RAR #177: Teach Your Kids to Think Like a Scientist (with Books You Already Have)
Science is everywhere. It’s in everything we do, everything we see. And yes, everything we read.
Books offer a delightful opportunity to talk about science, both through their illustrations and their text. We just need to know a few things to look for and a few questions to ask.
Today we’ll find out how to think like a scientist, and how to teach our kids to do the same.
I invited two professors from St. Michael’s College to teach us all about cross-cutting scientific concepts within picture books.
Dr. Valerie Bang-Jensen is the Department Chair and Professor of Education at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. She’s an expert in children’s literature and literacy. Dr. Mark Lubkowitz is a molecular biologist and the Chair and Professor of Biology at St. Michael’s.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- What it means to “think like a scientist”
- How to find scientific concepts in every book you read
- How to use cross-cutting concepts to teach young scientists of all ages
CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING:
“They can’t get all of science from a book, but they can launch these ideas into every part of their life. Books are a perfect place to do that, because books are a microcosm of life.”
Dr. Valerie Bang-Jensen
“The secret is: scientists aren’t smarter than everybody else. Scientists just have a way to classify and sort human thinking and behavior.”
Dr. Mark Lubkowitz
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|3:01||What’s a cross-cutting concept?|
|4:55||Introducing Mark and Valerie|
|6:59||The secret about science|
|7:48||How it all began|
|12:34||The delight of patterns|
|14:27||Finding cross-cutting concepts in Owl Moon|
|20:21||Scale and time in story|
|24:02||Applying scientific concepts to books off your shelf|
|27:19||Structure and function|
|29:30||Learning through questions|
|31:43||Let the Kids Speak|
LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:
- Dr Bang-Jensen and Dr Lubkowitz’s Website
- A 33-min video of Mark and Valerie explaining crosscutting concepts
- Books in Bloom
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