Book Summary: “A boy. A boat. A rainy day. An adventure.”
A wordless book that caused me to smile from start to finish. My mind quickly recalled my own newspaper creations, both while engineering on my own and as apprentice to my in-home expert, my brother. My mind also recalled my classroom days and the endless fascination and experiments a simple piece of paper held–something we often need reminded of in the land of tools and toys.
Design process-sharing about the process
Students as engineers-sharing about their creations to lead to a group or individual experiment or challenge. Potential connection to variables.
Observing the cause and effect of a new adventure
Oral language development: giving words to the story, sharing about their own creations as a connection to both writing and science where they are the expert
Ability to relate to the story: text-to-self connections
Parent/Guardian-Child connections (or in my case sibling connections): bring the home experiences to school and school experiences back to the home
Students as engineers: personal stories where they are the expert
Following an adventure: redefining “play” as a positive learning time
This site was designed to help educators find fictional stories to incorporate into their science lessons.
The use of fictional stories is an effective pathway to your student's science background knowledge, interest and understanding.
This site was also developed in response to a Literature Review that asked: How are females of color portrayed in science-based fictional picture books? A summary of that literature review can be found in the "About" tab.