Spring is here! These two books help 'germinate' ideas for gardening projects.
Gabe and the Green Thumb by David Miller
Gabe discovers the power of growing food as his magical green thumb is recognized at his State Fair.
Let It Grow by Mary Ann Fraser, Illustrated by Riley Samels
This book tells the story of a young boy who learns to grow a special pumpkin seed. What happens to the pumpkin? There is a surprise ending tied to a real-life adventure.
Use these books as a read-aloud to discuss the life cycle of plants and also as a writing prompt about growing magical plants. These books are great for STEM and gardening projects.
Before we get into that question, we wanted to feature author David Miller's Book Chef Toussaint. This book is the story of a master chef who uses his family recipes to create award-winning dishes. The book also features some recipes from the story, tips on how to cook, and safety in the kitchen.
Back to the question that was a debate a few weeks ago...
Check out the follow incredible Black male chefs on IG and then reask that question:
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Max Axiom, Super Scientist!
A comic series about a Black scientist with superpowers, Max Axiom’s main objective is to help children learn science in a fun and interactive way.
Max Axiom STEM adventures mirror science themes, concepts, vocabulary, and curriculum.
The engaging, super informative, graphic novels also use a 4D app to scan pages and reveal concepts in an engaging video format. Also included in the back matter are discussion questions, writing prompts, a glossary, additional books, and internet sites. Capstone, the publisher, provides a website with projects and games.
Age Range: 7 to 14 years
The final books in this Black men & STEM series pair hands-on tools to model scientific activity and inquiry.
The first book is The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just
by Mélina Mangal and Luisa Uribe. Students can mirror Ernest Everett Just, a world-renowned Biologist who discovered the fundamental role of the cell surface in the development of organisms. Student can use a digital microscope, like the one pictured in slide 3, to replicate similar activities of Dr Just.
We also have The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition, and picture book, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. The energy renewal kit replicates William Kamkwamba's windmill. The movie is also available on Netflix.
Thematic pairing of the the movie with the book and/or manipulatives can help students access texts that may be difficult leading to deeper comprehension and more inclusive discussion.
Hands-on learning is a form of education in which students learn by doing. Instead of simply listening to a teacher or instructor lecture about a given subject, the student engages with the subject matter to solve a problem or create something.
Fun fact: Ernest Everett Just was the faculty advisor who worked to mediate the founding of the Black Greek-lettered Fraternity Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.
Today we feature picture books of scientists' inventions.
Our favorite invention today, and also being hungry, is the potato chip! Invented by George Crum.
Cooking is food AND science literacy!
-Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
-What Color Is My World? By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld, Ben Boos & A. G. Ford
-Imaginative Inventions by Charise Mericle Harper
-Mr. Crum's Potato Predicament by Anne Renaud and Felicita Sala
-George Crum and the Saratoga Chip by Gaylia Taylor & Frank Morrison
Engage future scientists with these cool inventions they can relate to.
Did you know Dr. Turner was the first person to discover insects can hear?
Buzzing with Questions, the Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner, by Janice Harrington and Theodore Taylor, is a biography about how one boy’s curiosity became his calling. Turner had an undeniable need to wonder and experiment.
One of the highlights of this story is how scientific curiosity is followed from questions, to observation, to conclusion.
Even when faced with racial barriers he applied his knowledge of biology towards understanding humanity. He was a community activist.
Use this in science classes to demonstrate aspects of the scientific method and observation.
Add fiction books like Hank’s Big Day by Evan Kuhlman & Chuck Groenink and non-fiction books to expand curiosity and learning.
Fast Facts About Dr. Charles Henry Turner:
If you like insects, arachnids, and other creepy crawlers, you are a budding entomologist, a scientist who studies insects or a arachnologist, one who studies spiders, mites, ticks, or scorpions.
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