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  • STEM Tuesday -- Astronomy/ Eclipse -- In the Classroom
    STEM Tuesday — Astronomy/ Eclipse — In the Classroom
    April 9, 2024 by
      What an incredible time to be a young scientist! Yesterday’s total solar eclipse was an exciting and memorable event for students (and adults) across the country. Interest in learning about about eclipses and astronomy in general is at a high. Thankfully, there are a plethora of incredible books on these subjects that students can read and enjoy. These books can be used as a springboard for classroom discussions and activities.   Can’t Get Enough Space Stuff: Fun Facts, Awesome Info, Cool Games, Silly Jokes, and More! by Julie Beer and Stephanie Warren Drimmer This highly browsable book is sure to become an instant hit with your students. Chock full of interesting facts, such as the moon isn’t round; it’s egg-shaped, 1 Venus day is equal to 5,832 hours, and astronauts’ sense of taste weakens in space, students will be eager to share these fun tidbits with their friends. And the silly space jokes will have your students laughing out...
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  • STEM Tuesday -- Astronomy/ Eclipse -- Book List
    STEM Tuesday — Astronomy/ Eclipse — Book List
    April 2, 2024 by
    This is an active month for sky-watchers. Not only will the “Great North American Eclipse” happen on April 8, but the night sky will feature a comet that you should be able to view without a telescope. Eclipse Chaser: Science in the Moon’s Shadow (Scientist in the Field) by Ilima Loomis, photos by Amanda Cowan This is a story about the last “Great North American Eclipse” – August 2017 – and how a science team studies eclipses. Not only do they have to find the best place for observing the event, they have a lot of instruments to set up and test prior to the day. Plus, a bagel production line on the morning of the Big Day. Casting Shadows: Solar and Lunar Eclipses with The Planetary Society by Bruce Betts This book uses straightforward language aimed at younger middle grade readers. Beginning with shadows, it then shows how eclipses...
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    STEM Tuesday — Animal Perceptions– Interview with Author Stephanie Gibeault
    March 26, 2024 by
      Welcome to STEM Tuesday: Author Interview, a repeating feature for the last Tuesday of every month. Go Science-Tech-Engineering-Math! Today we’re interviewing Stephanie Gibeault, author of Making Sense of Dog Senses: How Our Furry Friends Experience the World.  It’s a fascinating look at how dogs use their senses, often better than the people around them. The School and Library Journal said, “A fun, quirky book about dogs and their many abilities; great for animal lovers, young and old.”   Christine Taylor-Butler: Welcome to STEM Tuesday, Stephanie. I’m always excited to talk to a woman with a STEM background. Were you a science person as a child? Stephanie Gibeault: Yes, I was particularly interested in biology. I had all kinds of pets and loved observing animals in the wild. Catching them too. I would trap snakes and keep them in my tent or show my amphibian-fearing mother every frog and toad...
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    STEM Tuesday — Animal Perceptions– Writing Tips & Resources
    March 19, 2024 by
      Choose Your Own Writing Adventure Did you ever read a Choose Your Own Adventure® book? As a kid I devoured those. You would read a few paragraphs and then when there’s a plot point—when a normal book would have the main character make the decision (and learn the consequences)—in these books, you, the reader get to choose. It might look like this: If you charge down the tunnel, straight into the dragon’s lair, turn to page 23. If you sneak around the mountain, hoping to slip in through a backdoor, turn to page 42. What if we could see writing like that? What if we could help students see writing like that? What if we could apply this to the challenge of writing to convey information? One of my greatest struggles is structure. Finding just the right approach to convey information. I know I’m not the only writer (young or old)...
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Jennifer Swanson

Website: www.jenniferswansonbooks.com

Biography

Jennifer Swanson dreams of one day running away to the Museum of Science and Industry- then maybe she could look at all the exhibits and try out all the gadgets without competing for them with her kids. An author of thirty nonfiction science books for grades 3-6, Jennifer’s goal is to show kids that Science Rocks! She lives in sunny Florida with her husband, three kids and two dogs. When not writing she’s on the hunt for fun science facts.