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The Historical Perspective

Within each topic, links and information are organized by (1) Science Trade Books which are arranged using the Dewey Decimal Classification System, (2) Websites, and other resources are used.

 

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Science Trade Books: Grade level reading*

500 – Pure Science – Note: Trade books which are related to the history of science are included in this section.

 

What is Science

 

 

 

Simple Science Fair Projects

 

 

Threads from the Web of Life

The Giraffe who was Afraid of Heights, by David A. Ufer   Curr E Ufe
In Praise of Science: Curiosity, Understanding, and Progress, by Sander Bais Intermediate (6-8)
Advanced (9-12)
Curr 500 Bai
The Big Idea Science Book: Incredible Concepts That Show How Science Works in the Real World, by Matilda Gollon Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Advanced (9-12)
Curr 500 Big
13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time, by Michael Brooks Advanced (9-12) Curr 500 Bro
Science: The Definitive Visual Guide, by Adam Hart-Davis Advanced (9-12) Curr 500 DK
What Is Science?, by Rebecca Kai Dotlich Primary (K-2) Curr 500 Dot
Boltzmann's Tomb: Travels in Search of Science, by Bill Green Advanced (9-12) Curr 500 Gre
Why Does a Ball Bounce?: 101 Questions You Never Thought of Asking, by Adam Hart-Davis   Curr 500 Har
Dr. Art's Guide to Science: Connecting Atoms, Galaxies, and Everything in Between, by Art Sussman   Curr 500 Sus
S is for Scientists, by Larry Verstraete Primary (K-2)
Elementary (3-5)
Curr 500 Ver
World Book's Science & Nature Guides, 14 volumes   Curr 500 Wor
One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Science, by Eric and Natalie Yoder   Curr 500 Yod
The Farthest Shore: A 21st Century Guide to Space, by Joseph N. Pelton and Angelia P. Buckley Advanced (9-12) Curr 500.5 Far
Science Detectives: How Scientists Solved Six Real-Life Mysteries, by the Editors of YES Magazine Primary (K-2) Elementary (3-5) Curr 501 Sci
Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style, by Randy Olso Advanced (9-12) Curr 501.4 Ols
Why Sh*t Happens: The Science of a Really Bad Day, by Peter J. Ben   Curr 502 Ben
How to Be a Scientist: Watch Out! Science Tools and Safety, by Susan Glass   Curr 502.8 Gla
The New Book of Popular Science: Astronomy, Space Science, Mathematics, and Past and Future, Vol. 1   Curr 503 New v.1
The New Book of Popular Science: Earth Sciences, Energy, and Environmental Sciences, Vol. 2   Curr 503 New v.2
The New Book of Popular Science: Chemistry, Physics, and Biology, Vol. 3   Curr 503 New v.3
The New Book of Popular Science: Plant Life and Animal Life, Vol. 4   Curr 503 New v.4
The New Book of Popular Science: Mammals and Human Sciences, Vol. 5   Curr 503 New v.5
The New Book of Popular Science: Technology, Vol. 6   Curr 503 New v.6
Sports Science, by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone
About the Author
Elementary (3-5) Curr 507 Lev
Scientific American: More Simple Science Fair Projects, Grades 3-5, by Salvatore Tocci   Curr 507 Toc
How to Be a Scientist: Analyze This! Understanding the Scientific Method, by Susan Glass Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Curr 507.2 Gla
Last-Minute Science Fair Projects: When Your Bunsen's Not Burning but the Clock's Really Ticking, by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
About the Author
Interview with Author
Intermediate (6-8) Curr 507.8 Bar
Science on the Loose: Amazing Activities and Science Facts You'll Never Believe, by Helaine Becker   Curr 507.8 Bec
We Dare You! Hundreds of Fun Science Bets, Challenges, and Experiments You Can Do at Home, by Vicki Cobb and Kathy Darling Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Curr 507.8 Cob
The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science, by Sean Connolly
About the Book
Podcast
Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Curr 507.8 Con
Science Project Helper, by Mike Dickinson Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Advanced (9-12)
Curr 507.8 D56
Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, A Robot Named Scorch and What It Takes To Win, by Judy Dutton Advanced (9-12) Curr 507.8 Dut
