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Ms. Cooper's Science Class
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Ms. Cooper’s Recommended
Summer Reading for Science
As you head off to a relaxing summer
vacation, how about doing a little reading in science?
Here are my
recommendations for each grade level.
Incoming Fourth Graders:
The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A
Panamanian golden frogs aren't just cute, little, and yellow.
They're also the national symbol of Panama. But they started to disappear about
fifteen years ago. What's killing them? Could it be a change in their habitat?
What about pollution? Might it be a result of climate change? Follow a team of
scientists working to save these frogs and protect frog populations worldwide
in this real-life science mystery.
Incoming Fifth Graders:
Eye of the
Storm by Kate Messner
In the not-too-distant future, huge tornadoes and monster
storms have become a part of everyday life. Sent to spend the summer in the
heart of storm country with her meteorological engineer father, Jaden Meggs is
surprised at the strides her father's company StormSafe, has made with custom
shelters that keep her family safe in even the worst of storms. At her
exclusive summer science camp, Eye On Tomorrow, Jaden meets Alex, a boy whose
passion for science matches hers. Together, they discover that her father's
company is steering storms away from the expensive neighborhoods and toward the
organic farming communities that are in competition with his bio-engineered
food company, NatureMade. Jaden must confront her father, but when she does,
she uncovers a terrifying family secret and must call on both her scientific
knowledge and her faith to save the people she loves most from one of her
father's monster storms.
Incoming Sixth Graders:
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved
Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sly Montgomery
When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was
different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism. While Temple’s doctor
recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her. Temple went to school
instead. Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal
science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career revolutionized
the livestock industry. As an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience
as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make. This
compelling biography complete with Temple’s personal photos takes us inside her
extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.
Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krul
Scientists have a reputation for being
focused on their work—and maybe even dull. But take another look. Did you know
that it’s believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his
mom? That Isaac Newton loved to examine soap bubbles? That Albert Einstein
loved to collect joke books, and that geneticist Barbara McClintock wore a
Groucho Marx disguise in public? With juicy tidbits about everything from
favorite foods to first loves, the subjects of Kathleen Krull and Kathryn
Hewitt’s Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What
the Neighbors Thought) are revealed as creative, bold,
sometimes eccentric—and anything but dull.
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And never forget: SCIENCE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!