I LOVE to have a stocked bookshelf in my science classroom. Not only does it give a great selection for curious kiddos to explore when they have some extra time, but it makes a great resource for filling extra class time with a valuable read aloud or reading activity. I keep seeing the question asked, “What books do you buy for your classroom?
My top favorite books come from the Basher Books series. I have been using these for over 10 years. Kids LOVE them. AND, they are perfect for turning into a creative learning activity.
You can see in the images below what a page of the Basher Books looks like. So much good Science Term information given in the format of a Science Character. This makes it so memorable for kids. Since my classes are always used to reading these books, I love to have students make their own Science Characters with a story. Good practice with creative writing and personification, too!
I love to incorporate writing into Science whenever I can. I have a set of Nonfiction Reading Response Templates I pull from whenever I can plug it in. I also have a differentiated set of Nonfiction Reading Response Templates to use when I’m in the K-3 classroom.
And now, for my Favorite Science Books for the Elementary Classroom!
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Informational Picture Books
Monarch Butterfly (Gail Gibbons)
From Seed to Plant (Gail Gibbons)
Frogs (Gail Gibbons)
Planet Earth: Inside and Out (Gail Gibbons)
Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids about God and Science (I included this one in for those of you who are in a religious environment. My kids absolutely love this book and the interesting facts they learn from it.)
These make great read alouds to build student interest, and are perfect for a STEM classroom.
Science Poetry books
I love to read these to introduce a topic!
Want to add some poetry writing into your science classroom? Grab these Poetry Templates for Science!
There are so many amazing books out there. I’d love to hear what books you would add to my list!
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