Stomp Rockets, Catapults, and Kaleidoscopes: 30+ Amazing Science Projects You Can Build for Less than $1, by Curt Gabrielson   Curr 507.8 Gab
Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home - But Probably Shouldn't, by Theodore Gray Advanced (9-12) Curr 507.8 Gra
Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge: Taking Science to the Extreme!, by Rosanna Hansen and Sherry Gerstein
Website
Intermediate (6-8) Curr 507.8 Han
What's the Plan? Designing Your Experiment, by Natalie Hyde Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Curr 507.8 Hyd
Exploratopia, by Pat Murphy and Ellen Macaulay
About the Book
Lesson Plan
Podcast
Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Curr 507.8 Mur
Mythbusters: Don't Try This At Home, by Mary Packard   Curr 507.8 Pac
Janice VanCleave's Big Book of Play and Find Out Science Projects, by Janice VanCleave Primary (K-2)
Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Curr 507.8 Van
The Amateur Naturalist, by Nick Baker
About the Book
Lesson Plan
Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Advanced (9-12)
Curr 508 Bak
Sunny Days and Starry Nights: Nature activities, by Nancy Castaldo   Curr 508 Cas
Threads from the Web of Life: Stories in Natural History, by Stephen Daubert   Curr 508 Dau
What are Opposites in Nature?, by Bobbie Kalman Primary (K-2) Curr 508 Kal
Practical Naturalist: Explore the Wonders of the Natural World, by Chris Packham Primary (K-2)
Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Curr 508 Pra
What in the Wild? Mysteries of Nature Concealed...and Revealed, by David Schwartz and Yael Schy Elementary (3-5) Curr 508 Sch
Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery, by David  Attenborough   Curr 508.022 Att
What Darwin Saw: The Journey that Changed the World, by Rosalyn Schanzer
Lesson Plans
Primary (K-2)
Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Curr 508.092 Sch
Paint a Sun in the Sky, by Claire Llewellyn   Curr 508.2 Lle
Every Season, by Shelley Rotner and Anne Love Woodhull
About the Author
Primary (K-2)
Elementary (3-5)
Curr 508.2 Rot
Bayshore Summer: Finding Eden in a Most Unlikely Place, by Pete Dunne Advanced (9-12) Curr 508.749 Dun
The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg, by Robert P. Crease Intermediate (6-8)
Advanced (9-12)
Curr 509 Cre
Science, Technology, and Society: The People Behind the Science, by Katherine Cullen   Curr 509 Cul
With a Little Luck: Surprising Stories of Amazing Discoveries, by Dennis Brindell Fradin Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Advanced (9-12)
Curr 509 Fra
The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension, by Joy Hakim
Video
Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Advanced (9-12)
Curr 509 Hak
100 Greatest Science Discoveries of All Time, by Hendall Haven Intermediate (6-8)
Advanced (9-12)
Curr 509 Hav
The Illustrated Timeline of Science: A Crash Course in Words & Pictures, by Sidney Strickland, PhD, with Eliza Strickland Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Advanced (9-12)
Curr 509 Str
Robert Hooke: Creative Genius, Scientist, Inventor, by Mary Gow Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Curr 509.2 Gow
Eyewitness: Great Scientists, by Jacqueline Fortey Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Curr 509.22 For
920 - Biography and Geneology

Dangerous Engine

The Darwin Experience: The Story of the Man and His Theory of Evolution, by John Van Wyhe
Lesson Plans
Intermediate (6-8)
Advanced (9-12)
Curr 921 Van
The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak, by Tomek Bogacki Elementary (3-5)
Intermediate (6-8)
Curr 923.6 Bog
A Dangerous Engine: Benjamin Franklin, from Scientist to Diplomat, by Joan Dash   Curr 973.3 Das

*Science trade books listed are in the Murphy Library CMC collection and are reviewed in Science Books & Films’ Best List  and/or NSTA’s Outstanding Science Trade Books.

Science Trade Books: Teacher resources - AAAS Project 2061’s Resources [Ch 10] *Note: if the books in this resource are not in the Murphy Library collection, please try Universal Borrowing.

Websites**

History/Philosophy of Science

** Each website topic is linked to the AAAS’ NetWatch archive.

Other Resources – Films, Software, etc.