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But that's not all. Check out the introductory video that explains why we created the Fuddlebrook School Science Series.

Resources

Enjoy these “colorful” rain drops by making your own rain shower in a cup.

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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.

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Off in the distance, you hear a soft rumble of thunder. Soon fat raindrops hit the ground. Then the wind picks up and rain slashes at the windows. Lightning flashes and thunder booms. Nature is at it again! In the book A Spring Thunderstorm, the students in Mrs. Wigglebum’s class learn about storms, thunder, and lightning, and the dangers that can be associated with these weather occurrences. Two of the most important ingredients for thunderstorm formation are unstable air and moisture.

Thunderstorms can occur year-round and at all hours. But they are most likely to happen in the spring and summer months and during the afternoon and evening hours. It is estimated that there are around 1,800 thunderstorms that occur across our planet every day. Every thunderstorm has lightning (which is what makes the thunder sound).

Since spring is a prime time for storms, take advantage of this teachable moment. Watch our video and make your own spring shower. Read the Fuddlebrook book, A Spring Thunderstorm, to learn more about storms and the dangers associated with them.

Here are some other teaching ideas:

Learn about cumulonimbus clouds (thunderheads) as well as other types of clouds, too. What types of weather does each indicate?

Crunch on a Wint ‘O Green Lifesaver® and make a lightening storm in your mouth! All you need is a mint, a mirror, and a dark room. Explain the science behind this and how it mimics lightening.

Research the inventions of Benjamin Franklin, including the lightening rod. How did he prove lightening was electricity?

Thousands of years ago philosophers such as Aristotle believed that thunder was caused by the collision of clouds. Research the role of thunder and lightning in mythology as well.

Fulminology is the term used to describe the study of lightning. Learn about types of lightning. For example, Green Elves, Red Sprites, and Blue Jets are three different types of high altitude lightning.

Discuss safety procedures in the event of a thunderstorm.

While we may experience spring thunderstorms or other extreme weather, know we’ve got it good compared to others. The worst thunderstorm area in the world is Kampala, the capital of Uganda.  Kampala has an average of 240 days with thunderstorms every year

And, just as storms can pop up, they also often quickly end. Read A Spring Thunderstorm to discover the surprise that awaits Herman after the clouds disappear.

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In the Fuddlebrook book, The Mystery Scientist, Liza, Freddie, and Bert, along with Herman Tweed, try to imagine what kind of scientist Mrs. Wigglebum’s husband is. Needless to say, their imaginations run a little wild as they picture him as a “mad” scientist first and then in other exotic science-based careers. You’ll have to read the story to discover which type of scientist he turns out to be.

Unfortunately, virologists, immunologists, and vaccinologists have become, due to Covid, part of our science vocabulary. The truth is, we encounter scientists every day in lots of ways! There are some notable scientists and some science-related professions that are not so typical, too. Take our fun video quiz to see how many renown scientists you can identify. Then read on to learn more about cool careers in science you maybe haven’t thought about.                                    

Walk by the supermarket's fresh fish counter and you will see a collection of marine life from around the world. Some of the fish is wild, caught by fishermen from the open seas, but these days, a lot of fish and shellfish is farm raised. Aquacultural managers direct operations on farms and fish hatcheries that cultivate ocean and freshwater fish for human consumption, recreation, and research.

There will always be both man-made and natural disasters, like hurricanes, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks, that affect public health and safety. Emergency management specialists are the officials who plan for these disasters—imagining and preparing for the worst—and then coordinating the emergency responses.

There is a fraction of the world's population that doesn't have enough to eat or doesn't have access to food that is nutritionally rich. Food scientists work to find new sources of food that have the right nutrition levels and that are safe for human consumption.

Think of all the things that use electricity. Power plant distributors work to keep electricity flowing to homes and businesses by carefully watching and planning for problems like big storms that could damage transmission lines, heat waves that cause a big surge in demand for power, or normal construction work, which could take transmission lines out of service.

Any time you hear music at a concert, a live speech, the police sirens in a TV show, or the evening news, you're hearing the work of a sound engineering technician. They operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in recording studios, sporting arenas, theater productions, or movie and video productions.

Not unusual enough for you? How about these jobs?

It’s someone's job to create fireworks — namely, a chemist who designs fireworks with chemicals that emit those beautiful colors when they're heated. For example, copper compounds burn blue, strontium compounds let off a crimson hue, and sodium blazes a bright yellow. The chemicals are very reactive, and sometimes dangerous. Being a firework designer usually requires a master's degree or Ph.D. in chemistry.

Space psychologists study how astronauts cope with the conditions of spaceflight and the weightless environment in space. Space psychologists make recommendations about the best way for astronauts to perform physical and mental work, as well as rest. This profession could become increasingly important as more extended periods of space travel arise, such as manned missions to Mars.

Beer, wine, bread, cheese, pickles, yogurt — all of these foods are made by fermentation, the process by which yeast or bacteria convert sugars to acids, gases or alcohol. Zymologists, study how these microorganisms can be used in fermentation processes, such as beer brewing. Louis Pasteur was the first zymologist, discovering that yeast led to fermentation.

A volcanologist is a geology specialist who studies volcanic activity. Volcanologists help to predict the timing and severity of volcanic eruptions.Their work helps to plan evacuations of volcanic areas, making it a useful, although highly specialized, discipline.

These are but a few of the really unique jobs in science. Just like the Fuddlebrook students, we hope you are fascinated by the variety offered. Read The Mystery Scientist, remember to take our famous scientist quiz, and don’t forget this month’s experiment!

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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