or measuring program. I'd never thought about how hard cooking would be if someone didn't start to write down rFun book to incorporate into a cooking or measuring program. I'd never thought about how hard cooking would be if someone didn't start to write down recipes using standard measurements! I also learned a lot of good tips about how to tell if an egg is good, etc.

--grades 1-5 --Before Fannie Farmer, there weren’t recipes with precise measurements. Results were unreliable, especially with baking. Fannie believed baking wasn’t magic—it was science. --Book begins with cooking tips—how to tell if an egg is still good and when to flip a pancake. --students could create their own “recipes” with different types of cereal/dry ingredients for trail mix and see if a friend can duplicate their results. ...more

A nano probe is launced into your body and shows you close up what a bee sting looks like, what happens when you sneeze-- and the down and dirty of otA nano probe is launced into your body and shows you close up what a bee sting looks like, what happens when you sneeze-- and the down and dirty of other body functions. Kids will LOVE LOVE LOVE this book....more

Rhyming text follows a baseball game that ends abruptly when the ball becomes lodged in the tree. Funny story.

--grades K-2 --Alborough’s duck books canRhyming text follows a baseball game that ends abruptly when the ball becomes lodged in the tree. Funny story.

--grades K-2 --Alborough’s duck books can serve as simple physics lessons. --For each action is an equal and opposite reaction (the baseball being hit by the bat) --when the ball gets stuck in a tree—talk about kinetic and potential energy. --why do things fall? Gravity. --many hidden science lessons in this short picture book. ...more

This beautifully illustrated book could be used for math assignments dealing with fractions and multiplication AND/OR for a great book about sharing aThis beautifully illustrated book could be used for math assignments dealing with fractions and multiplication AND/OR for a great book about sharing and fairness.

A similar video/idea was used for a sermon on tithing at my church. I like this idea for kids....more

What a great way to explain how snow is made! Presented as a "recipe"-- the book explains how different conditions create different results. FUN!

--graWhat a great way to explain how snow is made! Presented as a "recipe"-- the book explains how different conditions create different results. FUN!

--grades K-4 --Told in the form of a cooking show, what ingredients are needed to make snow? --Once you have the ingredients, what conditions do you need to “bake” it? --love the page that shows the different kinds of crystals that appear at different temperatures ...more

Great book for children beginning to get interested in star-gazing. Short facts about different constellations. Practice finding them, turn off the liGreat book for children beginning to get interested in star-gazing. Short facts about different constellations. Practice finding them, turn off the lights and see if you're right!...more

Timely book for the earthquake in Haiti. An American boy gets his class together to help his pen pal in Chile after an earthquake.

--grades 2-4 --Max, aTimely book for the earthquake in Haiti. An American boy gets his class together to help his pen pal in Chile after an earthquake.

--grades 2-4 --Max, a child from Chile, becomes pen pals with a child from the United States hoping to learn more about the world --He and Maggie write about what their families and schools are like and what kinds of hobbies they enjoy. --One day an earthquake shakes Max’s village. Some homes are damaged, but his home could still be lived in. --A while later boxes arrive at Max’s school. Maggie’s school sent care packages full of clothes, books, and school supplies! --good for pen pal assignment or a service project ...more

Perfect book for a unit on animal migration and preparation for winter. I've always wondered what happens to insects in the winter-- and now I know! GPerfect book for a unit on animal migration and preparation for winter. I've always wondered what happens to insects in the winter-- and now I know! Grades K-4....more

This is a really fun collection that would integrate well with a science/history lesson. Poems are entertaining and teach about coprolite (dinosaur poThis is a really fun collection that would integrate well with a science/history lesson. Poems are entertaining and teach about coprolite (dinosaur poo), neanderthals, and prehistoric peoples and creatures. Grades 2-5...more

--grades 3-5 --Thea decides to do a science project about growing a plant. --She observes and measures her findings and writes to experts to see if they--grades 3-5 --Thea decides to do a science project about growing a plant. --She observes and measures her findings and writes to experts to see if they know what kind of plant it is. --The experts speculate, but refer her to other experts when they are stumped. --The ground bubbles when the seed is placed in the soil. It grows ten feet around in 9 days. In less than 2 weeks the vine is so tall it surpasses the height of the house and Thea needs binoculars to see the top. A nest appears and a golden egg drops to the ground. Then some coins. Then a harp. Are you able to predict what is going on? --A great way to link science with folklore and predictions/hypotheses. Fun!! ...more

--great for kids that love math Grades 4-8 --first origins of math—egyptians, mayans, india, etc. --math puzzles like magic squares, how to estimate jar ---great for kids that love math Grades 4-8 --first origins of math—egyptians, mayans, india, etc. --math puzzles like magic squares, how to estimate jar --playing with shapes—optical illusions and fractals --includes puzzles and activities with answers in back ...more

Grades 2-4 Rumplestiltskin is back to claim the princesses’ son—only this time he has a puzzle that confounds everyone. --magic stick that he points --noGrades 2-4 Rumplestiltskin is back to claim the princesses’ son—only this time he has a puzzle that confounds everyone. --magic stick that he points --noses times six (king gets 6 noses) --stones times 1/3 (stones disappear) --boy grabs the stick and uses multiplication to save the day. --Great intro for multiplying whole numbers and fractions. --Students could use their own magic sticks in the classroom as an extension ...more

