My students need high-interest books to get them interested in reading and learning about kinetic and potential energy.
We have 290 sixth grade students at our school. I see 144 of those sixth graders in my classroom every day. Our students love science. They have been so excited about the labs and investigations we have done so far this year! They enjoyed building spaghetti towers, learning to use a triple beam balance, and observing the changes in Gobstoppers when you put them in water or vinegar.
Our school is a place where we want our students to feel safe and where we want them to know that they can make a difference and that they can be someone's "marigold." Science is a tested subject on our state standardized test, so we have a lot of content to teach each year, but it is even more important to me that students enjoy what we are doing in class and learn life skills like problem-solving and critical thinking.
Instead of using a textbook as a guide, we are using two software programs for our science classes this year. We still use non-fiction reading and excerpts from articles to support our instruction. Our students will enjoy reading graphic novels from the Max Axiom series.
A Crash Course in Forces and Motion with Max Axiom, Super Scientist will gain their attention and help them to learn what they are expected to know about potential and kinetic energy.
These books have high-energy characters and a story that will keep the attention of all our students. The important vocabulary is emphasized in the text, but the books also feature a glossary and index, much like a textbook.
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