NSTA National Conference!

BOOK RAFFLE! FREE CURRICULUM! FUN ACTIVITIES! Come join our session on April 2 at 9:30 am, Room 342F, when fabulous STEM teacher Sierra Satterstrom and I will present Using Science to Teach Common Core: A Classroom-Ready Curriculum for Nonfiction Books That Kids Love. Hope to see you there! Bibliography is also available on the Educational… Read more »

Illustrator Update

Just after the holidays came the sad news that Steve Jenkins, masterful illustrator and artist of many books for children, had died. As the New York Times pointed out, Steve brought science to life with many, many gorgeous books that posed and answered questions about the natural world. What a huge loss for his family… Read more »

Beta Testing Curriculum for Out of the Blue!

THIRD GRADERS RULE! STEM teacher Sierra Satterstrom has been beta-testing the curriculum for Out of the Blue through this school year—and sending me many ideas for improvements and refinements! I adore seeing the students’ sketches, mini-books, and ideas as they dive into activities for understanding Earth history, predator-prey relationships, and the amazing adaptations that allowed… Read more »

Second Printing Available!

Some happy holiday news! After a loooooon sea voyage and many weeks aboard ship in New York Harbor…the second printing of OUT OF THE BLUE is now in the warehouse and heading for bookstores and libraries. Meanwhile you can order signed copies at The King’s English Bookshop or at Games People Play. (Also available at… Read more »

TEACHERS inventing prehistoric predators = FUN!

What a blast to be part of the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Los Angeles Area Conference this month! My teacher friend, Jason Jones, and I presented Creating Curriculum Around Nonfiction Books: New Tools for Engaging Differentiated Learners at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Also got to meet one of my paleo/science communicator heroes, Gabe… Read more »