Monday, April 27, 2020

Synergy: Paleontology

Paleontology is the study of ancient life including dinosaurs and prehistoric plants and animals. Scientists use fossil evidence to learn about how these organisms have evolved over time.
1000 FACTS ABOUT DINOSAURS, FOSSILS and PREHISTORIC LIFE by Patricia Daniels is filled with fascinating information for budding paleontologists. Each two-page spread focuses on a specific theme and provides facts, photographs or illustrations to bring the information to life for young readers.
The American Museum of Natural History Paleontology for Kids website contains games, stories, hands-on activities, and videos for youth interested in science and specifically paleontology.
American Museum of Natural History Paleontology for Kids
ARC courtesy of National Geographic Kids.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Synergy: Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. The ADA requires reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities and accessibility to public spaces. Before the act was passed, disabilities rights activists shed their assistive devices and crawled up the 100 steps of the Capitol to show support for the bill.
ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP by Annette Bay Pimentel tells the true story of Jennifer Keelan, a second grader with cerebral palsy who participated in the “Capitol Crawl” and other activities to promote awareness of disabilities.
Jennifer Keelan describes her experience climbing the Capitol Steps in a YouTube video. Learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at the US Department of Justice website.
ARC courtesy of Sourcebooks Explore.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Synergy: Manhattan

Manhattan is one of five boroughs of New York City. This densely populated island is one of the original counties of the state of New York. It’s been described as the cultural, financial, and entertainment capital of the world.
Read the recently published children’s book on this topic, then learn more at the website:
MANHATTAN: MAPPING THE STORY OF AN ISLAND by Jennifer Thermes takes readers back through time examining how this island has evolved over the past 400 years. Filled with fascinating historical maps, informative sidebars, and illustrations of specific people and places, picture book readers learn about both the natural world and the people who have inhabited this metropolis.
The Historical NYC Maps & Atlases from the New York Public Library web page provide links to historical maps of Manhattan from 17th through the 20th century. Students will enjoy comparing these historical maps to the book’s illustrations.
Historical NYC Maps & Atlases
ARC courtesy of Abrams Books for Young Readers

Monday, April 06, 2020

Synergy: Ocean Exploration

From amazing animals and high-tech gear to deep sea diving, oceans are exciting places to explore.
Read the recently published children’s book on this topic, then learn more at the website:
EXTREME OCEAN by Sylvia A. Earle shares the adventures of an American marine biologist. From deep sea dives to environmental disaster relief, Earle explores the ocean and its wildlife. Each chapter includes field notes, facts, and hands-on activities. Readers are invited to conduct their own investigations.
Sylvia A. Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Visitors to the NOAA website can learn about this government agency and try out a variety of hands-on activities in the education section.
National Geographic Kids Ocean Portal
U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
ARC courtesy of National Geographic Kids.