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.
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.
Summertime offers all sorts of opportunities for fun science. This month we explore our amazing organ, skin! Of course in the summer it’s also important to protect it from harmful ultraviolet rays with a good sunscreen.
So, it’s maybe not all we had hoped for—this new school year. But in spite of masks and all the appropriate and necessary precautions, we’re back! We’re back to classroom learning and live interactions. There’s a whole new appreciation for hands-on learning and a sense of urgency to re-engage our students and ourselves. And there’s certainly an understanding of the importance of science.
As educators, it may seem a little overwhelming. How to we catch up, make up, and navigate through this uncertain new semester?
We don’t have all the answers that’s for sure, but we can help you make your science lessons fun, educational, and simplified. Just read the Fuddlebrook story as a shared reading activity, pull the ingredients out of your Fuddlebrook science kit (already gathered, and measured for you). Then follow up with activities suggested in your Fuddlebrook teacher guide and assess through your student journals.
We suggest beginning the semester with Who Stole Herman Tweed, a story about forensic science/what is a scientist/science process skills. Students will enjoy solving the mystery right along with Freddie, Liza, and Bert. Then they can reinforce and have fun identifying the Fuddlebrook Mystery Powder. Of course, you can gather and buy the science activity ingredients, but if you have the budget for the experiment kit it’s super convenient to have the materials at your fingertips!
Want to extend the learning? Refer to your teacher guide for other ideas. How about writing and illustrating an alternative ending to the story? Do more research on forensic science. Learn about Sherlock Holmes. Try Mrs. Wigglebum’s Chromotography Experiment.
Need to socially distance? Project the story on your whiteboard or wall by using the digital library version of the Fuddlebrook books. Or offer each student their own mini student experiment kit with supplies for ten of the most child friendly hands-on activities.
Nobody said it still won’t be challenging. But Lisa, Bert, Freddie, (and Herman Tweed of course) will make science a bright spot in your day!
It’s summertime. That means longer days and being outside. It’s also time for us to use sunscreen to protect our skin. In the classic book Freckle Juice by Judy Blume, Andrew wishes he had freckles. He thinks that, if he had freckles, his mom wouldn't know if his neck was dirty and he wouldn't have to wash it! Read that and then compare it to the Fuddlebrook book, A Bad Case of the Spots, where Freddie is not so sure about his “spots.” Follow along as Bert plays a joke on Freddie and convinces him that those spots are terrible and will keep him away from friends and summer activities! Of course Mrs. Wigglebum steps in to save the day (and explain the science of ultraviolet rays and their effects on our skin).
Enjoy learning more about our skin in our fun video where Gabby and Hallie make an edible skin model that also serves as a yummy treat. Or make this sweet treat we found online, Frosted Freckled Lemonade. Enjoy your cool drink while soaking up the hot rays of the Sun (with sunscreen protection of course)! Ahhh…here’s to summer!
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