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FOSS Newsletter Staff | May 28, 2019

[Mrs. Carter's Butterfly Garden]

Mrs. Carter's Butterfly Garden
By Steve Rich
NSTA Kids, Arlington, VA, 2014.
ISBN-10: 1941316085; ISBN-13: 978-1941316085. Grades K–3

(FOSS Plants and Animals, Insects and Plants, Structures of Life)

Young students will enjoy this story of how former First Lady Rosalynn Carter designed a public butterfly garden and nature trail at her home in Plains, Georgia. Engaging photos and text describe the butterflies that visit the garden and trail, including monarchs that pass through on their yearly migration to Mexico. The book will inspire and encourage young gardeners to plant a habitat of their own for these beautiful and important pollinators. Teachers will appreciate the resources provided to delve more into butterfly habitats, conservation efforts, and the Rosalyn Carter Butterfly Trail. Other resources include those of the author, Steve Rich, who is an experienced outdoor science educator in Georgia.

[Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine]

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
By Laurie Wallmark
Illustrated by April Chu
Creston Books, LLC, Berkeley, CA, 2015.
ISBN-10: 1939547202; ISBN-13: 978-1939547200. Grades 4–6

(FOSS Energy)

Readers will be inspired by the life of Ada Byron Lovelace, a mathematician and scientist who wrote the first computer program at the age of 27 in 1843. Born to Lord Byron, the great poet, and Lady Byron, a mathematician with a passion for geometry, young Ada spent her days consumed with writing equations in her journal. She used her notes and numerical thinking to design a flying machine at 12 years old! Beautiful, soft, illustrations enhance her remarkable story of courage, creativity, and inquiry. Laurie Wallmark, herself a computer scientist, describes Ada's life in a warm, narrative style that makes you feel close to this young woman's challenges and accomplishments.

[Next Time You See a Pill Bug]

Next Time You See a Pill Bug
By Emily Morgan
NSTA Kids Next Time You See Series,
Arlington, VA, 2013.
ISBN-10: 1936959178; ISBN-13: 978-1936959174. Grades K–3

(FOSS Animals Two by Two, Plants and Animals, Insects and Plants, Structures of Life)

Detailed, close-up photos immediately draw you into this book about pill bugs. Often overlooked by adults … but never by children, pill bugs possess structures and behaviors that make you want to observe them for hours! Through questions and text, the book encourages readers to explore how pill bugs move, where they live, and what they eat. Do pill bugs have legs? How many? Are they an insect? Sow bugs look like pill bugs but are they the same? What are other crustaceans? In a note to parents and teachers, the author suggests first-hand experience with pill bugs. The book should be read afterwards to spark further exploration and learning about this fascinating creature. Suggestions for more activities are provided as well as instructions for caring for pill bugs and returning them to nature.

[Next Time You See a Seashell]

Next Time You See a Seashell
By Emily Morgan
NSTA Kids Next Time You See Series,
Arlington, VA, 2012.
ISBN-10: 1936959151; ISBN-13: 978-1936959150. Grades K–3

(FOSS Animals Two by Two, Plants and Animals, Structures of Life)

Beautiful photos encourage you to closely observe these seashells and wonder about the living creature it was once part of. Questions and information guide the reader to explore the shape, texture, and colors of seashells as well as how it is used for protection. Terms including, mollusk, gastropod, and bivalve, are introduced to understand the similarities and differences of these organisms. Meant to be read with an adult after experience with real shells, this book encourages an appreciation for the beauty of seashells and the biology of these amazing sea animals. Suggestions for further explorations are included along with a link to a video clip about mollusks.

Women in Science Card Game

Women in Science Card Game
By Luana Games
Illustrated by Fran6co (Francis Collie).
www.luanagames.com

This fantastic deck (appropriate for all ages, grades, and FOSS modules and courses) includes 54 wonderfully illustrated cards and can be played using the rules that come with the deck or as any standard 52-card game. However you and your students play, the brief and informative blurb on each scientist's card will help all players become more familiarized with some of the many women in science. There's also a new Women in Space expansion pack that we haven't had a chance to review yet, but if it's anything like the core deck, we're looking forward to checking out the new cards! The game can be ordered via Luana Games (there is an educator's discount when you order 10 decks at a time), played online at their website, or downloaded and printed for free.