(If you want to retell any of the stories listed below, be sure
to obtain permission from the copyright holder if the material
is not in the public domain)
OF SCIENCE: 50 Fascinating 5-Minute Reads
by Kendall Haven.
Written by a research-scientist-turned-storyteller, this collection
of 50 short reads is packed with intrigue, drama, mystery, risk,
tragedy, and triumph. The author focuses on the characters, events,
and moments of genius that comprise the story of science. Ideal
for both read-alouds and reading assignments, tales, such as Funny
Rubber (the story of how silly putty was invented) and
Circles of the Sun (the story of
Nicolaus Copernicus and astronomy in 1499), take just minutes
to read but amply illustrate scientific principles and the evolution
of science through history. Discussion questions and additional
references correlate the story with elements of the science curriculum
and provide direction for students to pursue their own discoveries.
Stories are cross-indexed by year of occurrence and by scientist.
A great addition to the library collection and a wonderful resource
for library media specialists, teachers, substitute teachers,
students, and storytellers. Grades 3 and Up. Kendall Haven is
an author and a research scientist-turned-storyteller based in
Santa Rosa, California.
1994 xxii, 238p. paper
2) Day of the Moon Shadow: Tales With Ancient
Answers to Scientific Questions
3) Science Fair projects:
4) For anyone looking for a great scientist story, there is Dr.
Sylvia Earle, an American hero deserving of as much celebration
as our NASA astronauts, but who is relatively unknown. From a
National Wildlife magazine bio, Sylvia
Earle's Excellent Adventure.
5) Isaac's Storm
by Erik Larson, Crown Publishers 1990 ISBN 0-609-60233-0)
A historical novel based on
the life of Isaac Cline, meteorologist at Galveston during the
1900 Storm, most fatal hurricane ever in the USA. It's full of
little anecdotes about meteorological history.
6) The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle, and
Other Surprising Stories About Inventions, by Don L. Wulffson.
(Cobblehill Books 1997)
Each of the 100+ inventions gets one page, so the stories are
quite short, memorable, easy-to-learn.
7) Insect Man by Eleanor Doorly,
Penguin 1936. It's a children's book, containing some excerpts
Entomologique by Jean
Henri Fabre (1823-1915).
8) There are a couple of autobiographical books by the late great
scientist Richard Feynmann. One of them is called Surely
You're Joking, Mr Feynmann? These are hysterically funny,
informative, explanatory, and very entertaining as even a light,
casual read. Feynmann was delightful, playful, mischievous, as
well as being a world class research scientist.
9) Figures, Facts & Fables; Telling
Tales in Science and Math by Barbara
Lipke Heinemann, 1996
10) There's Michael Caduto and Joseph Bruchac's
Keepers of the Earth; Native American Stories
and Environmental Activities for Children. Fulcrum,
1988. LOTS of science connections in this one!
Using Stories to Teach Science and Math.
It contains several articles within that section by Jennie Nash,
Joan Leotta, Gail de Vos, and Suzanne Martin, so it's a fairly
good overview of the topic. The book is from when NSN was the
National Storytelling Association, & they're officially the
author of Tales as Tools: The Power
of Story in the Classroom from National
Storytelling Press (NSA), 1994.
12) That's Weird! Awesome Science Mysteries
by Kendall F. Haven, Jason Lynch (Illustrator)
List Price: $19.95
Kendall Haven, the only West Point graduate and working scientist
in the United States to become a full-time storyteller, has performed
for more than 3 million people. He has published more than 35
stories on audiotape and has more than 200 stories in book form.
He lives and writes in northern California.
13) Here's a fun one to check out:
14) A fascinating science/history stories is that of Isaac Cline,
the meteorologist on duty in Galveston in 1900 when the USA's
most deadly storm ever struck that coastal city. There are many
books and resources on the topic, but a very good one is Isaac's
Storm by Eric Larsen.
There's one at the library called Science
and Stories: Integrating Science and Stories, by Hilarie
N. Staton. (GoodyYear Books, 1994, ISBN 0673360830). According
to the description: "Here's a surefire way to spark interest
in both reading and science. The authors provide reading strategies
and activities for 24 popular children's books you can use to
teach primary-level science. Activities covering oral language,
writing, and cooperative learning apply the science concepts."
This might be a good resource for her to use to select titles.
web page updated 8/10/03)