From a young age Albert Einstein was curious and very smart. But that didn't mean life was easy for him. In fact, being so smart sometimes made things harder for him! Read all about his life, and find out why Albert Einstein is known as the genius of the twentieth century.
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Patricia Lakin, a former elementary school teacher and an award-winning author, has written more than fifty published works. Her books, both fiction and nonfiction, span multiple age groups—from toddlers to middle graders. Patricia lives in New York City with her husband, Lee Koenigsberg. They have two grown sons, Aaron and Benjahmin. When not reading, writing, or researching, she can be found traveling with Lee to far-off places in the world.
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¿Albert Einstein: Genius of the Twentieth Century¿ is a complete biography about the Nobel Prize winning physicist. Albert was born in Germany and was the first born child in his family. He was thought to be ¿backward¿ because he chose to not answer quickly when asked questions. Being a very inquisitive child and of Jewish faith, Albert was not accepted by the other students or his teachers. Dropping out of school at the age of 15, Albert spent several years looking for a job and finally was hired by the patent office in Bern, Switzerland. Albert loved this job and was able to work on his personal scientific projects. At the age of 26, Albert published his articles in a German physics journal. This was the beginning of the recognition of Albert¿s discoveries and eventually being awarded the Noble Prize in physics.This book is designed for a reader who can read longer texts on their own. It is easy for a young reader to understand. The representational styled illustrations give a feeling of seeing Albert age as the information about his life progresses. The book includes a time line of Albert Einstein¿s life in addition to a bibliography and list of web sites. The author, Patricia Lakin, has published over 35 children¿s books, many of them biographies for the ¿Ready-To-Read¿ series. In the classroom the book could be used to support a lesson about the method new discoveries are recognized and patented. A teacher could ask students to pick an object in their home and research who and when it was discovered and when the patent was filed. The book could be used to demonstrate to students the uniqueness each person has and how they can each have a special gift. It is a great book to give encouragement to students that may be struggling or a little different from their class mates.
SUMMARY;This non-fiction novel is based upon the life of genius Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein spoke late as a child. He said he was waiting to speak in complete sentences. When he spoke, the words were not that of a child. On his fifth birthday he was given a compass by his dad, which later made him who he was. In school Albert disliked strict teachers who did not allow a child to discover new learning. His main interests in school were maths and science.He obtained good grades. His parents encouraged him to explore his mind by allowing him to read, talk and ask as many questions. They also invited medical students to sit with Albert which was a fascination, since he enjoyed science very much.At fifteen he was asked to drop out of school because teachers at that time could not keep up with a person so open-minded and independent. The key to success is sometimes learned when we have experienced some kind of failure. Albert did experienced failure when he took the entrance exam to become a teacher. He was so confident of his intelligence, he did not study. But that did not deter him. He studied and passed. He went on to discover, the speed of light and that light was made of tiny particles called photons. These photons are responsible for the invention of radios, televisions and others. He later discovered the equation for energy; which helped with the discovery of nuclear energy. Then he published the general theory of relativity, which helped with the discoveries of stars, planets and more through space.Albert Einstein married twice. His first wife was a physics student who bored his two children. He became a science teacher and was called professor Einstein. Then he divorced and married his distant cousin. He and his new wife traveled a lot and then settled in Germany.He won the Noble Prize in physics in 1922. But since Albert was Jewish, this became a problem. An anti-Jewish leader was born, Hitler. Then he moved to the US and accepted a job at Princeton University. In the US he was given a variety of projects to do. Then his interest moved to humanity and spoke frequently about it. He and his wife received many letters and saved them. Children were always drawn to him. In 1955, Albert Einstein died at 76.PERSONAL:This biography about Albert Einstein was very interesting and informative. This would be age appropriate for grade threes to four. CLASSROOM:Students will discuss the biography as a class. The teacher will question them.They will select a famous person ( musician, sportsman/woman etc) who inspires them and prepare a biography to present to the class. The students will use the format used on face book or my space to help them build a profile about the person they chose.