From women codebreakers during WWII, to Oliver Sacks on consciousness, to a graphic novel about theoretical physics, there’s something for everyone on this year’s list of best science books. We’ve curated a list of the best science books for children, complete with activities for when you’re finished reading…because it’s never too early to inspire the budding scientists in your life.
Maria Popova, founder of , and Deborah Blum, director of the Knight Science Journalism program, join Ira to wrap up the best science books of 2017. In this posthumous collection of Oliver Sacks’s essays, including many never before published, his warm genius comes alive as he tackles everything from memory to Darwin’s love of flowers to Freud’s little-known contributions to neurology to the nature of creativity.
Don’t Tell, Show Activity: Beginning writers are more likely to tell readers how a character is feeling, rather than showing them. W.4.3d – Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
This writing worksheet gives students practice with showing and not telling. Rather than just telling how a character feels, students should have the characters perform actions that imply the told feeling. W.4.3 – Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
W.7.3a – Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
W.7.3b – Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
In his signature Sacksian way, he gets at the universal through the deeply personal—not only with case studies of his patients, as he has done so beautifully for nearly half a century across his books, but this time with the case study of his own self as his body goes through the process of aging and eventually dying.
Sacks brings the friendly curiosity for which he is so beloved to this ultimate testing ground of character, emerging once more as the brilliant, lovable human he was.
Don’t Tell, Show Activity | RTF Don’t Tell, Show Activity | PDF Don’t Tell, Show Activity | Preview Using Vertical Time: In a story time can moves along two axes. This is horizontal time, which moves story events forward. When a writer spends vertical time on the story, events stop progressing and the narration is focused on description. W.3.3b – Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.
This activity will help students develop a sense of vertical time. W.3.3a – Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.