Light Strikes! shows light interactions in real-life situations. The reader is invited to look at ordinary scenes and observe how light is interacting with materials, sometimes in unexpected ways. The book reinforces concepts about reflection, absorption, and transmission. It helps students make connections between the science they are learning and their everyday lives. http://www.scienceandliteracy.org/units/books
Shoreline Scientist is about the life and work of one scientist, Gary Griggs. Students first encountered Gary when they read Gary's Sand Journal earlier in the unit. Shoreline Scientist describes how Gary became interested in science, his education, and the questions and problems that Gary works on today. This book provides students with a view of the role scientists play in solving problems in the world. http://www.scienceandliteracy.org/units/ss#5
Exploring Planets and Moons describes the work of three people and the various ways they study planets and moons: Eugene Cernan, Jessica Collisson Samuels, and Gibor Basri. The book helps readers see that there are a variety of ways to explore the Solar System and beyond. http://www.scienceandliteracy.org/units/books
Secrets of the Stomach describes the work of three scientists who investigated how the stomach digests food. It outlines how each of them found evidence that added to the scientific community’s understanding of digestion. The reader learns that scientists base their explanations on evidence and that the best explanations are those that take into account all of the evidence. http://www.scienceandliteracy.org/units/books
Cameras, Eyes, and Glasses is about three important things that use lenses to refract light. It explains what lenses are and what they do, then describes the lenses in cameras, eyes, and eyeglasses. Photographs and ray diagrams help students understand how the lenses work. The book also includes suggestions for simple activities readers can do to observe refraction in action. http://www.scienceandliteracy.org/units/books
Handbook of Chemical Investigations is a reference book that students use to help plan, conduct, and understand their investigations. It includes sections on safety, materials, common and safe substances to investigate, evidence to observe, variables to change, and hints for choosing questions to investigate. Reference sections include information on atoms and molecules, chemical formulas, and a periodic table of elements.
What’s the Diagnosis? tells about a real doctor who specializes in pediatric medicine. The book presents two patients who each need a diagnosis. In the first scenario, Dr. Davenport makes a diagnosis of the cause of a boy’s sore throat. As Dr. Davenport gathers evidence for the diagnosis, readers learn the process involved in making a diagnosis. The readers use the evidence collected by Dr. Davenport to make their own diagnosis of the second patient…
What My Sister Taught Me About Magnets is a realistic, fictional account of a girl who loves to investigate magnets. She investigates the similarities and differences of different shapes, sizes, and strengths. Through a series of “speeches,” the girl explains to her older sister what she has learned. What My Sister Taught Me About Magnets models ways of investigating magnets, recording data, making explanations, and the use of comparative language.
Tabletop Pond Guide begins by describing how people can build model ponds so they may closely observe and study pond organisms and the relationships among these organisms. When scientists do this, they are trying to better understand behaviors and relationships in outdoor ponds. Directions for building a model pond and a description of several common pond organisms are provided. These organisms are recommended for use in model ponds because of their prevalence worldwide.