The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat: I cannot wait to show this book to my first graders! They LOVE the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems, and this clever mathematical book features them reading this book. 🙂 Dan Santat, the author, does an amazing job conveying emotion and problem solving in this Caldecott Award winner. This story is a great pause-and-activity book for readers…There are four friends, but just three cookies…how would you solve this problem?
Gus’s Garage by Leo Timmers: Gus’s local garage is a problem-solving station, as he used “bits and bobs” to create just the modifications his animal friends need. This story would be a great preK-1 book to not only support a problem-solving lesson, or a makerspace, but also for an animal unit. Gus needs to provide just the right modification based on the animal friend that comes to visit him.
The Secret Project by Jonah Winter. Illustrated by Jeanette Winter: This one left me really thinking. A picture book on the making of the atomic bomb in 1943 in New Mexico. The darkness, the secrecy, the impact. This is definitely one for a deeper dive, particularly as an introduction, and one that will bring forth student opinion, interest, and passion.
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The use of fictional stories is an effective pathway to your student's science background knowledge, interest and understanding.
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