Our holiday break was relaxing and enjoyed, but with the new year comes new books to read for school. Just before Christmas, I got a present to myself in the mail – a Foldscope. My father had sent me some information about it, but basically, it’s an origami microscope you can put in your backpack and take with you wherever you go.
It also comes with some blanks slides so you can look at whatever you choose. I think it’s awesome, although it’s pointed out I need a better camera on my phone to take decent pictures.
Since I got such a fun new toy, I thought we could utilize it for a unit study and so we’re microscopes/microbes this month. I wanted a biography of van Leeuwenhoek (the inventor of the microscope), which is a bit tricky. I did find Science Firsts: From the Creation of Science to the Science of Creation by Robert E. Adler. Adler provides short (4-5 page) descriptions of the scientists who made significant discoveries and describes why that discovery was important. He covers everything from Ancient Greece to cloning technologies.
To provide some context about microbes, I found Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Emily Sutton. This is a picture book that introduces children to microbes, where you can find them, and why they are important. There are illustrations of many different kind of microbes and lots of analogies to understand some really big and really small numbers.
And those are our new books for the week. Hope you enjoy them, too!
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