Physical Science for 5th & 6th Graders

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Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius.  Elizabeth MacLeod.  Kids Can Press, 2003.
This appealing biography is presented in a collage or scrapbook style.  the fifteen chapters do a good job of showing the genius’ sense of humor and love of humanity and the many obstacles he faced.  Supports Common Core Science.
5th-6th grades

 


The Shocking Truth about Energy.  Loreen Leedy.  Holiday House, 2010.
Watercolor and Photoshop illustrations and diagrams explain various forms of energy and the pros and cons of each.  Conservation is emphasized.  Very informative.  Picture Book.  Supports Common Core Science.
Read-aloud 3rd-5th grade

 

 


Cool Gravity Activites:  Fun Science Projects About Balance.  James Hopwood.  ABDO, 2008.
Step-by-step instructions for six science activities.  The introduction talks about the scientific method and safety.  Attractively designed, good photos.  Supports Common Core Science; procedural informational text.
3rd-6th grade

 

 


Crazy Concoctions : A Mad Scientist’s Guide to Messy Mixtures.  Jordan D. Brown.  Imagine, 2011.
Loaded with gross and gooey kitchen chemistry concoctions. The physical and chemical processes are clearly explained.  A great package of knowledge, humor and easy to follow instructions.  Supports Common Core Science; procedural informational text.
3rd-6th grade

 

 


Gizmos & Gadgets: Creating Science Contraptions that Work (& knowing why).  Jill Frankel Hauser.  Williamson, 1999.Instructions for making 75 contraptions that demonstrate friction, gravity, energy, motion, etc.  Materials are easy to find.  Learning is fun!  Supports Common Core Science; procedural informational text.
3rd-6th grade

 


Smash It! Crash It! Launch It!: 50 Mind-Blowing, Eye-Popping Science Experiments.  Rain Newcombe.  Lark Books, 2009.
The title says it all.  Creative ways to test the laws of physics.  Supports Common Core Science; procedural informational text.
3rd-6th grade

 

 


Mass and Weight.  Barbara A. Somervill.  Heinemann, 2011.
How to determine mass and weight and applications in daily life.  Well written, good photos, graphs and diagrams.  Supports Common Core Science.
3rd-6th grade
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