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.
While we certainly don’t recommend this at the dinner table, (although it may make for a more memorable event), here’s a fun way to burn some after-dinner calories and learn about the science concepts of force and motion, too.
Can your eyes be playing a trick on you? How can two cans of the same size and liquid volume react differently in water?
In addition to the turkey and all the other fixings, if you’re like us, one of the favorite holiday dishes on your Thanksgiving table will be a gooey concoction of yams or sweet potatoes covered in melted marshmallows. Yum! While we certainly don’t recommend these activities at the dinner table, (although it may make for a more memorable event), here’s a couple of fun ways to burn some after-dinner calories and learn science concepts, too.
To demonstrate friction, wipe off any oil on your face or nose with a washcloth or paper towel. Touch the curved part of the spoon to the end of your nose. Move the spoon around until it sticks. Let go of the spoon very slowly. What happens? You’ve created friction that holds the spoon to your nose! This may take more than one try.
Now after that warm-up, let’s go for the big event! In the book, Freddie’s Dance Lesson, the concepts of motion and force are explored. With some wooden craft sticks and rubber bands, and a plastic spoon, kids can make their own catapult and launch the leftover marshmallows. Have a contest to see which marshmallow goes the furthest. Try other projectile objects (preferably not the leftover mashed potatoes). Which goes further? Why? And you thought football was the main competitive sport of the day!
In all seriousness, during this month of giving thanks, we would be remiss not to thank all of those who have supported us—by buying our books and materials and offering guidance, encouragement, and support. We have been incredibly blessed by you and for that we give thanks.
While Halloween may still be a little different this year, it's usually about trick or treating, often heavy on the treats. What child doesn’t want to come home from a productive night of gathering a sack full of delectable candy? October is also a month of mystery. Who are those little goblins behind the Halloween masks?
This month we offer an activity that solves a mystery and also allows an opportunity to talk about health, nutrition, and the effects of too much sugar consumption. Most importantly, though, it demonstrates the concept of density in a fun and memorable way.
Here’s the question. Can two soda cans of the same size and liquid volume do two different things when immersed in water? Watch our video to learn how the children solve the mystery. Also read how Freddie tries to trick Liza, Herman, and Bert in the Fuddlebrook story, The Mystery of the Floating Can.
Want to take your lesson further? Read the Archimedes crown story. Learn about the density of the planets. Research why we can float in salt water. Finally, try the amazing Fuddlebrook Candy Sink of Float Activity. All of these are great ways to further your students’ understanding of the rather complex topic of density.
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