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  • STEM Tuesday -- Reptiles -- Writing Tips & Resources
    STEM Tuesday — Reptiles — Writing Tips & Resources
    September 21, 2021 by
    GREAT REPTILES IN HISTORY Opening movie scene. Fade in. Cue the David Attenborough or Morgan Freeman narrator voice: GREAT REPTILES IN HISTORY…  For some reason, the title was the first thing that popped into my head when I sat down to draft this post. I have no reason why. But, what the heck? I felt obligated to the STEM creative muse to run with it. Great reptiles in history! Man alive, there sure are a lot of reptiles. How do you even start to make a list of the greatest ones when they’re all pretty dang awesome? You start by making a fully-loaded, everything-you-can-think-of list. Just as in writing the first draft of a manuscript, the thing you wish to make won’t be a real thing, a thing full of possibility, until you put it to paper first.  Nothing can be finished until it is started. So make your list. Write that first word. And follow it with another. And...
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  • STEM Tuesday -- Reptiles -- In the Classroom
    STEM Tuesday — Reptiles — In the Classroom
    September 14, 2021 by
    I learned quite a bit about reptiles this month by reading the following books from the book list. World’s Biggest Reptiles by Tom Jackson, illustrated by Vladimir Jevtic Many different reptiles are represented in this book, representing the biggest of the species. It includes lots of information and fun facts, represented in fun, accessible ways. Each reptile featured has a graphic novel style page and a page with a large photograph and general information. Each also includes an infographic showing the animal’s size relative to an adult human. (One nitpick on the infographic is it’s not clear what size the human is.) Sneed B Collard III’s Most Fun Book Ever About Lizards by Sneed B. Collard III This book focuses on (surprise!) lizards. It highlights a few specific species, but is written to give more general information about lizards. It has chapters with titles like “Eating Like a Lizard” and...
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  • STEM Tuesday -- Reptiles -- Book List
    STEM Tuesday — Reptiles — Book List
    September 7, 2021 by
    Have you ever found a snake in your garden? Watched a turtle cross the road? Met a dragon face-to-face? These books are all about the cold-blooded, scaly denizens of our planet, and how we can make our world a better place for them. Ultimate Reptileopedia: The Most Complete Reptile Reference Ever by Christina Wilsdon The first section introduces what reptiles are, adaptations, habitats, and conservation concerns. This is followed by sections with detailed information on a diversity of species: lizards and snakes; turtles and tortoises; and crocodilians. Each spread includes a photo, quick facts, and an encyclopedic entry about the featured reptile. Plus there’s a chat with a herpetologist at the end.     World’s Biggest Reptiles by Tom Jackson with illustrations by Vladimir Jevtic How can animals grow so big – and why would they? This book takes a look at huge reptiles in the ocean and on land. There’s a...
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  • Back to School with STEM Tuesday!
    Back to School with STEM Tuesday!
    August 31, 2021 by
    Hello Amazing teachers, homeschoolers, and parents. We at STEM Tuesday wish you all a wonderful 2021-2022 school year! We want to remind you that we have  FOUR YEARS full of STEM/STEAM resources in our “vault”. And it’s all SEARCHABLE! All you have to do is to go to the TOP of this page, and click on the STEM Tuesday button. That will take you to a page like the one below. Then just click on the SEARCH by TOPIC button and you’ll see all of the great topics we’ve covered for the last four years.                     You’ll find BOOK LISTS In the Classroom –> tips for how to use these books in the classroom Writing Tips and Resources –>  Literacy and STEM connections Interviews with real authors and giveaways of new books (giveaway only available in current month) We hope you...
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Karen Latchana Kenney


Karen Latchana Kenney loves to write books about animals, and looks for them wherever she goes—from leafcutter ants trailing through the Amazon rain forest in Guyana, where she was born, to puffins in cliff-side burrows on the Irish island of Skellig Michael. She especially enjoys creating books about nature, biodiversity, conservation, and groundbreaking scientific discoveries—but also writes about civil rights, astronomy, historical moments, and many other topics. Her award-winning and star-reviewed books have been named a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, a 2015 Book of Note from the TriState Review Committee, a 2011 Editor’s Choice for School Library Connection, and Junior Library Guild selections. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son, and bikes, hikes, and gazes at the night sky in northern Minnesota any moment she can.