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.
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!
This illustrates how light can bend or refract. Our eyes refract light. Refractive errors are optical imperfections that prevent the eye from properly focusing light, causing blurred vision.
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.
The human body is simply awesome! And there's nothing more incredible than our eyes. When it comes to our health, we often visit our doctor to make sure our bodies are healthy. But what about our eyes? They utilize 65% of our brainpower and generate about 36,000 bits of information each hour.
In the Fuddlebrook book, The Eyes Have It, we learn more about the sense of sight and the incredible organ called our eye. In addition, here are some more interesting eye facts:
Your eyes start to develop two weeks after you are conceived. All babies no matter what nationality or race, have blue eyes in the womb.
Everyone is color blind at birth.
In spite of their crying sounds, babies tears don’t begin to flow until they’re around one to two months old.
Heterochromia is the eye condition in which a person is born with two differently colored eyes.
The human eye can detect 10 million color hues, but cannot see ultraviolet or infrared light. Insects can see ultraviolet light.
Your eyeballs stay the same size from birth to death, while your nose and ears continue to grow.
An eye is composed of more than 2 million working parts.
People who are blind can see their dreams if they weren’t born blind.
On a dark night, a human eye can see a candle flickering 30 miles away.
The most common injury caused by cosmetics is to the eye by a mascara wand.
So now you know more about our wonderful eyes. Want to know more? Learn along with Liza, Freddie, Bert, and Herman Tweed as Mrs. Wigglebum teaches about the sense of sight, light, and protecting our eyes in The “Eye’s” Have It. Then try “Liza’s Moving Arrows” to learn about light refraction and observe an interesting optical illusion. It’s easy to do but and sure to offer some ooohs and ahhhhs. And remember, take care of those wonderful eyes!
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