“Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover” by Markus Motum

Did you know that the latest Mars rover, Curiosity, was named by a sixth-grader from Kansas? I didn’t, nor did I know so many of the intricate details that went into preparing the Mars rover.

A fascinating read, told by the fictional perspective of Curiosity, this story provides readers with the why and how of this landmark event. I loved the play between non-fiction and the fictional point of view. It reminds me of a RAFT prompt (will share that at the end).

The illustrations, also by author Markus Motum, are packed full of detail, but are not overwhelming. They could stand alone as a wordless book, but I, not knowing too much about Curiosity, am grateful for all the informational words, and I think you would be, too!

The personification of the robot, brings more readers/minds to this subject, and therefore more “curiosity”. I love that! 😀

Here is a link to add this book to your classroom, home, or library: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-Story-Rover-Markus-Motum/dp/0763695041/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=curiosity+the+story+of+a+mars+rover&qid=1561673157&s=books&sprefix=curiosity&sr=1-1

It is great for all curious minds.

Now for more about RAFT. RAFT is a writing strategy that explores genre, purpose, and the writing techniques that makes them successful. The “format” could be something word heavy, like an letter to an editor, or an op-ed, or it could be a text or a haiku. 😀

I recently completely a RAFT as an end-of-the-day assignment from a summer class I was taking. I choose to write a text to a friend about what the purpose of a claim is in argument writing. (Do you see the formative assessment in this? 😁). Notice I said I choose this. Another great aspect of a RAFT is all the choice for students.

To learn even more, please see the information provided about this strategy from Read. Write. Think. A wonderful teaching resource: http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/strategy-guides/using-raft-writing-strategy-30625.html

Happy Reading and Writing! ❤️

“Poetree”

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Written by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds

Illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani

This is a popular book, at least locally. I had wanted to share this post back in April, during National Poetry Month, but it just became available at the library. I think poets have a lot in common with scientists. They each observe the world around them in unique ways and have ways to capture those observations. They also both wonder, and they both employ their creativity as they interact with the world around them.

So, when I saw this book, while on my library site’s homepage. I just had to reserve it. It is about a young girl who writes a poem about spring and shares it with her community birch tree.

"Spring is here at last. I hope it doesn't end too fast. Like a bee I'll sniff each flower, And I'll enjoy each springy hour (so much)."

And the tree writes back…or does it?

A book about poetry, friendship, spring, observation, and interaction with nature, this book is a great collection to your classroom library.

Consider poetry as a pathway into science or through science or as a way to communicate what observed and learned. The two, poets and scientists, have a lot in common, and this pathway may just be the one that helps a student see the scientist in themselves (or the poet).