Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Newton and Me

Teaching children about Newton's Law in a kid-friendly way!

Mayer, Lynne.
Newton and Me.
February 2010.
Sylvan Dell Publishing.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

A little boy and his dog, Newton, discover much about forces of motion in this story as the two spend the day together exploring. Through simple, everyday child-friendly activities , such as rolling a ball, pushing a toy truck, pulling a wagon, riding a bike, and playing tug-of-war, children will learn a great deal about motion and moving objects.

I've had the opportunity to review several different Sylvan Dell titles in the year and a half my blog has been up and running. However, I don't think that until now, I've found a book that will be quite as useful and educational in my classroom! I feel very fortunate to be able to add this story to my collection. The curriculum used by my school has one preschool theme that's titled "Let's Move." This will be a wonderful addition to enhance my students' knowledge on movement and a unique way to incorporate science into the theme, as I can already envision my students having a great deal of fun exploring all of these different activities on their own!

Learning/Reading Activity:
  • I created an activity to go along with Newton and Me that is appropriate and can be used by my preschoolers. The activity has children exploring where objects move easier/quicker - on carpet or on the floor and then by pushing or pulling. This activity is 2-pages and can be downloaded here and here.
  • Sylvan Dell has also provided a Teaching Activities packet that can be downloaded here with many wonderful activities as well!

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