More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, K-4

NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable pdf version of this book) by: Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan

Teachers raved when NSTA Press published Picture-Perfect Science Lessons .* They loved its lively mix of kid-magnet books, Standards-based science content and ready-to-teach lessons. So what could be more perfect? More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons! This volume offers 15 new lessons that combine picture books and inquiry to develop students’ interest in science and reading.

The sequel follows the winning formula that made the first book an NSTA best seller. The lessons, following the 5E instructional model developed by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) cover a variety of science content—physical science, life science, and Earth and Space Science. They include reproducible student pages and assessments. They feature embedded reading-comprehension strategies. And they make students yearn to learn from such engaging fiction and nonfiction books as Diary of a Worm, Sunshine On My Shoulders, How Big is a Foot? and Leo Cockroach, Toy Tester.

The authors know how important it is for time-starved teachers to integrate science and reading in a natural way and how students with reading troubles can use an extra nudge to get engaged in science texts. More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons is the perfect supplement to your science program—and the perfect way to help students develop a love of reading and learning about science.

*Teachers weren’t the only ones raving! Picture-Perfect won the Distinguished Achievement Award for Teacher Resource Books from the Association of Educational Publishers.

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Reviews (6)
  • on Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:33 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed the content and lessons in the book. The authors use easy-to-understand language in an easy to read format unlike other books that I have read in the past. The first five chapters give research-backed content that is put to use in each lesson in chapters six through 20. The lessons presented give clear examples of what I can do in my future classroom and I would recommend this book to any teacher or pre-service teacher who wants to learn about the use of picture books in their science lessons, the 5E model, and the other concepts presented in the book.

Heather Stine
Heather Stine

  • on Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:56 PM

More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, K-4 is an amazing resource. This book is aligned to the standards, so no matter what your district’s curriculum looks like you should be able to find something to use. This book consists of 15 inquiry based science lessons that are enhanced by quality children’s literature. The lesson plans are written using the 5E instructional model. With the time restraints all teachers face it is more important than ever to integrate as much as we can.

Julie F  (, )
Julie F (, )

  • on Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:51 AM

An outstanding resource for elementary teachers!

Susan  (Wayne, OH)
Susan (Wayne, OH)

  • on Mon May 05, 2008 6:45 PM

More Picture Perfect Science Lessons by Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan More Picture Perfect Sciece Lessons is a great tool for every teacher of students in grades K-4. Whether a teacher is looking for supplemental materials for an existing curriculum, or lacks the time and resources to teach regular science lessons, this book is a great resource. Each unit is overflowing with children's literature, teacher resources, and engaging activities. Teachers will find new and inventive ways to teach higher level thinking skills, reading comprehension, writing skills, and important science concepts using the 5E inquiry model. Ansberry and Morgan have created a useful and teacher-friendly science text.

Mariah  (, )
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  • on Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:12 PM

I love this book because it connects it all! Science, literature, hands-on learning, and writing ideas. It is user friendly and filled with lots of ideas whether your a veteran teacher of science or your in your first year of teaching - it's a must!

Denise  (West Palm Beach, FL)
Denise (West Palm Beach, FL)

  • on Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:16 AM

While most of the lessons are geared younger than the first book in the series, the lesson work well for small groups of English language learners.

Susan Anthony  (Miami, FL)
Susan Anthony (Miami, FL)

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