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.

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Storytelling combined with a science activity makes for memorable science. Here’s a new twist on an old favorite! 
 

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Amaze your friends with this science “trick” that also teaches about the center of gravity. Who knew an empty soda can and some water could provide such fun!

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It’s back to school and we want to start out on the right foot. We know science is important and we want our kids to like science. But how? Even when it’s a tried and true activity that uses the most basic of ingredients, it can still be fun and memorable. Children will see the lesson in an entirely new way when they can relate it to their own lives. And what better way to help them relate than through a fun story that resonates?

Take vinegar and baking soda. You know when the two are mixed you’re going to get a chemical reaction. Who hasn’t constructed a volcano with these two ingredients? But here’s a way to breathe new life into that activity that’s guaranteed to create lots of fun giggles, better comprehension, and memories, too. (We throw in food coloring and dishwashing liquid for a little more pizzazz as well.) Let us introduce you to Mrs. Wigglebum’s Love Potion from the Fuddlebrook School Science series. Read the story and do your own version of Mrs. Wigglebum’s “trick” on Freddie. Who in the classroom (or home) is in love? Then read together the story to reinforce the science. But don’t take our word for it. Watch the kids we worked with to see their reactions on this month’s video. 

Yes there’s nothing quite like a good story to make science come alive. The Fuddlebrook® series (as well as our sister series, The Quirkles®) each offer 26 such stories and related activities. That’s 52 fun ways to make a science memory!

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Legend has it that Sir Isaac Newton formulated his theory on gravity in the 1660’s after watching an apple fall from a tree. It’s one of the most famous anecdotes in the history of science!  But what is gravity? Objects with mass are attracted to each other. And that’s gravity! For example Earth pulls on us and keeps us on the ground. The Sun's gravitational pull keeps our planet orbiting the Sun. The Moon's gravity pulls on the Earth and makes the tides rise and fall every day. In the book A Case of Gravity, Liza learns a “painful” lesson about gravity.

There are also two awesome activities in this book that demonstrate concepts of gravity. Watch the kids in our video have a whole lot of fun with The Mysterious Leaning Can Investigation.  Also watch as they try The Fuddlebrook Bottle Drop.

So what’s the science question with the bottle drop? Do objects fall at the same speed even if they don’t have the same mass? Credit Italian scientist Galileo Galilei who is said to have tried dropping two objects of different weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to find the answer to this question.

And Galileo, like our children, found the answer to be yes. This is called the equivalence principle. Objects of different masses will fall to the Earth at the same speed. Want another cool demonstration of this? Check this out.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E43-CfukEgs

Galileo’s work disproved the earlier work of Aristotle that suggested that heavier objects fell faster than lighter ones. As for Galileo's interest in disproving Aristotle's theory about falling objects, years later he said that he had first thought about this during a hailstorm when he notice that both large and small hailstones hit the ground at the same time. If Aristotle were right, this could only happen if the larger stones dropped from a higher point in the clouds -- but at virtually the same time -- or that the lighter ones started falling earlier than the heavier ones -- neither of which seemed very probable. Instead, the simplest explanation was simply that heavy or light, all hailstones fell simultaneously with the same speed.

Enjoy both the Fuddlebrook Bottle Drop and The Mysterious Leaning Can Investigation. These two activities are great ways to learn about gravity and the noted scientists who helped broaden our knowledge of the concepts.

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What people are saying

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

What people are saying

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