The Amazing World of Science: Upper Elementary Level Science Books for Substitute Teachers

Finding great books to share with the upper elementary crowd can be quite a challenge. By the time students reach third grade, gathering around the teacher for “story time” has kind of lost its appeal for some. Fairy tales and cute picture books just won’t do the trick–you need to find something that will really grab their attention. One exciting subject most kids love is science (even if they don’t know it yet). Science is very versatile because it encompasses so many aspects of the world–animals, plants, weather, astronomy… When it comes to science, you can find a book to please even the toughest critics. Check out these amazing science books for substitute teachers that are sure to wow your upper elementary students:

1. Eco Dogs (Dog Heroes). This book follows some truly outstanding canines in their incredible journey to help endangered animals. These dogs work with wildlife scientists to discover threats to endangered species and help preserve their natural habitats. It takes a lot of discipline and an incredible amount of concentration to become an eco dog. The book contains true stories and astonishing full-color photos. Your students will be amazed by the work that these furry heroes engage in on a daily basis.

2. Tornado! The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms. Weather is incredibly fascinating, and what weather phenomenon is more attention-grabbing than the tornado? Tornadoes are terrifying and destructive, yet they hold a strange fascination for many of us. This book pairs scientific lessons on the formation of tornadoes with historical data and first-hand accounts from survivors and storm chasers.

3. Is There Life on Other Planets? And Other Question About Space (Is That a Fact?). This engaging book is a fantastic conversation starter and a wonderful way to get your students talking about space. Investigate 17 different statements about space, discovering which are fact, which are fiction, and which ones still stump scientists today. Encourage your students to discuss those “unknown” statements and come up with their own theories!

4. The Pier at the End of the World. This book is nothing short of fascinating. Take your students on an exciting trip to an underwater world filled with beauty and wonder. This title is on the NSTA 2016 Outstanding Science List for a reason–breathtaking underwater photography showcases incredible creatures in their natural habitat. Your classroom will be filled with “oohs” and “aahs” as students take in astonishing scenes like a starfish digesting its prey, a hermit crab changing shells, and a sea slug using stolen cells from an anemone to protect itself.

5. One Minute Mysteries: 65 More Short Mysteries You Solve with Science. This book is tons of fun and sure to spark creativity among your students. Entertaining short stories will encourage your students to use critical thinking skills to solve the mystery while applying newly acquired science knowledge as well. Many areas of science are covered in these mysteries, including earth, space, physics, chemistry, and general science.

These science books are incredibly captivating and will have your students fully engaged and excited to expand on what they have learned. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about fantastic books to please students of all grade levels.

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