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Today we have the lovely picture book,Seashells: More Than a Homeby team who brought us the fabulousFeathers:  Not Just for Flying(previous review),  Melissa Stewart and Sarah S.Brannen.

This title really stands out because it does so much more than describe or identify shells a child might find on the beach.Instead,it breathes life into the creatures that inhabit different seashells by showing how all the various sizes,shapes,and colors help the members of the Phylum Mollusca -- or mollusks -- survive.

How good is it?My friend who is a retired school librarian and I discovered this book on the library shelf at almost the same time.Deciding to see who got to read it first nearly involved arm wrestling...

Other pluses:

Author Melissa Stewart uses the popular dual-layered text.Younger readers can find out the basics about seashells in the large-sized text at the top of the page,whereas older readers can explore more details with the denser,smaller text further down the page.

Sarah S.Brannen's watercolor illustrations incorporate both the mysterious beauty of the seashells and the delight of children when they discover one.

Seashells:  More Than a Homeis a wonderful resource for studies on ocean or beach habitats.It would also make a great gift for nature lovers,especially before a trip to the beach.Discover a copy today!

Suggested activities:

  • See the free,downloadable  7-page Teacher's Guide atCharlesbridge(Click the "downloadables" tab at middle of the page).
  • What happens when you put seashells in vinegar?What does this tell you about what they are made of?(See instructions atScholastic,for example).
  • Sue atArchimedes Notebookhas some great activity suggestions,including an art project and a scavenger hunt.She also has a review of the book.

Age Range: 6 - 9 years
Publisher: Charlesbridge (April 2,2019)
ISBN-10: 1580898106
ISBN-13: 978-1580898102

Disclosure: This book was provided by our local library.Also,I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products.As you probably are aware,if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product,I will receive a very small commission,at no extra cost to you.Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.

Come visit theSTEM Friday blog each week to find more great Science,Technology,Engineering and Math books.Note: this is a new link as of 10/2018.

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For STEM Friday,we are highlighting the middle grade titleAstronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interactby Jennifer Swanson.

At first the link between exploring the oceans and exploring space might not seem obvious,but the pioneering men and women who add to our understanding of both regions face similar challenges.Lack of oxygen,cold,darkness,and pressure extremes are just some of the trials they have to overcome.

In addition to loads of information about what exploring space and the deep oceans is all about,the book also explains some of the key science concepts:

  • Gravity and microgravity (in space)
  • Buoyancy and density
  • Pressure and temperature
  • Topography

Chapter 3 compares living inside a space habitat like the International Space Station (ISS) and and underwater habitat.Readers learn the two intersect because astronauts get ready for space by training underwater at Aquarius,an underwater research center off the coast of Florida.

Chapter 4 asks and attempts to answer why do humans explore.Why would someone want to become an astronaut or aquanaut?The final chapter wraps up with what some of the discoveries have been in these two areas,and then mentions that some people have suggested the two areas are similar enough that the government agencies NOAA and NASA should be combined.

Scattered throughout the book are three hands-on activities:

  • Sink or Float
  • Docking the ISS
  • Design Your Own Space Suit

The back matter includes brief bios of ten astronauts and aquanauts,including their training and current positions,which is a great resource for children who might be interested in similar careers.

Astronaut-Aquanautis a must have for future explorers.It also shows where a career in STEM might lead.Explore a copy today!

相关活动:

1.Investigate Buoyancy and Density with Cartesian Divers

Make a Cartesian diverat Science Bob -- has different materials to try and has more suggestions for making a Cartesian diver demonstration a true experiment.

2.Try some astronaut food to accompany the book

It is relatively easy to find novelty astronaut food online,such as:

Astronaut Ice Cream Neapolitan,Mint,Cookies & Cream,Sandwich and Chocolate Chip Freeze Dried Food PACK OF 5

Learnmore about the book and authorat Nonfiction Monday blog

Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (January 9,2018)
ISBN-10: 1426328672
ISBN-13: 978-1426328671

Disclosure: This book was provided by the publisher's representative for review purposes.Also,I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products.As you probably are aware,if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product,I will receive a very small commission,at no extra cost to you.Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.

Come visit theSTEM Friday blog each week to find more great Science,Technology,Engineering and Math books.

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The ocean has been in the news,which is why we are excited about this new middle grade book.From Josh and Bethanie Hestermann (the team that brought usZoology for Kids),  we haveMarine Science for Kids: Exploring and Protecting Our Watery World,Includes Cool Careers and 21 Activitieswith a foreword by Stephanie Arne.

This is one of the fantasticChicago Review Press booksthat combine great information with fun hands-on activities to reinforce learning.Throw in beautiful color photographs of awesome animals and mini-biographies of marine science professionals,and you have a treasure trove for middle grade readers.

The book starts with a time line of some important historical events in the field of marine science,with references to discoveries made and boundaries pushed by the likes of Jacques Cousteau,Marie Tharp,and Sylvia Earle.

Then right off the bat,the reader learns what marine science is.Did you know marine scientists study not only saltwater creatures in oceans,but also those found in rivers and lakes?

Now the reader can hop to the chapter that covers their favorite habitat,such as the coast or deep ocean,or they can read from cover to cover.There's so much to discover.

Activities from the book include:

  1. Building a water molecule
  2. Making an edible coral reef
  3. Exploring marine camouflage
  4. Constructing a water-propelled squid
  5. Testing methods for cleaning up an oil spill,etc.

With a glossary,resource list,and selected bibliography,this book is a useful reference for planning lessons beyond the book,as well.

Marine Science for Kidsis a must have for budding marine scientists,but will also entrance young readers interested in animals or the environment.这是一个令人难以置信的教育者,参考too.

Activity Inspired byMarine Science for Kids:

Hurricanes are violent forms of weather on land,but what happens underwater?

Many things happen as winds churn the ocean water and rain falls.These changes can harm the organisms living there.

Hurricanes cause major changes underwater:

  • Strong water currents and waves
  • Rapid mixing of temperatures and salinity - top water is cooler and more salty than it usually is,lower layers are warmer and less salty.
  • Reduced amounts of dissolved oxygen in the surface water
  • More suspended particles,silt
  • Movement of sand

Usually the larger fish that are strong swimmers,such as sharks,can swim away.But slower or sessile creatures take a pounding.Some are killed.

Activity:

Watch the following video of a coral reef underwater during a hurricane.Make notes of the things you see.Then compare to theReefCamtoday.What changes do you notice?

References:

What Happens UnderwaterUniversity of Miami Rosenstiel School

Other Marine Science Activities (from this blog):

  1. Humpback whales(with three activities)
  2. Jellyfish(with craft activity)
  3. Learn about Steller Sea Lions
  4. Sea Horses and Other Fish
  5. Shore Birds
  6. Tide Pool Invertebrates
  7. Fish(with three activities)

For a bunch of ocean-themed lesson plans,try theOcean Portal.

Looking for more?Try our growing list of children's books about marine science atScience Books for Kids.

Age Range: 9 and up
Publisher: Chicago Review Press (June 1,2017)
ISBN-10: 1613735367
ISBN-13: 978-1613735367

Disclosure: This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.Also,I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products.As you probably are aware,if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product,I will receive a very small commission,at no extra cost to you.Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.

Come visit theSTEM Friday blog each week to find more great Science,Technology,Engineering and Math books.