“Every Action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction”: 8 K-12 Science Resources During COVID-19

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Every Action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction”

-Sir Isaac Newton, third law of motion

 

The fourth in Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs here, here, and here on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19 focuses on science education.

Going back several years, we’ve worked to highlight great figures in science, including Sir Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei, Nicolaus Copernicus, Guglielmo Marconi, and Marie Curie, with the hopes of showing the general public, educators, parents, and students the genius of scientific thinking and how scientists can positively shape our civilization. In addition to discussing current K-12 education policy matters, these op-eds provide the important context for appreciating scientific revolutions.

Other resources for parents and their schoolchildren to explore, include:

1) Who Was? series:

“Born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867, Marie Curie was forbidden to attend the male-only University of Warsaw, so she enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris to study physics and mathematics… Later Marie won another Nobel award for chemistry in 1911…”

 

Additional Resources:

http://www.whowasbookseries.com/books/who-was-isaac-newton/

http://www.whowasbookseries.com/books/who-was-galileo/

http://www.whowasbookseries.com/books/who-was-nikola-tesla/

http://www.whowasbookseries.com/books/who-was-marie-curie/

http://www.whowasbookseries.com/books/who-was-thomas-alva-edison/

http://www.whowasbookseries.com/books/who-was-albert-einstein/

http://www.whowasbookseries.com/books/who-was-stephen-hawking/

http://www.whowasbookseries.com/books/who-was-neil-armstrong/

http://www.whowasbookseries.com/books/who-was-ben-franklin/

http://www.whowasbookseries.com/books/who-is-jane-goodall/

http://www.whowasbookseries.com/books/who-was-sally-ride/

http://www.whowasbookseries.com/books/who-was-george-washington-carver/

http://www.whowasbookseries.com/books/where-is-our-solar-system/

 

2) Joy Hakim’s science books:

“In the three-book The Story of Science series, master storyteller Joy Hakim… students follow the achievements and frustrations of Galileo, Kepler, and Descartes, they will appreciate the amazing Isaac Newton, whose discoveries about gravity, motion, colors, calculus, and Earth’s place in the universe set the stage for modern physics, astronomy, mathematics, and chemistry.”

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C1LB1OE/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i10

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C1LB0IG/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i11

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XRVV4M1/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p2_i1

 

3) Aliki Let’s Read Science1 My Five Senses, Fossils Tell of Long Ago…

“Sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch—our five senses teach us about our world. Beloved author-illustrator Aliki’s simple, engaging text and colorful artwork show young readers how they use their senses… This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6.”

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/006238192X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062382071/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i3

https://www.amazon.com/Digging-Dinosaurs-Lets-Read-Find-Out-Science/dp/0064450783/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2DDE9AUTN9AXK&dchild=1&keywords=digging+up+dinosaurs&qid=1585838649&sprefix=digging+up+di%2Caps%2C169&sr=8-3

 

4) David Macaulay, The Way Things Work series

“From levers to lasers, from cameras to computers, this 384-page volume is a remarkable overview of the machines and inventions that shape our lives, amusingly presented with a large dose of Macaulay’s wit and personality…”

 

Additional Resources:

https://www.amazon.com/Way-Things-Work-Now/dp/0544824385/ref=sr_1_20?dchild=1&keywords=science+books+for+kids&qid=1585837553&s=books&sr=1-20

https://www.amazon.com/Way-We-Work-Getting-Amazing/dp/0618233784/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&qid=1585837630&refinements=p_27%3ADavid+Macaulay&s=books&sr=1-10&text=David+Macaulay

https://www.amazon.com/Built-Last-David-Macaulay/dp/0547342403/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585837701&sr=1-10

https://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Time-Steam-Engines-Journey/dp/1596434775/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1585837743&sr=1-13

 

5) Susan Wise Bauer’s history of science:

“In the tradition of her perennial bestseller The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer delivers an accessible, entertaining, and illuminating springboard into the scientific education you never had. Far too often, public discussion of science is carried out by journalists, voters, and politicians who have received their science secondhand.”

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NUB4ESK/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i9

 

6) Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series

“Five years in production, over 2,000 days in the field, using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations, shot entirely in high definition, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that captures rare action, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet’s best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers, this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the daily struggle for survival in Earth’s most extreme habitats.”

https://www.amazon.com/Planet-Earth-Complete-David-Attenborough/dp/B000MR9D5E

 

7) How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, Steven Johnson

“In this illustrated history, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes…”

https://www.amazon.com/How-We-Got-Now-Innovations/dp/1594632960/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

https://www.amazon.com/How-Got-Now-Steven-Johnson/dp/B00LLQ2A2S/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1Y4OZZD7RHI8T&dchild=1&keywords=how+we+got+to+now+dvd&qid=1585838041&s=movies-tv&sprefix=how+ee+got+to+now+%2Cmovies-tv%2C153&sr=1-2

 

8) Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, Michio Kaku

“In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times bestselling author… gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs.”

https://www.amazon.com/Physics-Future-Science-Shape-Destiny/dp/0385530803/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

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