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Making predictions – Book Selections – 04/20/12

Posted on: Friday, April 20th, 2012

Our blog this week was about predictions.  Keeping with that theme, we predict your child will have great fun with these activities!  And you can have fun knowing that you’re helping your child make important connections between the skills of prediction, reading, and science.

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins is for kids age 4 and up.  “Animals use their tails, noses, mouths, and feet in very different ways.  Children will learn that lizards can completely break off their tail as a defense and that it will grow back.  And, they’ll find out that crickets’ ears are on their knees. Most fish have two eyes, but some have four, the better to see above and below the water at the same time.  These are just a few of the fascinating facts of nature dangled out front to draw readers into this beautifully illustrated book.”  Review from Amazon.

Betcha! Estimating by Stuart J. Murphy is for kids aged 7 and up.  “On their way to a store sponsoring a contest that involves guessing the number of jellybeans in a jar, two friends encounter situations that involve numerical determinations; e.g., how many people are on the bus, the number of cars in a traffic jam.  One boy counts one by one to obtain the answers, whereas the other one uses simple techniques to come up with near estimations.  Playing with numbers–that’s what this book is all about.”  Review from Amazon.

The Kid’s Book of Weather Forecasting: Build a Weather Station, ‘Read the Sky’ & Make Predictions! by Mark Breen is for kids age 8 through 12.  “Imagine how proud any child would be advising parents to bring an umbrella because it’s going to rain.  Kids will be doing that and much more: Kids build their own weather equipment.  Forget expensive store-bought kits.  The learning happens when you make everything from scratch: from a psychrometer to a barometer, a hair hygrometer to a rooster wind vane.  You can give a complete forecast.  Kids record their observations in a Weather Log, use graphs and charts, and spot trends.  Read the cloud and wind direction, and look to the sunset’s glow to make more accurate predictions.  Ask Mark, the meteorologist: What’s the worst forecast you ever gave?  How have computers changed forecasting?  What do you like best about your job?  Do you believe weather lore?  Weather on the wild side: Hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and floods – how they happen and how our predictions are becoming more accurate.” Review from Amazon.

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