The Acadia Files: Book Two, Autumn Science

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The book so nice that I received it twice. I’ve got two copies of this what we in the home school world call a “living science” book to give away!

I’ll give one copy away on Instagram and one on Facebook. Just like the post and page. I’ll enter you twice if you share the post. We’ll draw a name on Thursday October 18 around noon Central time.

Acadia Greene is extremely curious about the outdoor world we live in and this book is a journal of both her questions and answers. The book starts with five stories of Fall and then is followed by her journal where Acadia “does science”. It’s a busy layout which usually bugs me, but the graphics are cute and the science shines through so strongly that I ended up liking it a bunch.

The science covered in this volume includes: Where do frogs go in the Winter? Time Zones, the water cycle, Why do leaves change color?, How do germs infect us? At first glance it sounds simplistic for the older end of the age range but my thirteen year old enjoyed it as the nonfiction it is. There were tidbits that he didn’t know.

The publisher puts the age range at grades 4-7, but I think younger kids will be fine with this, bringing it at more like K-3 as a read aloud and with the older range of 4-7 reading it themselves.

Even if your science list is planned consider adding this as a bedtime story or to your morning basket, I’m pretty sure it will be a hit. There is also a book one Summer Science if you want to pick that up for the end of the school year. I also heard that there is a Winter Volume in the works, but I don’t have a release date for that.

The Acadia Files: Book Two, Autumn Science by Katie Coppens

Try This! Extreme 50 Fun and Safe Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You

I'm usually meh on generic experiment books. Not this time. This book includes all the "good" experiments that actually work from almost all the actual science curriculum we've tried over the years. Perfect for Summer use or you could build your own science class using this as a spine. 

Most of the activities take no longer than 30 minutes and you don't need a full classroom of kids to do them. We liked the instant slushie, human spirograph, and hydrophobic clothes the best. All the activities showed what happened when Nat Geo tried it and if it didn't work how many times they tried to make it work. I like the honesty there, cause experiments don't always work according to the book.

Verdict- Buy

Please note that I received a free advance ARC of this book from Media Masters and Nat Geo without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

Try This! Extreme 50 Fun and Safe Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You by Karen Romano Young

Dr E's Super Stellar Solar System

Another nonfiction space themed treat from the folks at Nat Geo Kids. This book takes you all the way through our solar system covering everything from our cosmic neighbors to places where there could be life besides Earth. There are comics, full-color pictures, interesting articles, and an excellent glossary all enhancing your Astronomy studies.

I especially liked the sections on climate and weather and the difference and importance of studying both.

I'm pairing it with Star Talk as part of our science unit on Outer Space.

 

Verdict- buy

Please note that I received a free advance ARC of this book from Media Masters and Nat Geo without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

Dr. E's Super Stellar Solar System by Bethany Ehlmann

Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Young Readers Edition

I loved reading these short articles about anything and everything star related. We're going to use this book as part of our science studies this coming school year. It's practically perfectly dividable for easy reading assignments and it's never dry or boring (which sometimes happens in science)

We especially enjoyed the chapters of food in space. Turns out NASA did not invent Tang.

Homeschool hint- have older kids or adults in the family read Astrophysics for People in a Hurry alongside elementary or middle school students reading this book and have some wonderful dinner time talks. Oh, and for high schoolers or adults the original Star Talk.

Verdict- buy

Please note that I received a free advance ARC of this book from NatGeo without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Young Readers Edition