By: Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan
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More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, K-4
2008 Finalist for the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award
The Distinguished Achievement Award, from the Association of Educational Publishers, recognizes each year’s most outstanding materials in the field of teaching and learning.
|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
based on 5 reviews
|Publication Title:||Picture-Perfect Science Series
|Grade Level:||Elementary School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: Imaginative Inventions
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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.
Ideas For Use
Each lesson contains background information for the teacher, engagement activities, hands-on explorations, student pages, suggestions for student and teacher explanations, opportunities for elaboration, assessment suggestions, and annotated bibliographies of more books to read on the topic. Assessments range from poster sessions with rubrics to student-created books to formal multiple-choice and extended-response quizzes.
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Scientists and inventors
Fields of science
Scientific habits of mind
Using scientific equipment
Growth and development
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, Elementary-Level Educator, Professional Development Provider, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Achievement, Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Educational research, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Interdisciplinary, Learning theory, Professional development, Science safety, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
About the Authors
About the Picture-Perfect Science Program
Why Read Picture Books in Science Class?
Teaching Science Through Inquiry
BSCS 5E Instructional Model
National Science Education Standards
Bubble, Bubble and Pop! A Book About Bubbles
How Big Is a Foot?
How Big Is a Foot? and How Tall, How Short, How Faraway
Hear Your Heart
Hear Your Heart and The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness
Lucas and His Loco Beans: A Bilingual Tale of the Mexican Jumping Bean
Diary of a Worm and Wiggling Worms at Work
Over in the Ocean
Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef and Coral Reef Animals
Be a Friend to Trees
Our Tree Named Steve and Be a Friend to Trees
That Magnetic Dog
That Magnetic Dog and Magnetic and Nonmagnetic
Roller Coaster and I Fall Down
What Did They See? and I See Myself
If You Find a Rock
If You Find a Rock and Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smooth, and Rough
Sunshine on My Shoulders
Sunshine on My Shoulders
When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer and Spots of Light: A Book About Stars
Imaginative Inventions and Leo Cockroach, Toy Tester
A Sense of Wonder
John Muir: America’s Naturalist, Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder, and The Important Book
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 38 correlations with the National Standards.
- Physical Science
- Properties of objects and materials
- Objects can be described by the properties of the materials from which they are made. (K-4)
- The properties of objects can be used to separate or sort a group of objects or materials.
- Position and motion of objects
- The position and motion of objects can be changed by pushing or pulling. (K-4)
- Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism
- Light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object. (K-4)
- Light can be reflected by a mirror, refracted by a lens, or absorbed by the object. (K-4)
- Magnets attract and repel each other and certain kinds of other materials. (K-4)
- Life Science
- The characteristics of organisms
- Organisms have basic needs. For example, animals need air, water, and food; plants require air, water, nutrients, and light. (K-4)
- The world has many different environments, and distinct
environments support the life of different types of organisms. (K-4)
- Life cycles of organisms
- Plants and animals have life cycles that include being born, developing into adults, reproducing, and eventually dying. The details of this life cycle are different for different organisms. (K-4)
- Organisms and environments
- All organisms cause changes in the environment where they live. Some of these changes are detrimental to the organism or other organisms, whereas others are beneficial.
- Earth Science
- Properties of earth materials
- Earth materials are solid rocks and soils, water, and the gases of the atmosphere.
- The varied Earth materials have different physical and chemical properties, which make them useful in different ways, for example, as building materials, as sources of fuel, or for growing the plants we use as food.
- Objects in the sky
- The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described.
- The sun provides the light and heat necessary to maintain the temperature of the earth.
- Science as Inquiry
- Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
- Ask a question about objects, organisms, and events in the environment. (K-4)
- Plan and conduct a simple investigation. (K-4)
- Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses. (K-4)
- Use data to construct a reasonable explanation.
- Communicate investigations and explanations.
- Design and conduct a scientific investigation.
- Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence.
- Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
- Science and Technology
- Abilities of technological design
- Identify a simple problem.
- Propose a solution.
- Implementing proposed solutions
- Evaluate a product or design.
- Understanding about science and technology
- People have always had problems and invented tools and techniques (ways of doing something) to solve problems.
- Trying to determine the effects of solutions helps people avoid some new problems.
- History and Nature of Science
- Science as a human endeavor
- Science and technology have been practiced by people for a long time.
- Many people choose science as a career and devote their entire lives to studying it.
- Many people derive great pleasure from doing science.
- Process Standards for Professional Development
- Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge. (NSES)
- Content Standards
- Quality Teaching
- Deepens educators’ content knowledge, provides them with research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards, and prepares them to use various types of classroom assessments appropriately. (NSDC)
- Teaching Standards
- Teachers of science plan an inquiry-based science program for their students.
- Select science content and adapt and design curricula to meet the interests, knowledge, understanding, abilities, and experiences of students.
- Select teaching and assessment strategies that support the development of student understanding and nurture a community of science learners.
- Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning. In doing this, teachers
- Encourage and model the skills of scientific inquiry, as well as the curiosity, openness to new ideas and data, and skepticism that characterize science.
- Teachers provide students with the time, space, and resources needed to learn science.
- Create a setting for student work that is flexible and supportive of science inquiry.
- Make the available science tools, materials, media, and technological resources accessible to students.
“…A model of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies, More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons is a unique and confidently recommended addition to any private or public school K–12 curriculum and so ‘user friendly’ that it would be readily applicable by parents engaged in home schooling children ages 5 through 9.”
The Midwest Book Review: Small Press Bookwatch, May 2007
“The lesson worksheets, activity sheets, and charts [are] excellent. Not only do they reinforce the subject of science, but language arts is typically reinforced as well. ... If you're looking for a way to engage your children in learning, piquing their interest with children's literature is a good place to start. This book walks you through some very thorough lessons that young children should enjoy.”
The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, February 2009
||Reviewed by: Julie F (, ) on June 23, 2009
||More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, K-4 is an amazing resource. This book is aligned to the standards, so no matter what your district’s curriculum looks like you should be able to find something to use. This book consists of 15 inquiry based science lessons that are enhanced by quality children’s literature. The lesson plans are written using the 5E instructional model. With the time restraints all teachers face it is more important than ever to integrate as much as we can.
||Great for English language learners
||Reviewed by: Susan Anthony (Miami, FL) on July 18, 2008
||While most of the lessons are geared younger than the first book in the series, the lesson work well for small groups of English language learners.
||More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons
||Reviewed by: Susan (Wayne, OH) on July 17, 2008
||An outstanding resource for elementary teachers!
||More Picture Perfect Science Lessons
||Reviewed by: Mariah (, ) on May 5, 2008
||More Picture Perfect Science Lessons by Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan
More Picture Perfect Sciece Lessons is a great tool for every teacher of students in grades K-4. Whether a teacher is looking for supplemental materials for an existing curriculum, or lacks the time and resources to teach regular science lessons, this book is a great resource. Each unit is overflowing with children's literature, teacher resources, and engaging activities. Teachers will find new and inventive ways to teach higher level thinking skills, reading comprehension, writing skills, and important science concepts using the 5E inquiry model. Ansberry and Morgan have created a useful and teacher-friendly science text.
||a great resource!!
||Reviewed by: Denise (West Palm Beach, FL) on November 1, 2007
||I love this book because it connects it all! Science, literature, hands-on learning, and writing ideas. It is user friendly and filled with lots of ideas whether your a veteran teacher of science or your in your first year of teaching - it's a must!
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