Magnet Max by Monica Lozano Hughes
Atoms by S. Taylor Williams
Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler
I am Albert Einstein by Brad Meltzer
Extreme Laboratories by Anne O. Squire
Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford
Mezmerized by Mara Rockliff
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Toys by Don Wulffson
The Shivers in the Fridge by Fran Manushkin
Magnets are all around us from our computers, compasses, phones, cars and our amazing Earth.
“From your clothes to your desk, every bit of matter is made of tiny particles called atoms. Atoms have negatively charged electrons that spin around them. Most of the time, the electrons spin in random directions. When the electrons all spin in the same direction, though, they create an invisible force known as magnetism.
When something is magnetic, it can pull things with steel or iron in them to it. The two ends of a magnet are called the north and south poles. These are the parts where the magnets are strongest. Around these poles is an area known as a magnetic field. In the magnetic field, other objects can be drawn to the magnet.” ~easyscienceforkids.com
In class we will be having magnetic stations, magnet marble races, making magnetic slime, making homemade compasses and extracting the iron out of cereal with a magnet. I’m excited to “attract” the kids to science…haha!
How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning by Rosalyn Schanzer
Electrical Wizard by Elizabeth Rusch
If by David J. Smith
The Magic School Bus and the Electric Fieldtrip by Joanna Cole
Oscar and the Bird by Geoff Waring
Electricity for Kids:Facts, Photos and Fun by Baby Professor
Girls think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh
Now and Ben by Gene Barretta
I’m pretty pumped to teaching kids about circuits and electricity. I will demonstrate a simple circuit, show how the Wimhurst machine works and show a plasma ball. In class we will be building simple circuits, more advanced circuits, playing with snap circuits, building 3D Bohr atoms and building potato batteries.
Electricity is the flow of electrical power or charge. In order to understand how electric charge moves from one atom to another, we need to know something about atoms. Atoms are made of even smaller particles. The center of an atom is called the nucleus. It is made of particles called protons and neutrons. The protons and neutrons are very small, but electrons are much, much smaller. Electrons spin around the nucleus in shells a great distance from the nucleus. Electrons are held in their shells by an electrical force. The protons and electrons of an atom are attracted to each other. They both carry an electrical charge. An electrical charge is a force within the particle. Protons have a positive charge (+) and electrons have a negative charge (-). The positive charge of the protons is equal to the negative charge of the electrons. Opposite charges attract each other. ~https://www.kids.esdb.bg/electricity.html
In class we will be continuing learning all about the engineering and design process. How we first ask the questions and define the problem, next brainstorm and think of ideas, then come up with a plan, next create and last but not least, we improve.
I got this great idea from Little Bins for Little Hands. I wanted to create something fun with Legos and I thought this was the perfect idea. Design and build different Lego cars and then race them with balloons. I think my little scientists are going to love this.
So”Lego” your mind and start to EXPLORE!
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In class we will be learning all about engineering and what STEM is and why we need it. We will focus on Engineering, Technology and the Application of science and how all of the fields of STEM are linked together.
BuggyandBuddy.com gave me a great idea. I wanted to teach my students all about engineering and the design process. What other to do that than with Hexbugs? So fun! will be making Hexbug mazes out of straws, tape and poster boards and using the design process. I’m super excited for this lesson because the students will be doing their first stem challenge this year and I always love a good stem challenge. Get ready to get in “Gear” for success in science! I sure do love your students a whole “bot!” Haha!!
Lego City: Ready For Takeoff by Scholastic
Lego City: Calling All Cars by Scholastic
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi
Zero by Kathryn Otoshi
Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage by Bob Pflugfelder
Robot, Go Bot by Dana Rau
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Magic Toolbox by Mie Araki
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
Little Robot by Ben Hatke
Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
Cleonardo The Little Inventor by Mary Grand Pre
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
Oh No! (Or How My Science Fair Project Destroyed The World) by Mac Barnett
Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott
Little Hoot by Amy Rosenthal
Owls by Gail Gibbons
Peek-a-who by Nina Laden
Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne Jones
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Bone by Bone by Sara Levine
What if You Had Animal Ears? by Sandra Markle
Rhoda’s Rock Hunt by Mollie Griffin
The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole & Bruce Degen
The Pebble in my Pocket by Meredith Hooper & Chris Coady
The Rock Factory: A Story About the Rock Cycle by Jacqui Bailey & Matthew Lilly
A Rock Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas
If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk
Everybody Needs A Rock by Byrd Baylor
A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long
Rocks, Fossils and Arrowheads by Laura Evert