In regards to her perspective on spiders, Bethany Barton stated, “I want to think of them as bug ninjas.” She believes that she shouldn’t be afraid of them since spiders do good things for the world. Did you know that a single spider can eat over 75 pounds of bugs in a year?
This story promotes humor, combination – facts with imagination, and a different perspective.
TITLE:I’m Trying To Love Spiders
AUTHOR: Bethany Barton
ILLUSTRATOR: Bethany Barton
PUBLISHER: Viking, 2015
AGE GROUP: 4-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, combination – facts with imagination, and different perspective
1) Pick an animal that you don’t like. Research that animal. Discover at least five facts that you find good (positive) about it. Having learned these new facts, how does it change your perception about the animal? Remember even if you still don’t like the animal, you can appreciate and respect it.
Use origami (paper folding) to perform scientific experiments and test hypotheses. From a dish soap racing boat to a table kite to a fan, readers practice origami folds to test science concepts such as surface tension, water molecules, air resistance, gravity and mass.
This story promotes creative problem solving, wonder, discovery and combination.
TITLE:Making Origami Science Experiments Step by Step
AUTHOR: Michael G. LaFosse
ILLUSTRATOR: Michael G. LaFosse
PUBLISHER: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 2004
AGE GROUP: 6-9
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative problem solving, wonder, discovery, combination.
1) A hypothesis is a guess. Develop a hypothesis that you’d like to test. Then design an experiment to prove or disprove your hypothesis. After you’ve completed your experiment, what new questions do you have? Will you create a new hypothesis?
2) Fold a piece of paper. Smaller and smaller… How many times can you fold the paper? Could this folding go on indefinitely or will it stop?