Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

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Books published in 2015.

Science teachers and mentors continue to be challenged to meet the high expectations of A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Indeed the Framework urges us to help learners "[build] progressively more sophisticated explanations of natural phenomena..." while the NGSS provide a model for "gathering, describing, and using information about the natural and designed world(s)."

We invite you to explore this year's list of Outstanding Science Trade Books, which greatly adds to our 44-year history--and has been organized in response to NGSS. In these award-winning books, you'll find not only traditional science content but also engineering and design. We hope you'll enjoy enhancing your spirit of inquiry as you explore science through trade books.

PS1: Matter and Its Interactions

Hurricane Watch. Melissa Stewart. Illustrated by Taia Morley. HarperCollins. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-06232-776-5, $17.99. Paperback ISBN 978-0-06232775-8, $6.99. (K-2) Young meteorologists will find this fact-filled book fascinating. It provides an exciting look into how hurricanes form, the scientists who work with them, and safety tips. Glossary. (GSM) CCC5, ESS2, ETS2

* Raindrops Roll. April Pulley Sayre. Photographs by April Pulley Sayre. Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-48142-064-8, $17.99. (K-2) Stunning photography and simple wording make this book a perfect introduction to the subject of water. Sayre takes us on an up-close journey through the water cycle that will surely spark students' sense of wonder. Author's Note. (GSM) ESS2, CCC2, CCC5 LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

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LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Animal Mouths. Mary Holland. Arbordale Publishing. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-162855-552-3, $17.95. Paperback ISBN 978-1-62855-561-5, $9.95. (K-2) How do different mouth structures help animals? Mouth structures can be as wide-ranging as the animals that possess them. The mouths of various animals, from insects, such as moths and robber flies, to animals from most of the vertebrate classes, are examined. Matching Mouth Structures to Animal, Glossary. (SAK) CCC6

Bilby: Secrets of an Australian Marsupial. Edel Wignell. Candlewick Press. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-76366-7597, $16.99. (K-5) An examination of the life cycle of the bilby and how it survives is presented in this book. Students follow Baby Bilby from the time it is born until it leaves to create an underground home of its own. Index. (SAK) CCC4

* Dirty Rats? Darrin Lunde. Illustrated by Adam Gustavson. Charlesbridge. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-58089-566-8, $16.95. (3-5) Are all rats dirty, scary, and ugly? These questions are examined to show how rats vary by species and the important role they play as part of their ecosystems. Websites to Learn More About Mammals. (SAK) LS3, CCC6

Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests. Sneed B. Collard III. Photographs by Sneed B. Collard III. Bucking Horse Books. 48pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-98444-607-0, $17.99. (3-8) What are Fire Birds? Explore how some species of bird rely on burned areas to survive. From the devastation of fire comes new life and new discoveries about the important role fire plays in an ecosystem. Fire Bird Checklist, Glossary, Resources, Index. (DMH) LS4

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High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs. Lisa Kahn Schnell. Illustrated by Alan Marks. Charlesbridge. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-158089-604-7, $16.95. (K-2) The fascinating story of how millions of horseshoe crabs make their way onto the shores of the Delaware Bay to lay their eggs and how scientists along with vacationers watch, tag, and study them. The book includes a closer look at what happens and how horseshoe crabs help humans. (CLN)

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