Category Archive: Science

Literary Nonfiction for Common Core

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There has been a lot of conversation, discussion, debate, and yes, even some arguments over the Common Core’s stress on nonfiction.  Though I appreciate literature and love fiction, I personally am glad of… Continue reading

Genius and Madness

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There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. –Aristotle I find geniuses and their lives fascinating, and I think Aristotle has identified why that is for me.  It seems that the… Continue reading

What Would It Be like To Be An Animal?

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Have you ever imagined what it would be like to fly as a bird? Or swim in the oceans as a dolphin? I would be surprised if you haven’t, as each person likes… Continue reading

Scientists Who Spoke Too Soon

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Science has always been a fascinating subject for me.  When I was in seventh grade, we had to do a report during our human anatomy unit, and there were two topics that I… Continue reading

Studying the Scientists Who Are Studying the Animals

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The science standards of many states include the study of the nature of science and of the work of scientists.  I especially like these standards, because when I was growing up, we pretty much… Continue reading

Review : Fourth Down and Inches : Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment

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Fourth Down and Inches : Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment by Carla Killough McClafferty. 9781467710671. 2013. Gr 7-12. Concussions have been in the news a lot lately—especially in relation to sports.  I enjoy… Continue reading

Not Your Parents’ Math and Science Books!

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When I was in school, I always did well in science and math—and I even liked science.  I pretty much liked school in general.  However, the textbooks that we used didn’t really do… Continue reading

Book Review: Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab

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Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder.  November 2013. 9781594746482. Gr. 4-7. There are a lot of middle-grade mystery and adventure books out there.  The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew/Scooby Doo sort of… Continue reading

Mapping with Books

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I recently found myself logging on–somewhat obsessively–to Google Maps as I was reading Enrique’s Journey, a book I talked about here. As Enrique was crossing the Rio Grande to get to Laredo, Texas,… Continue reading

Journey of a Lifetime

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Earlier this week I read a news story about the dangers people from Central America face as they attempt to journey to the United States, traveling part of the distance through Mexico atop… Continue reading