Are Engineering and Robotics the New Cool?

Bascomb, N. (2011). The new cool: A visionary teacher, his first robotics team, and the ultimate battle of smarts. New York: Crown Publishers. Summary: The New Cool tells the story of high school teacher and MacArthur Genius Award winner Amir Abo-Shaeer as he mentors a “band of high-IQ students” training to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Hailing from the […]

Eye See! The Eyes of Creatures from Bullfrogs to Buzzards

Jenkins, S. (2014). Eye to eye: How animals see the world. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Summary: Based on the premise, “Eyes are the most important link to the world,” Jenkins introduces the reader to a wide range of animal eyeballs, explaining the difference between types of eyes—from the  starfish’s eyespot to the camera eye of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Colorful and visually-appealing […]

A Mathematical Adventure in Angleland

Neuschwander, C. (2001). Sir cumference and the great knight of angleland (W. Geehan, Illustrator). Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge Publishing. Summary: Radius, the son of Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter, goes on a knightly adventure where he uses his knowledge of angles to complete his quest. Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile Level AD450L*, ATOS Level 4.2, Flesch-Kincaid Level 4.5 *Lexile […]

6-Word Memes with Google Slides

I first heard about this lesson idea from the South Coast Writing Project, but I’m not sure who thought of it first. It’s all based on the following urban legend: Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a short story in fewer than 10 words. Accepting the challenge, Hemingway wrote— “For sale: Baby shoes, never […]