For a complete introduction and to get to know each Fuddlebrook story/concept, work your way across the main menu bar above. Have fun exploring, and please contact us with any questions you may have!
But that's not all. Check out the introductory video that explains why we created the Fuddlebrook School Science Series.
While there's no one just like you, ever wonder why you look so much like your mother or have similar traits or mannerisms of your father? Part of the answer comes down to your DNA!
Can your eyes be playing a trick on you? How can two cans of the same size and liquid volume react differently in water?
You know it's bound to happen! As we gather together with our families over the Thanksgiving holiday, the inevitable comparison of offspring, or how little Johnny looks just like his father, or little Susie doesn't look (or act) anything like either of her parents occurs. How can family members look or act so alike, sometimes over generations, or not be similar, even though they are from the same gene pool.
This month's Fuddlebrook Story, A Family Visit, addresses this in a fun, inviting way that helps children understand why we are alike and different from members of our own families. They also learn that animals, as well as children, change as they grow and mature. Bert is relieved! He certainly is glad he doesn't still look like his baby pictures!
After reading the story together create a model of DNA, the very building blocks of life.
Need more inspiration? Review our blog as we demonstrate how to make the DNA model, primarily using Twizzler's and colored marshmallows (the ones left over from the Thanksgiving yams). What a sweet way to learn science. Then watch our video of Thanksgiving fun facts! Finally, have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with delicious food, family, and friends.
Halloween is all about trick or treating, usually heavy on the treats. What child doesn’t want to come home from a productive night of gathering a sack full of delectable candy? October is also a month of mystery. Who are those little goblins behind the Halloween masks?
This month we offer an activity that solves a mystery and also allows an opportunity to talk about health, nutrition, and the effects of too much sugar consumption. Most importantly, though, it demonstrates the concept of density in a fun and memorable way.
Here’s the question. Can two soda cans of the same size and liquid volume do two different things when immersed in water? Watch our video to learn how the children solve the mystery. Also read how Freddie tries to trick Liza, Herman, and Bert in the Fuddlebrook story, The Mystery of the Floating Can.
Want to take your lesson further? Read the Archimedes crown story. Learn about the density of the planets. Research why we can float in salt water. Finally, try the amazing Fuddlebrook Candy Sink of Float Activity. All of these are great ways to further your students’ understanding of the rather complex topic of density.
This new series marvelously succeeds in introducing young students to inquiry-based, experiential learning of scientific concepts that are age-appropriate. Moreover, students have the opportunity to explore story-based scientific concepts further through hands-on investigations.
--Teresa, Biology Ph.D; former elementary teacher, Springfield, MO
The thing I love most about the Fuddlebrook series is the connection aspect. Not only have the creators connected literacy and science, they have also provided opportunity for exploration of all areas of life. The dispositions and traits of the characters are consistent throughout the books and lead to discussions about friendship, bullying, loyalty, honesty, and humility. Fuddlebrook is "teaching the whole child by connecting to life."
--Carolyn, First Grade Teacher, Ozark, MO