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K-5 Science Read Alouds

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Below is a collection of a few of our favorite books to use in classrooms for Science topics of instruction.  Children's literature helps students  connect their previous knowledge, interests, and experiences to the scientific content they experiencing in the classroom.

Life Science

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From Seed to Plant 
by Gail Gibbons

With simple language and bright illustrations, non-fiction master Gail Gibbons introduces young readers to the processes of pollination, seed formation, and germination.  Important vocabulary is reinforced with accessible explanation and colorful, clear diagrams showing the parts of plants, the wide variety of seeds, and how they grow. 

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What If You Had Animal Feet

by Sandra Markle

A book in the successful WHAT IF series that will teach kids about the amazing variety of feet in the animal kingdom and their specialty functions! 

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The Tiny Seed

by Eric Carle

A classic story of the life cycle of a flower is told through the adventures of a tiny seed. Everyone will cheer for the seed’s progress as it floats across the sky, nestles in the ground, and finally grows into the giant flower it was always meant to be.

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Physical Science

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And Everyone Shouted, "Pull!"
by Claire Llewellyn

Learn about forces and motion as you join the farm animals on their trip to the market. The wheels on their cart help when they push, pull, and stop on their journey. Great way to get kids interested in science in the classroom or at home!

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Newton and Me

by Lynne Meyer

While at play with Newton, his dog, a young boy discovers the laws of force and motion in his everyday activities. Told in rhyme, these best friends go on an adventure as they apply physics to throwing a ball, pulling a wagon, riding a bike, and much more. 

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How Do You Lift A Lion?

by Robert E. Wells

Explore the functions of levers, wheels, and pulleys, and learn how to lift a lion, pull a panda, and deliver a basket of bananas to a baboon birthday party!

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Earth and Space Science

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What Makes Day and Night
by Franklyn M. Branley

If you lived on the moon, you would have two straight weeks of daylight and then two weeks of night! On earth, we have both day and night in just twenty-four hours, thanks to the quick rotation of our planet. 

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Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea

by Robert Burleigh

Marie Tharp was always fascinated by the ocean. Taught to think big by her father who was a mapmaker, Marie wanted to do something no one had ever done before: map the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Was it even possible? Not sure if she would succeed, Marie decided to give it a try.

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The Moon Book

by Gail Gibbons

Shining light on all kinds of fascinating facts about our moon, this simple, introductory book includes information on how the moon affects the oceans' tides, why the same side of the moon always faces earth, why we have eclipses, and more.

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by Chris Barton

You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for rockets, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson, from Mobile, Alabama, instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy.

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After the Fall

by Dan Santat

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

This tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall―that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

Will he summon the courage to face his fear?

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Rosie Revere, Engineer

by Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere dreamed of becoming a great engineer. Where some people see rubbish, Rosie sees inspiration. Alone in her room at night, shy Rosie constructs great inventions from odds and ends. Rosie’s gizmos would astound—if she ever let anyone see them.


Afraid of failure, she hides them away under her bed. Until a fateful visit from her great-great-aunt Rose (AKA Rosie the Riveter!), who shows her that the first flop isn’t something to fear—it’s something to celebrate. And you can only truly fail, if you quit.

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