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.

Resources

Did you know jelly beans can help us learn about the scientific concept of adaptation? Please don’t eat the experiment!

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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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Among many things June is known for, did you know June 5-11 is national Pet Appreciation Week? Seventy percent of U.S. households, or about 90.5 million families, own a pet, according to the 2021-2022 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). This is up from 56 percent of U.S. households in 1988, the first year the survey was conducted, and 67 percent in 2019.  And, since the children at Fuddlebrook School are crazy about their class pet hamster, Herman Tweed, we thought we would pay tribute to him and all our other beloved pets this month.

 Here are some fun pet facts:

There are more than 350 different breeds of dogs worldwide.

Domesticated for more than 10,000 years, the dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.

Greyhounds are the world’s fastest dogs with the ability to reach up to 45 mph. Most domestic dogs are capable of reaching speeds up to about nineteen miles per hour when running at full speed.

Cats have better memories than dogs. Tests conducted by the University of Michigan concluded that while a dog’s memory lasts no more than 5 minutes, a cat’s can last as long as 16 hours—exceeding even that of monkeys and orangutans.

Dogs are as smart as a 2- year-old.

Ted Lasso had it wrong! A goldfish’s memory isn’t so bad. They can actually remember things up to three months.

A chicken with red ear lobes produces brown eggs, and a chicken with white ear lobes produces white eggs.

Dogs can smell your feelings through your perspiration.

Cats are asleep for 70% of their life.

Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.

Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

Having a pet can be good for your health. It can lower blood pressure, slow heart rate, regulate breathing, and relax muscles.

Dogs have a sense of time and can get accustomed to their schedules in terms of meal times and when they’ll be taken for a walk.

Dogs have a unique nose print like humans have a unique fingerprint.

Australians have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world.

Hamsters are one of the most popular pets in the UK! However, in Hawaii they are illegal to own. It’s because if hamsters escape and breed, they could end up destroying plants and other animals.

Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.

Millennials own more pets than Generation X or Baby Boomers.

Studies have shown that spending time with dogs can cause the brain to produce oxytocin, a hormone that reduces stress and enhances well-being!

So there you have it. Our pets and other animals are awesome and wonderfully made. Also check out our fun video that focuses on how animals often adapt to their environment through camouflage. Here’s to Herman and all our pets this and every month!

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Wow…we've just celebrated Herman Tweed's sixth 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!

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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