Tag Archives: Science–Methodology–Juvenile literature.

Model It!

Model It! (Science Sleuths series) by Robin Johnson, Crabtree Books, 2015. ISBN: 9780778715412. Reviewed by John R. Clark, MLIS.


This is a good introduction to what models in science are and how they can be used to understand things. For example dinosaurs are extinct, but fossils and bones that have been found, allow scientists to create scale models or even computer images to help us understand how they looked and function. The book expands upon this to show how modeling allows us to predict weather, changes in animal and insect populations as well as help students understand how the human body works. Each section includes questions to stimulate young readers so they can understand better how scientific modeling can help them learn. The content is solid and not too complex for lower grades and includes directions for building a diorama as well as links to websites that offer more in depth information and examples of modeling. This is a book worthy of consideration for schools and libraries where such material is outdated or lacking.


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Prove It!

Prove It! (Science Sleuths) by Shirley Duke, Crabtree Publishing, 2015. ISBN: 9780778715436. Reviewed by John R. Clark, MLIS.


One of eight books in the Science Sleuths series, this particular entry introduces younger readers to a new way of looking at the word argument, the way scientists use arguments as a beginning point to prove a hypothesis. Examples of various ones are scattered through the book, along with experiments readers can perform, examples of the difference between fact and opinions, how scientists share information as well as respect dissenting opinions (I suspect the author and publisher wanted to stay far away from the disaster known as climate change.) All in all a decent introduction to how the concept of proof is integral to science and solid learning.

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