Carolina Biological K-8 Curriculum - March 2023

More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, K-4

by: Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan

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Teachers raved when NSTA Press published Picture-Perfect Science Lessons .* They loved its lively mix of kid-magnet books, Standards-based science content and ready-to-teach lessons. So what could be more perfect? More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons! This volume offers 15 new lessons that combine picture books and inquiry to develop students’ interest in science and reading.

The sequel follows the winning formula that made the first book an NSTA best seller. The lessons, following the 5E instructional model developed by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) cover a variety of science content—physical science, life science, and Earth and Space Science. They include reproducible student pages and assessments. They feature embedded reading-comprehension strategies. And they make students yearn to learn from such engaging fiction and nonfiction books as Diary of a Worm, Sunshine On My Shoulders, How Big is a Foot? and Leo Cockroach, Toy Tester.

The authors know how important it is for time-starved teachers to integrate science and reading in a natural way and how students with reading troubles can use an extra nudge to get engaged in science texts. More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons is the perfect supplement to your science program—and the perfect way to help students develop a love of reading and learning about science.

*Teachers weren’t the only ones raving! Picture-Perfect won the Distinguished Achievement Award for Teacher Resource Books from the Association of Educational Publishers.

Table of Contents




About the Authors

About the Picture-Perfect Science Program

Chapter 1

Why Read Picture Books in Science Class?

Chapter 2

Reading Aloud

Chapter 3

Teaching Science Through Inquiry

Chapter 4

BSCS 5E Instructional Model

Chapter 5

National Science Education Standards

Chapter 6


Bubble, Bubble and Pop! A Book About Bubbles

Chapter 7

How Big Is a Foot?

How Big Is a Foot? and How Tall, How Short, How Faraway

Chapter 8

Hear Your Heart

Hear Your Heart and The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness

Chapter 9

Loco Beans

Lucas and His Loco Beans: A Bilingual Tale of the Mexican Jumping Bean

Chapter 10

Wiggling Worms

Diary of a Worm and Wiggling Worms at Work

Chapter 11

Over in the Ocean

Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef and Coral Reef Animals

Chapter 12

Be a Friend to Trees

Our Tree Named Steve and Be a Friend to Trees

Chapter 13

That Magnetic Dog

That Magnetic Dog and Magnetic and Nonmagnetic

Chapter 14

Roller Coasters

Roller Coaster and I Fall Down

Chapter 15

Mirror, Mirror

What Did They See? and I See Myself

Chapter 16

If You Find a Rock

If You Find a Rock and Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smooth, and Rough

Chapter 17
Sunshine on My Shoulders

Sunshine on My Shoulders

Chapter 18


When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer and Spots of Light: A Book About Stars

Chapter 19

Imaginative Inventions

Imaginative Inventions and Leo Cockroach, Toy Tester

Chapter 20

A Sense of Wonder

John Muir: America’s Naturalist, Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder, and The Important Book



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