Teachers raved when NSTA Press published Picture-Perfect Science Lessons in 2005.* They loved its lively mix of kid- magnet books, Standards-based science content and ready-to- teach lessons. So what could be more perfect? More Picture- Perfect Science Lessons! This volume offers 15 new lessons that combine picture books and inquiry to develop students' interest in science and reading. The sequel follows the winning formula that made the first book an NSTA best seller. The lessons, following the 5E instructional model developed by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) cover a variety of science content- physical science, life science, and Earth and Space Science. They include reproducible student pages and assessments. They feature embedded reading-comprehension strategies. And they make students yearn to learn from such engaging fiction and nonfiction books as Diary of a Worm, Sunshine On My Shoulders, How Big is a Foot? and Leo Cockroach, Toy Tester. The authors know how important it is for time-starved teachers to integrate science and reading in a natural way and how students with reading troubles can use an extra nudge to get engaged in science texts. More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons is the perfect supplement to your science program-and the perfect way to help students develop a love of reading and learning about science. *Teachers weren't the only ones raving! Picture-Perfect won the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award for Teacher Resource Books from the Association of Educational Publishers.
How do magnets work? Why does my heart beat? What do worms eat? Parents and teachers field these and what may feel like hundreds of similar questions from kids in any given week. How might we best help children to learn and even to start investigating and finding their own answers? Now thanks to this helpful volume, adults can learn how to use picture books (Diary of a Worm, If You Find a Rock), fun crafts and simple experiments to guide scientific inquiry at an early age. This cross-curricular approach for grades kindergarten through fourth can enhance children's skills in reading, literature and science. Authors and veteran science teachers Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan also list the specific scientific standards of learning to which each lesson is connected, a boon for any instructor. As for the three questions posed at the beginning of this review, they are all explored here, along with the picture books that both give answers and inspire more questions. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum