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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

3rd/4th Grade Chemistry Reading


Robert Boyle: Trailblazer of Science (Sowers) - John Tiner
Antoine Lavoisier and the revolution in chemistry (Immoratals of science) - Rebecca B Marcus
Louis Pasteur by Francene Sabin
Marie Curie Brave Scientist by Keith Brandt
Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium - Carla Killough McClafferty
There are also the old Value Tales books that feature individuals but they are OOP but are great biographies.


The Ogre Downstairs - Diana Wynne Jones
Casper, Johnny, and Gwinny are sure they'll never be happy again when their mother marries Jack, who is as mean as an ogre. To make matters worse, two obnoxious stepbrothers, Malcolm and Douglas, move in as well. No one -- except the parents -- seems happy. But when Jack gives a chemistry set to each group of kids, bigger problems take over. These are, it turns out, not your average chemicals. In one hilarious experiment after another, the kids discover they can fly, switch bodies with one another, and even disappear. If only they could figure out how to undo all of this! Are one combustible stepfamily and two explosive chemistry sets a formula for disaster?

The Lemonade Trick by Scott Corbett
From a review on Amazon: The book is mildly entertaining, but the characters are flat and -- with a few exceptions -- the action is relatively predictable. Written for boys (although not inaccessible to girls), the book's only female characters are all adults. Our Hero, Kerby, is a Boy's Boy of 1960. He makes messes, resists doing his chores and stays out playing too late, but he isn't really a bad boy, and in fact, his parents worry about him when he behaves like a perfect angel. Naturally, Kerby has a faithful dog, who like him, gets into trouble but isn't really truly bad. Bumps Burton is the typical Misunderstood Bully, with standard bully name. Fenton Claypool is the Good Boy who is not so good as to be (in the author's words) "prissy"; Fenton's goodness allows the author to add one of the few truly surprising plot twists to the book. The adults also fit neat stereotypes, such as The Nosy Neighbor Lady and the Frazzled but Hyper-Organized Pagent Director.

The basic plot is: Kerby does a good deed for an Eccentric Old Lady in Distress. The old lady gives Kerby a magic chemistry set. Strange things begin to happen. Is the set really magic? Who is the old lady? And how will Kerby avoid getting his nose twisted by Bumps?

The Chemy Called Al by Wendy Isdell
Back by popular request! Newly revised and expanded, this is the second edition of the popular sequel to the fiction title, "A Gebra Named Al" by Wendy Isdell. Julie finds herself lost once more in the land of Science, which borders Mathematics. With the help of some scientific horses and a mysterious lion, she learns about the roots of chemistry, the history of alchemy, and the four states of matter. Fiction, educational. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
I'm going to read this first but it seems like a lot of fun

TJ and the Rockets by (Hazel) H.J. Hutchins
TJ's grandmother gives him a rocket kit, perfect for his science project, if only he can get it off the ground. Ms. K's class is determined to have science fair projects that are as good as Mr. Wilson's class. Seymour, as usual is working on something extra special. There have been some mysterious thefts at TJ's parents' hardware store that are occurring when TJ and Seymour are at the store. Concerned about being wrongfully accused, TJ and Seymour set out to catch the thief. As always, there is lots of fun and excitement when TJ and Seymour get together. Fans of this series will enjoy reading the latest installment. Readers who are meeting TJ and Seymour for the first time will be looking for their other adventures. Andrea Gordon Not sure about the chemistry element to this story but it is a good chapter book about a child liking science

The Elemental Tooth Fairy - Elaine Kuracina Brehm
This children's book is full-page color illustrations about what the tooth fairy does with all the teeth she collects. It is written to create curiosity about science. For example,the Calcium in the tooth goes to make eggshells and seashells. The Magnesium makes the white light in fireworks. The child can create a tooth fairy picture on the last page.

The Crimecracker Kids and the Bake Shop Break-in by John Hill and Marilyn D. Duerst
a children’s mystery book in which the reader is directed to perform simple, safe experiments in the kitchen, as the mystery unfolds. Not until the final chapters is the reader sure of the identity of the kitchen powders stolen from the Bake Shop, and the field of suspects narrowed. You’ll have to read the book and do the experiments in order to find out how the neighborhood kids dream up a plan to nail the thief at their small town’s summer festival!

The Last Alchemist by Colin Thompson


Oxygen and the Group 16 Elements (The Periodic Table) - Nigel Saunders
Carbon and the Group 14 Elements (The Periodic Table) - Nigel Saunders there are quite a few of these btw
Atoms (Simply Science) - Melissa Stewart
What Is Matter? (Rookie Read-About Science) - Don L. Curry
What Is the World Made Of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2) - Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Hydrogen And The Noble Gases (True Books) - Salvatore Tocci quite a few of these too
The Periodic Table (True Books) - Salvatore Tocci
How to Think Like a Scientist: Answering Questions by the Scientific Method - Stephen P. Kramer
What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew? - Robert E. Wells

The Magic School Bus Ups And Downs: A Book About Floating And Sinking by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan
The Magic School Bus Baked in a Cake by Joanna Cole
The Magic School Bus Gets Ready, Set, Dough by Joanna Cole (Kitchen chemistry)

Lakeshore Elementary ( has a Learning Science Library for matter (grades 1-3) that is 30.50, (Item GG-867) and activity tubs For Grades 4-6, Matter library EE-190 for $35.

Another cool thing I found was at ETA. Periodic Table Connecting Tiles Great for Hands-on!
and of course other bookmarked sites I have for Chemistry Chemistry Bookmarks

More books: Children's Chemistry Literature

If you have any that you have enjoyed with your young chemists, please share!



Anonymous said...

Just great Jessica!!

LisaWA said...

Wow... what a plan! Im not sure if you are even interested but here is a link for alp book you can make for also offers a few book sugestions and other great resources...


Mom2legomaniacs said...

Ok, you have got to send some of that planning energy my way! You amaze me with what comes so naturally and easily for you.

I have a large set of the Value Tales books. My neighbor was cleaning out some things and thought we might like them. We did not know then how cool and valuable they are! I am glad we kept them rather than getting rid of them.

Thanks for sharing your information with slackers like me. Well, not totally a slacker. Just not a super planner gal like you ;-)


jubilee said...

FYI: Value Tale Books are being republished.

Pricer than buying used.

Thank you for sharing:O)


my5wolfcubs said...

We're doing Chemistry this coming semester! From RR, I ordered The Elements: Ingredients of the Universe Intro to Chemistry for my 5th & 7th grader and a Singapore Earlybird Science 3 Chem workbook for my 2nd grader -- your literature list should round out the learning! :)