Sunday, 21 July 2013

Must Read Mentor Texts - Science Edition

I am linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Must Read Mentor Texts.
This week the focus is science.  I would like to share this hilarious book that I use to introduce the Scientific Method.
Here is the book description from Amazon.
Is it possible to eat snowballs doused in ketchup—and nothing else—all winter? Can a washing machine wash dishes? By reading the step-by-step instructions, kids can discover the answers to such all-important questions along with the book's curious narrator. Here are 12 "hypotheses," as well as lists of "what you need," "what to do," and "what happened" that are sure to make young readers laugh out loud as they learn how to conduct science experiments (really!). 

Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter—the ingenious pair that brought you 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore—have outdone themselves in this brilliant and outrageously funny book.

This is a great text to show the steps needed to carry out an experiment.  The child creates a question, makes a hypothesis, tries the experiment, and draws conclusions.  As you read it with your class, point out the steps followed for each experiment.

You could also discuss famous scientists who have failed prior to having great success - examples can be found here: 16 Most Inspiring Famous Failures.
My class loved this book...  I hope yours does too!


  1. Very cute! I've never seen this book! This looks like a great way to start science!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  2. This looks like such a cute book. I will have to check it out.

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  3. Thanks for sharing! I love this author/illustrator team! I use the text 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to do Anymore by the same author when I launch my writer's workshop as an inspiration for creating lists in our writer's notebooks!

    I will definitely have to share this one with my team!


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  4. I'm sure your students will all enjoy it - I also like the 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to do Anymore...

  5. This book looks great. What a fun way to introduce the scientific method! Thank you for sharing it.


  6. What a great idea. :). I love the list of failures. So many lessons to be learned there.
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  7. This looks so good! I wish I would've seen this before I placed my Amazon order this morning! No worries-I can quickly fill it back up! :O)
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  8. You had me at experiments that failed!!!!!
    Our school follows the 8 Keys of Success, one of them being, Failure Leads to Success!
    Just pinned this and sharing with my team!
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  9. Thanks so much for the book recommendation! It looks great! You inspired me to do a science post as well!
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