Science Books for Investigating Spring

 

The following table lists the science trade books described in the Lansing School District's e-Homework: Science -- Investigating Spring cable television program aired in April and May 2006, with Dr. R. Timothy Smith, LSD's Elementary Science Teacher Specialist, and Ms. Cassie Veselovsky, the Director of the Children's Library at the Capital Area District Library (CADL).  All of these books can be borrowed from the Capital Area District Library.  For more information about the children's book collection at the CADL call Ms. Veselovsky at (517) 334-1525.  For comments or questions regarding the e-Homework science program send an e-mail with your name, grade, and school to:  e-Homework.Science@lansingschools.net

 

Author

Illustrator

Copyright

Title

LSD Grade(s)

Description

Aldrich, Lisa J.

 

2005

Nikola Tesla and the Taming of Electricity

4* & 5

A biography of the electrical engineer whose inventions included an amplifier, an arc light, transformer, Tesla coils, rotating magnetic field motors for alternating current, and many others.

Bulla, Clyde Robert

Schuett, Stacey

1960 / 2001

Tree Is a Plant, A

1, 3, & 4*

Through impressionistic paintings and a simple text, the book describes an apple tree's seasonal cycle.

Carle, Eric

 Carle, Eric

1987

Tiny Seed, The

1 & 3

A simple description of a flowering plant's life cycle through the seasons.

Fowler, Allan

 

2001

From Seed to Plant

1 & 3

Describes the development of a seed into a plant by means of pollination, fertilization, and seed dispersal.

Fradin, Dennis Brinde

O'Brien, John

2002

Who Was Ben Franklin?

4* & 5

A brief biography of the young colonial printer who became a famous author, scientist, and inventor.

Galvin, Laura Gates

Kest, Kristin

2000

Bumblebee at Apple Tree Lane

x2 & 4

Bumblebee emerges from hibernation, builds a nest, lays eggs, and begins the process of creating a busy bumblebee colony.

Gibbons, Gail

 Gibbons, Gail

2002

Tell Me, Tree: All about Trees for Kids

1, 3, & 4*

Describes different kinds of trees and how to identify them, and presents the many parts of a tree, inside and out, with detailed cutaway illustrations and labels.

Goodman, Susan E.

Doolittle, Michael J. [Photographs]

2001

Seeds, Stems, and Stamens: The Ways Plants Fit into Their World

x1, 3, & 4*

Examines many of the different adaptations plants use to compete for sunshine, get water and nutrients, stay safe, and make new plants.

Gutman, Dan

 

2002

Qwerty Stevens: Stuck in Time with Benjamin Franklin

4* & 5

After accidentally sucking Benjamin Franklin into twenty-first-century New Jersey with his Anytime Anywhere machine, thirteen-year-old Qwerty Stevens and his best friend almost wind up stuck in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, when they try to send him back.

Himmelman, John

 Himmelman, John

2001

Mealworm's Life, A

2

Describes the daily activities and life cycle of the mealworm beetle.

Hughes, Monica

 

2004

Pill Bugs

2

Explains particular features of crustacea, what they look like, what they eat, how they grow and change, and how they reproduce.

Korman, Susan

Marchesi, Stephen

2000

Box Turtle at Silver Pond Lane

x2 & 4

Box Turtle feeds, sleeps in a hollow log until near dark, builds her nest, and lays four eggs, thus completing her job as a mother.

Korman, Susan

Bond, Higgins

2003

Groundhog at Evergreen Road

x2 & 4

A young groundhog builds a burrow of his own for the first time in a backyard that has plenty of food and other conveniences.

Lee, Fran

 Lee, Fran

2005

Backyard Birding for Kids: A Field Guide & Activities

2 & 4

This informative field guide and activity book teaches children about birds of all varieties, in the city, country, desert, or at the beach -- because no matter where you go, you're bound to spot a bird!

Llamas, Andreu

Casadevali, Gabriel, and Ali Garousi

1996

Crustaceans: Armored Omnivores

2 & 4

Describes the physical characteristics, habitat, behavior, for various kinds of these armored invertebrates.

Maynard, Chris

 

2001

Backyard Science

xK, x1, x2, x3, & 4

Encourages children to explore the world of science using everyday materials and supplies.

Nankivell-Aston, Sally, and Dorothy Jackson

 

2000

Science Experiments with Electricity

4* & 5

Explores the properties of electricity through experiments designed to be informative and fun, using readily available equipment.

Nolen, Jerdine

Catrow, David

2002

Plantzilla

3 & 4*

In a fanciful series of letters a boy, his science teacher, and his parents discuss the progress of a very unusual, sometimes frightening, plant that seemingly becomes more human as the summer progresses.

Parker, Steve

 

1992 / 2000

Electricity

4* & 5

Discusses the properties of electricity and describes how it is made and used.

Platt, Richard

 

1999

Plants Bite Back!

3 & x4*x

Introduces stinging plants, poisonous plants, and plants that capture and devour animals.

Pyers, Greg

 

2005

Butterflies Up Close

K & 2

Answers questions about butterflies such as where they live, what is inside their body, and how they smell, taste, see, touch, and hear.

Pyers, Greg

 

2005

Pill Bugs Up Close

2

Discusses the physical characteristics and behavior of pill bugs, which are a kind of crustacean.

Roberts, Russell

 

2004

Philo T. Farnsworth: The Life of Television's Forgotten Inventor

4* & 5

A biography of the persistent inventor whose interest in electricity led him to develop an electronic television system in the 1920s.

Rockwell, Anne

Halsey, Megan

2002

Becoming Butterflies

K & 2

A class observes the various stages caterpillars go through to become butterflies.

Sidman, Joyce

Prange, Beckie

2005

Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems

x2 & 4

A collection of poems that provide a look at some of the animals, insects, and plants that are found in ponds, with accompanying information about each.

Wallace, Karen

 

2000

Born to Be a Butterfly

K & 2

Simple text and excellent photographs describe the stages by which a butterfly develops from an egg.

Zemlicka, Shannon

 

2004

Thomas Edison

4* & 5

An introduction to the life of Thomas Edison, who invented the light bulb, the phonograph, and moving pictures.

Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner

Snyder, Joel

1994

Fawn at Woodland Way

x2 & 4

Mother and Fawn spend a day in the woods before returning at night to the tasty lilac bush in someone's backyard.

 

    *  Fourth grade students have studied electricity during the second marking period, and plants during the third marking period, so these books may also be of interest to them, even while they are investigating ecosystems in science during the fourth marking period.

 

 

x Color Key: x
K & 2
  =  Animals x
1 & 3
  =  Plants x
4
  =  Ecosystems x
5
  =  Electricity

Fourth marking period content focus by grade level.

 

 

Last Updated:  2006.05.08  by RTSmith