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Notable Science Focused Nonfiction Books
cK-12 STEM Classrooms
KYTE Learning Challenge: Facilitate a cK-12 Digital Classroom
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The YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award is given to the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18). The following books were nominated for the award and stand out as notable nonfiction in science for 2019.
What exactly is a Makerspace?
The Hyena Scientists, by Sy Montgomery. In a field camp in the Masai Mara,
Kenya, a Michigan State University zoologist Kay Holecamp and her assistants
reverse the much aligned stereotype associated with spotted hyenas,
discovering and sharing the many positive qualities of this species.
More Deadly than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World
War, by Kenneth Davis. The Spanish Flu actually had nothing to do with Spain. It
started in America and came out of nowhere. The book reveals the spread of the
disease and how the circumstances surrounding WWI worsened the impact and
spared few. This history will be one teens cannot put down.
Back From the Brink, by Nancy Castaldo. Castaldo provides a glimpse into how
human intervention can work, as she studies the journey of a number of species
that have nearly vanished from the planet.
The Disappearing Spoon and other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the
the History of the world by Sam Kean. Who knew the construction of the
periodic table was defined by economics, nationalism, society, gossip, bigotry,
betrayal? Kean's young readers' edition will enlighten those who have never
imagined the "drama" entrenched within scientific discovery.
Life on Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island by Loree Griffin Burnes. Surtsey, a new
island formed off the coast of Iceland in 1963 during a volcanic eruption,
provides scientists and an entomologist the opportunity to discover the origin
and development of life on planet earth.
Walking is a way of knowing, by Madhuri Ramesh. Ramesh and Chandi journey
to the Anamalai Hills of South India and walk in the wisdom of the Kadars, a
forest-dwelling, hunter-gatherer tribe whose knowledge may prove crucial to
the survival of our planet.
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies, by Joyce Sidman. In 17th century Germany, Maria
Merian studied and illustrated insects, particularly butterflies and moths. in a
manner and style which modern-day entomologists model.
Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles, by Jessica
Burkhart. This collection of short stories brings mental health issues to the
forefront by means of 31 deeply personal, moving, and insightful recollections.
Book summaries from YALSA's 2019 nonfiction nominee list.
Digital Classrooms, Customized Textbooks, STEM Concepts
Ck-12 students play, learn, interact, and explore with interactive STEM
simulations and adaptive practices through customizable digital textbooks.
Use the cK-12 libraries and personalize your students' learning.
Welcome to our Kyte Challenge! Each week in Media Weekly we will highlight a Kyte Learning course. You (alone or with colleagues) can learn a new skill a week while you add up CEU credits! Click on the Kyte link and use your DCS login and password.
This week's Kyte Challenge is to create a cK-12 classroom, facilitate student access and assign reading materials .