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03 June 2009

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Willa

Great science post. Thanks for sharing in time for my planning process for this year : ).

Shirley

Hello,
I also struggle with science 'curricula' for many of the same reasons. I also don't think it needs to 'stand alone' as a topic (especially in the younger ages). I found a couple of great books in my library that have ideas for science lessons where you can use regular 'story books'.

The first one is:
Science Adventures with Children’s Literature by Anthony D. Fredericks (372.35044)
This is a book where I found myself nodding my head in agreement a lot! I mean really, science and textbook are just two words that are just wrong together!! Organized by science topic, it gives a lot of good book ideas and hands on activities that don't require a lot (or sometimes any) scientific equipment!

The other book is Science Through Children’s Literature by Carol M. Butzow (372.35044)

Yet another head-nodder. As the author states "Literature can provide an efficient means of teaching because students’ interest is sustained and the story structure helps them to comprehend and draw relationships between the material world and their own personal world. Well-chosen fiction reinforces the idea that science is a part of the lives of ordinary peopleAn integrated lesson approach (i.e., one that involves science, reading, language arts, writing, math, social sciences, computer activities, music, and art) breaks down the artificial barriers of subjects as individual units locked into specific time frames.". Also organized by science topic and has lots of activities that don't require a chemistry set!

Remember, the Catechism encourages us to pursue science: science and our Catholic faith are not in competetion with each other... God wants us to know about His wondrous creation! (CCC 32)

PS - my science lesson plans this year intertwined with our 1700s study - when/if you study that period Ben Franklin provides lots of science exploration fodder! There are many children's books with some of his experiments too!

Shirley

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