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.
This illustrates how light can bend or refract. Our eyes refract light. Refractive errors are optical imperfections that prevent the eye from properly focusing light, causing blurred vision.
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He uses forensic science as one of his methods for investigating crimes. In real life, some scientists work every day analyzing and solving crimes. In the book, Who Stole Herman Tweed? Mrs. Wigglebum’s students learn not to jump to conclusions without thoroughly analyzing all the evidence.
The human body is simply awesome! And there's nothing more incredible than our eyes. When it comes to our health, we often visit our doctor to make sure our bodies are healthy. But what about our eyes? They utilize 65% of our brainpower and generate about 36,000 bits of information each hour.
In the Fuddlebrook book, The Eyes Have It, we learn more about the sense of sight and the incredible organ called our eye. In addition, here are some more interesting eye facts:
Your eyes start to develop two weeks after you are conceived. All babies no matter what nationality or race, have blue eyes in the womb.
Everyone is color blind at birth.
In spite of their crying sounds, babies tears don’t begin to flow until they’re around one to two months old.
Heterochromia is the eye condition in which a person is born with two differently colored eyes.
The human eye can detect 10 million color hues, but cannot see ultraviolet or infrared light. Insects can see ultraviolet light.
Your eyeballs stay the same size from birth to death, while your nose and ears continue to grow.
An eye is composed of more than 2 million working parts.
People who are blind can see their dreams if they weren’t born blind.
On a dark night, a human eye can see a candle flickering 30 miles away.
The most common injury caused by cosmetics is to the eye by a mascara wand.
So now you know more about our wonderful eyes. Want to know more? Learn along with Liza, Freddie, Bert, and Herman Tweed as Mrs. Wigglebum teaches about the sense of sight, light, and protecting our eyes in The “Eye’s” Have It. Then try “Liza’s Moving Arrows” to learn about light refraction and observe an interesting optical illusion. It’s easy to do but and sure to offer some ooohs and ahhhhs. And remember, take care of those wonderful eyes!
Wow…we've just celebrated Herman Tweed's fourth birthday! On April 23, 2016, we “officially” introduced Herman Tweed and the whole Fuddlebrook gang to the world. We kicked off with Who Stole Herman Tweed and still recommend this story as a great way to start the series.
But why begin with Who Stole Herman Tweed? In this story, Herman goes missing, and the students in Mrs. Wigglebum’s class have to solve the mystery using the science process skills. These include:
Observation: Science begins with observation. We observe using all five of our senses to gather information about an object or phenomenon. It can be a qualitative (Herman is fuzzy) or quantitative (Herman weighs two pounds). The more descriptive our observations are, the better we can communicate them.
Communication: We take our observations and ideas and talk, write, draw, make models, etc, to represent that idea to others.
Classification: We classify our observations into different categories, which helps us to not forget new information! We mostly categorize by similarities, differences, and how they relate to each other.
Prediction: What do we think happened? What might happen in the future? Predicting is all about what we think might be happening based on our observations above.
Inference: To infer, we connect all the dots above to make an explanation of our observations. This isn’t just a guess, and can be made from multiple observations!
Conclusion: We take everything above to form a logical outcome. What’s the conclusion of Who Stole Herman Tweed? Well you’ll have to read to find out or we offer a special treat this month with Fuddlebrook co-author Terri Johnson reading the story for you!
Then be a detective with Herman and try our fun activity Fuddlebrook Mystery Powder.
Enjoy and stay safe!
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