In most classrooms across America, there’s not much science happening. There’s a lot of reasons. For one thing, in the early elementary years, so much time is spent on reading and literacy development, there’s little time left for everything else. And because most elementary teachers don’t have a strong science background themselves, they’re often afraid to tackle the subject. Finally, to make science hands-on and interactive, it takes time and money to research and gather materials. How many teachers and parents have time for that?
Research suggests that most schools don’t seriously teach science until about third grade. It also suggests that by fourth grade, most students say they hate science. Why? Their exposure has been limited to reading assignments in traditional texts and then answering questions at the end of the chapter. How boring is that?
Let’s face it. Learning about science is like driving a car or learning to water ski! Granted you need to study the subject, but it’s not fun or often meaningful until you get in and do it!
To address these issues, the Quirkles® were created. The Quirkles® are 26 imaginary scientists that help children everyday, all over the world, develop a love and appreciation for science. They offer a fresh new way to integrate literacy and science at school, for educational programs, or at home. Vocabulary builders, two related science experiments, and a character education lesson are also included in each of the 26 alphabet-series books. The Quirkles® create enthusiasm and excitement for reading and science through whimsical illustrations, alliteration of the specified letter, and fun hands-on science.
The Quirkles® offer a multitude of differentiated learning opportunities for older/more advanced students as well. The science concepts are robust and can be taught in such a way to be challenging throughout upper elementary grades. From an introduction and shared reading experience for the youngest learners, to an independent reading or mentoring experience that more heavily emphasizes science for older children, the Quirkles® offers something for everyone
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These look really cool, and I wish the books weren't so expensive! A couple of days ago I went to the ABQ library website and suggested that they purchase the set. I wanted to encourage anyone else who'd like to get their hands on them without spending hundreds of dollars to do the same, if you've got a minute! Here's the link: https://albuq.cabq.gov/acquire