Graphic Science Books - Max Axiom Super Scientist
What better way to introduce a science topic than with super scientist Max Axiom. His super power is what every student would like to do, shrink down to microscopic size and get close and be a part of the microscopic world we share. There are a host of topics that cover many scientific areas at the middle school level such as Force and Motion, Ecosystems, Genes, Viruses, Chemical Reactions, and Bacteria. He uses his connection to learn and find out information we all want to know. Somewhat textbookish, but the graphic images make up for it.
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species In 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley
Wow! What an interesting read. yeah, it took me awhile, but it was well worth it. Every chromosome explained. More in-depth than a middle school textbook, but less technical than a college textbook. A great resource to refer your students to when they want to know more, Ridley states it like this, "The genome is a book."
There are twenty-three chapters, called chromosomes.
Each chapter contains several thousand stories, called genes.
Each story is made up of paragraphs, called exons, which are interrupted by advertisements called introns.
Each paragraph is made up of words, called codons.
Each word written in letters called bases.
As an avid book reader this definitely caught my attention.
Ultimate STEM: 49 Amazing Teaching Moments in STEM by MSUrbanSTEM 2015-2016
Need an idea to tweak a lesson or activity that’s a little dusty? Or inspiration to integrate STEM subjects into more than one unit? This book has a wealth of ideas any teacher will be able to use the classroom. You can even review my roller coaster lesson science lesson and how I turned it up a notch to incorporate more mathematical content. Yes, a shameless plug, but it is a great STEM resource to use, If you take a look at J. Erickson's amazing teaching moment of how he used his SMART Board, you'll be inspired to get one or do what I did, fight, to get the one in your classroom fixed to engage students in learning. Thanks Jeff.
The Greatest Science Stories Never Told: 100 tales of invention and discovery to astonish, bewilder, & stupefy by Rick Beyer
Want to know the story behind the term "Eureeka"? or who Hans Lippershey was? This collection of short yet, interesting stories behind many scientific instruments is a place to start. Quick reads to whet the appetite and learn little nuggets of wisdom and scientific insights. One I love to use every year with my students is the story about Archimedes and the story behind displacement. I read the story to my students to introduce them to the wonders of science and seek out their own eureka moments.
What's Math Got To Do With It: How teachers and parents can transform mathematics learning and inspire success by Jo Boaler
What a great book for mathematic teachers, I found this book to be very refreshing and a practical resource to use with my students. There are many suggestions on how to engage students in math. It provides reasons behind the state our country's low math performance and some solutions on how to turn it around. I appreciate Boaler's honesty and straight forward approach in shedding light on the situation and easy strategies parents and teachers can use to turn students towards a love for math.