Usually when I post Bug of the Week, I try to add a story to the photographs. This week I think the photographs tell it all.
Just in time for Women's History Month we have a new middle grade book, Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries, with 21 Activities and Experiments by Amy M. O'Quinn.
Right up front I have to say that I love Chicago Review Press books. They combine two of my favorite elements: an in-depth biography and hands-on activities to reinforce learning. Those are a powerful combination on their own. Add that the title is about an outstanding woman scientist, and it is a must have.
Marie Curie was indeed a groundbreaking scientist. Some of her accomplishments include:
Author Amy M. O'Quinn delves deeply into Marie Curie's life using many primary-source materials. I have read other biographies of Marie Curie, but this one has details I had not seen before. The author's passion for her topic comes through clearly in her writing.
The 21 hands-on activities range from learning about Poland (Marie Curie's birthplace) to chemistry and physics experiments, such as:
The back matter is also packed with information, including other resources to explore, a glossary, selected bibliography, and index.
Although Marie Curie for Kids is written for middle grade children, it has the depth to make it a wonderful resource for educators as well. Pick up a copy for Women's History Month, STEM Friday, or just for fun and inspire a young reader today!
2. See our growing list of children's books about women scientists at Science Books for Kids.
Age Range: 9 - 12 years
Publisher: Chicago Review Press (November 1, 2016)
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The wildflowers are going, well, wild right now.
It's been cool and rainy, so the insects haven't been quite as active.
I did find a few false chinch bugs on the brittlebush.
False chinch bugs (Nysius raphanus) feed on weeds like London rocket. If the conditions are right, they can build up to high numbers. They aggregate as they prepare for migration and sometimes clouds of these tiny insects can be found in certain locations in the desert. Once the migration starts, however, they disappear rapidly.