Grades K-2 --Miss Emma’s cattle escape into cowboy kirby’s field and they can’t tell them apart. --decide to divide the herd in half, ten on each side. -Grades K-2 --Miss Emma’s cattle escape into cowboy kirby’s field and they can’t tell them apart. --decide to divide the herd in half, ten on each side. --Miss Emma’s cows keep escaping, little by little, and each time Kirby has too many cows, he gives half to Emma. --Students will see the error of his ways as his herd dwindles and he has an odd number of cows in his pasture. What to do??? (surprise ending that does NOT involve remainders!) ...more

Grades k-3 --three children make wishes on wishing star (a cookie, a dollar and a bag of marbles)

--each of them wake to find a fraction of their wish (Grades k-3 --three children make wishes on wishing star (a cookie, a dollar and a bag of marbles)

--each of them wake to find a fraction of their wish (half a cookie, a quarter, and 10 marbles)

--they learn that that the 2 year-old is getting ½ his wish The 4 year-old is getting ¼ his wish The 8 year-old is getting 1/8 her wish

--The children decide to combine their wishes to get one whole wish. A pig. And that would be gross to get only part of!

They practice fractions using measuring cups before committing. ...more

Grades 2-6 --young Pythagoras watches as ancient Greek architects try to figure out how tall their ladder needs to be to reach the top of the temple thGrades 2-6 --young Pythagoras watches as ancient Greek architects try to figure out how tall their ladder needs to be to reach the top of the temple they are building. --his father is a trader that wishes there were a faster route to take him to his destination, but there is no way to know how far they would need to sail and they could get lost. --watches a builder in Rhodes who uses a right triangle to figure out the proper ratio for cutting stone. --learns the formula can help the architects build a ladder the right size and help his father with a quicker trade route. --interesting to see how Pythagoras could use materials in his time to discover these principals. Great way to tie history and math together. ...more

--grades 2-8 --bigness is sometime hard to comprehend when you have no reference for comparison. --author takes things students know the size of and com--grades 2-8 --bigness is sometime hard to comprehend when you have no reference for comparison. --author takes things students know the size of and compares them with objects they may not know. --Great Pyramid of Giza is 8 train-cars tall --Polar Bear on a basketball court -- Steve Jenkins also has some great books for comparing speeds, size, and weight with common objects. ...more

--grades 2-5 --When Ethan wakes up there is a cat “Odds” stuck to his head --won’t get off until he can beat the odds --pull out a dime from a coin jar ----grades 2-5 --When Ethan wakes up there is a cat “Odds” stuck to his head --won’t get off until he can beat the odds --pull out a dime from a coin jar --pull out a matching sock from the sock drawer --choosing a matching marble --finding a matching animal cracker --uses odds to predict his chances of making a soccer goal using certain shots. --can use the examples in the story to learn about probability. ...more

--grades K-3 --grandma has a clock that doesn’t work --other ways of telling time How long until bathwater goes cold? How long to read a page in a book?--grades K-3 --grandma has a clock that doesn’t work --other ways of telling time How long until bathwater goes cold? How long to read a page in a book? Can observe shadows Special events unique to day of week Seasonal events like cocoons hatching ...more

Grades 2-6 --Set ancient china, Chuan and Jing Jing need to make sure their war lord makes it to the emperor’s gates before all the others --long journeGrades 2-6 --Set ancient china, Chuan and Jing Jing need to make sure their war lord makes it to the emperor’s gates before all the others --long journey, sleep overnight. No alarm clock to wake them before the sun. --discover that water drips from their drinking bag and takes about 12 hours to empty --discuss sundials and an incense clock used at the time --create their own clock to fill a bowl placed over their head so that it will drip at approx. the time they need and wake them up! --notes in the back explain how to make a water clock. --discuss types of clocks—sand timers, etc. ...more

--grades K-3 --an ocean community evacuates when the volcano on their island begins to smoke and shake. --the volcano erupts, and the beauty and diversi--grades K-3 --an ocean community evacuates when the volcano on their island begins to smoke and shake. --the volcano erupts, and the beauty and diversity is ruined. --people feel the effects of the eruption—large waves, dark skies --slowly the island recovers as seeds wash ashore and animals follow after. --use book to discuss different types of volcanoes, particulary shield volcanoes and the islands that are “born” along the faults in the pacific. ...more

--grades 4-6 --Beaufort scale began as journal entries of a British Naval captain. After observing for five years, he developed a scale based on qualit--grades 4-6 --Beaufort scale began as journal entries of a British Naval captain. After observing for five years, he developed a scale based on qualitative conditions. This scale was eventually adopted by the Royal Navy. --different from the Saffir-Simpson scale, which uses actual quantitative wind speeds. --Great way to link History with Science and how methods change with the introduction of new technologies. ...more

Grades 4-6. Nonfiction Chapter Book. When math is dropped from the curriculum, a self-described Mathnik has to prove that math is used EVERYWHERE. ThiGrades 4-6. Nonfiction Chapter Book. When math is dropped from the curriculum, a self-described Mathnik has to prove that math is used EVERYWHERE. This book covers the usefulness of math in everything from making predictions to architecture, to sports, statistics, games, art, dance, music, biology, weather—you name it, there’s math involved!...more

Grades K-1. Nonfiction Picture Book. Characters observe and report their findings using different kinds of graphs. Students could create their own surGrades K-1. Nonfiction Picture Book. Characters observe and report their findings using different kinds of graphs. Students could create their own surveys. Rope could be used to make giant ven diagrams (Ex: boys, wearing blue, boys wearing blue.)...more