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Classroom Picks . . . STEM Titles

The following fun and educational books focus on the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math and are aligned with Common Core State Standards.

This Month's Picks

Body Bones
by Shelley Rotner
David A. White, Illustrator

Grades: THIRD

SL. 3.1, 1a-d, 2-4, 6
RF. 3.3, 3c-d, 4, 4a, 4c
L. 3.4, 4a, 4d, 5, 5b, 6
RI. 3.1-4, 6-10
W. 3.2, 2a-d, 4, 7-8, 10

In this fascinating introduction to skeletal systems, mesmerizing images show how different types of skeletons work.

Full-color photographs of people and other animals are overlaid with illustrations of bones to show these supporting frameworks. Kids will learn that bones come in all shapes and sizes to serve a myriad of functions and be able to compare human skeletons to those of other vertebrates. The book also covers related topics such as tendons and joints, and includes tips for how to keep bones strong. An index and a glossary of scientific terms are included.

The World's Best Noses, Ears, and Eyes
by Helen Rundgren
Ingela P. Arrhenius, Illustrator

Grades: SECOND

W. 3.2, 2a-d, 4-5, 7-8,10
SL. 3.1, 1a-d, 2-6
RF. 3.3, 3a, 3c-d, 4, 4a, 4c
L. 3.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4c-d, 5, 5a-c
RL. 3.1, 3-7, 10
RI. 3.1-5, 8-9

Readers will be astounded and amused by this introduction to the strange and amazing world of seeing, hearing, and smelling in the animal kingdom.

In this colorful picture book filled with fantastic facts, a lively cast of animals competes to decide which one has the best sight, hearing, and sense of smell. People may think that their senses are pretty good, but compared to the incredible abilities of many animals, human senses aren't so impressive. A polar bear can smell a seal from a half mile away. Snails can see around corners with eyes that are on stalks. Bats transmit messages to one another that are so high-pitched humans cannot even hear them, while elephants communicate with one another up to two miles away in tones too low for people to hear.

Recycling Day
by Edward Miller
Edward Miller, Illustrator

Grades: SECOND

L. 3.1-3, 3b, 4, 4a, 4d, 5, 5b, 6
RF. 3.3, 3c-d, 4, 4a, 4c
RL. 3.1-7, 10
W. 3.1, 2, 2a-d, 3, 7-8, 10
RI. 3.1-5, 7-10
SL. 3.1, 1a-d, 2-4, 6

This zippy introduction to reducing waste includes facts about how much trash Americans produce and how that can be changed.

Oh no! The unthinkable has happened. So much garbage has piled up in the vacant lot that's home to a group of bugs that revolting rats are moving in and taking over. Luckily recycling day is almost here. Volunteers swoop in to tidy up this neighborhood eyesore. As they take the ant's old bottle and the grasshopper's cardboard box, the kids explain the processes of recycling paper, glass, plastic, and metal as well as how to compost. They even have tips on recycling electronics and making items such as fabrics, books, and toys available for reuse.