Monday, June 10, 2013

Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by PracticallyParadise.

For Nonfiction Monday --  "The Polar Bear Scientists" by Peter Lourie.
Lourie enables readers to feel as though they've joined an expedition to study polar bears as part of the Alaskan Polar Bear Research Project.  Written at a 7th grade level, this book details the methods scientists use to identify and track individual animals, collect medical samples, and quantify data under the direction of Dr. Steven Amstrup. 
Lourie goes on to explain the results of this ongoing study and conclusions that have been drawn.  Glossary, polar bear field guide, suggested readings, websites, quoted sources, and an index provide ample enrichment as well as opportunities for follow up. Color photographs document the field and lab work.


DianeRChen Kelly said...

Fantastic! Makes me miss Middle School just to be able to emphasize the scientific process.

Tammy Flanders said...

I love this series and this particular entry was very interesting. It's a terrific classroom resource to show how and why scientists do what they do.
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