Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

September 27, 2017

by Laurie Wallmark
illustrated by Katy Wu

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Grace was a curious girl, exploring how clocks work by taking them apart and putting them back together again.  That curiosity and tensity continued into college where she took courses in physics and math while other women were taking courses called “Husbands and Wives” and “Motherhood.”  She continued to persevere until she convinced the Navy to enlist her even though she didn’t meet the age and weight requirements at the time.  Good thing they did, too!  Grace went on to write computer code that no one else had done, and fix problems that no one could seem to solve.

BUG! This term is known in the computer science world for a mistake in the program’s code.  In this book, the author shows how Grace Hopper and her colleagues actually found a bug inside their computer which cause a switch to malfunction.  Even since then, computer glitches have been called bugs!

At one point in the book Grace needs to pass Latin (she had a failing grade) in order to go to college.  Briefly, this book shows the hard work she does in order to accomplish something she didn’t like to get to her dream of going to college.

Check out this PDF for some discussion questions and extension activities to do with this book.

*Timeline activity in the PDF link above.

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We Found a Hat

October 18, 2016

by Jon Klassen

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Two turtles. One Hat. They found it together. So who should get it?

Great story about friendship, empathy, and sharing. What do you do if two people find one object? Who gets it? Is it right to go get it yourself if the other person is not watching?

Teach right and wrong with this great story!


Where’s the Elephant?

April 28, 2016

Wheres-the-Elephant Monday April 4th, 2016 There's a Book for That

Yes, this is a search-and-find book.

But, not in the typical “only find the elephant” kind of way.

This book introduces three characters: the elephant, the parrot, and the snake.  The remainder of the book is wordless where the reader encounters the animals’ habitat constantly shrinking due to deforestation.  Progressively, the animals become easier and easier to find.

Put this in your plans to use next year to compliment any environmental awareness unit or a great discussion starter on Earth Day!


The Typewriter

April 28, 2016

The Typewriter

by Bill Thomson

Wordless picture book author/illustrator Bill Thompson (author of Chalk and Fossil) is at it again.  This time the kids in the story come across an old typewriter.  When they put paper in it and write, the words come to life.

Add this to your must-use wordless picture books!

This book is also great to teach:

  • Cause and Effect
  • Beginning, Middle, and End
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Description through illustrations
  • Sequencing (using illustrations only)

 


It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

April 4, 2016

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

by Todd Parr

Just as the title suggests, this easy picture book teaches readers that mistakes are okay; in fact, they are points of learning!  Todd Parr gives various examples of mistakes that kids are likely to make.  Then he shows a resolution on how that mistake is okay, or even better than okay.

For example: It’s okay to change your mind.  (Shows an elephant afraid to dive off the high dive). Everyone is ready at a different time.

Example #2: It’s okay to be shy.  Being quiet can make you a good listener.

While teaching a great social skill of being okay making mistakes, this book would also be a great addition to a cause and effect lesson.


Pom and Pim — A Beginning Reader to Show Cause and Effect

March 16, 2016

Pom and Pim
by Lena and Olof Landstrom

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Blurb from the catalog: A child named Pom has a stuffed toy named Pim. Together they go outside on a nice sunny day, and a series of good luck and bad luck events lead them home again.

This text is a great beginning-reader text perfect for K-2 when teaching cause and effect.  The author uses the terms “good luck” and “bad luck” to show the effects of different occurrences.

This book also is also great for students to infer what happened from the illustrations.

Pair this book with the book Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack!