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Air and Weather – Recommended Books

FOSS has developed a list of recommended resources for each module. These resources include listings for nonfiction and fiction books for students, resource books for teachers, websites, images, videos, and local resources that extend the hands-on science activities in each module.
Resources intended for teachers only are labeled with yellow: Teacher-only Resource
Resources intended for students are labeled in blue: Student Resource
Books: Non-Fiction
Some of these resources may be out-of-print, either permanently or for a short time while they are being reprinted. These resources have been included here because they are still good extensions (some classic) to the FOSS modules and courses. If you can't find them for purchase, check your local library or try searching one of the used book sites available online.

We also provide printable lists of the recommended books for all Next Generation and Third Edition K-5 modules on the Science-Centered Language Development information page under the Teaching Tools menu.
A Tree For All Seasons
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Robin BernardPublisher:  National GeographicPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-792-2942-70Description:  Students get a bird's-eye view of the big changes that the seasons bring by watching a tree grow over time. A big-book version with a teacher's guide is available.
Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather
Author:  Mark MonmonierPublisher:  University of Chicago PressPublication Year:  2000ISBN:  0-226-53423-5Description:  Traces the scientific debates that try to unravel the enigma of storms and global change. Explains strategies for forecasting severe weather, and efforts to detect and control air pollution.
All about Temperature
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Alison AuchPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-6608-4Description:  Why does the red stuff in the thermometer go up and down? Temperature! Let the Sahara Desert and Antarctica show you All about Temperature.
All Kinds of Motion
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Jennifer WatersPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-6607-7Description:  What do Earth, hot air balloons, and escalators have in common? Motion! Let rushing water, gliding kites, and bumping cars show you All Kinds of Motion.
Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart of Nature Education
Author:  David SobelPublisher:  The Orion Society's Nature Literacy SeriesPublication Year:  1996ISBN:  913098507Description:  If you teach, or feel you should teach, about environmental issues to students in grades K-8, then it is essential that you read this book. Sobel's primary argument is that well-intentioned educators often dive into issues about how humans are destroying Earth (rain forests are burning, polar bears are dying, oil is killing everything) at too young of an age. He writes, "What's important is that children have an opportunity to bond with the natural world, to learn to love it, before being ask to heal its wounds." He proposes three phases of environmental curricula, "In early childhood, activities should center on enhancing the developmental tendency toward empathy with the natural world; in middle childhood, exploration should take precedence; and in the early adolescence, social action should assume a more central role."
Braving the Elements: The Stormy History of American Weather
Author:  David LaskinPublisher:  Anchor BooksPublication Year:  1997ISBN:  0-385-46956-XDescription:  Americans are fascinated with weather, and North America is a land of extreme weather. This book contains stories from over the centuries about hurricanes, droughts, blizzards, dust bowls, and other extreme weather that has affected our land. The author offers the history of how weather has changed Americans and shaped the nation.
Bubbles Float, Bubbles Pop
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Mark WeaklandPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5250-6Description:  What makes a bubble float? Are the bubbles in your soda the same as the bubbles in your tub? What makes a bubble pop? Discover the wonder and science of bubbles in Bubbles Float, Bubbles Pop.
Caliente O Frio (Hot or Cold?)
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Elena MartinPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-7368-4129-6Description:  Introduces objects that are either hot or cold, and invites the reader to identify hot or cold things around themselves. Spanish version.
Climates
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Theresa Jarosz AlbertiPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-736-83735-3Description:  Introduces the main climates on Earth, including tropical, temperate, polar, and dry climates.
Cloud Dance
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Thomas LockerPublisher:  HarcourtPublication Year:  2003ISBN:  0-152-04596-1Description:  Many kinds of clouds are depicted in Locker's dramatic oil paintings and briefly described in poetic descriptions. Information at the back tells more about cloud formations.
Clouds
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Maryellen GregoirePublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-736-83736-1Description:  Describes clouds, how they form, and how they affect the weather.
Colors of Weather
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Laura Purdie SalasPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5258-2Description:  Do you love the dazzling golden rays of summer sunshine? Maybe you prefer the cool, crisp white of winter snow? The colors of weather are amazing every day. Discover them all in Colors of Weather.
El Sol / The Sun
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Martha E. H. RustadPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5343-5Description:  Simple text and photographs introduce the Sun and its features. In Spanish and English.
Exploring Fall
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Terri DeGezellePublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2012ISBN:  9781429676960Description:  Put on a sweater and jump in some dry fall leaves. Cheer your favorite football team. Watch squirrels gather nuts. See how fall brings changes for weather, people, plants, and animals. (From the Exploring the Seasons series.)
Exploring Spring
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Terri DeGezellePublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2012ISBN:  9781429676977Description:  Get out your raincoat because spring showers are here. Watch plants sprout and baby animals take their first steps. See how spring brings changes for weather, people, plants, and animals. (From the Exploring the Seasons series.)
Exploring Summer
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Terri DeGezellePublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2012ISBN:  9781429676984Description:  Put on some shorts and try to stay cool in the hot summer season. Watch fruit ripen and baby animals grow up. See how summer brings changes for weather, people, plants, and animals. (From the Exploring the Seasons series.)
Exploring The Sky By Day: The Equinox Guide to Weather and the Atmosphere
Grade Level:  3-7Author:  Terence DickinsonPublisher:  Tandem LibraryPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  613126432Description:  Offers fascinating insight into phenomena such as lightning, clouds, storms, solar halos, sun dogs, and sunsets.
Exploring Winter
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Terri DeGezellePublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2012ISBN:  9781429676991Description:  Even if it doesn't snow where you live, winter is the coldest season. Trees rest and wait for spring. People get out their heavy coats. See how winter brings changes for weather, people, plants, and animals. (From the Exploring the Seasons series.)
Eye of the Storm: A book about Hurricanes
Author:  Rick ThomasIllustrator:  Denise SheaPublisher:  Picture Window BooksPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  1404809287Description:  A brief introduction to hurricane and storm signs.
Feel the Wind
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Arthur DorrosPublisher:  HarperPublication Year:  1990ISBN:  0-064-45095-3Description:  Explains what causes wind and how it affects our environment. Includes instructions for making a weather vane.
Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Franklyn M. BranleyIllustrator:  True KelleyPublisher:  HarperPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-064-45179-8Description:  Explains how and why a thunderstorm occurs and gives safety steps to follow when lightning is flashing.
Floods
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Matt DoedenPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-4720-5Description:  Provide young readers with a better understanding of what causes these weather events and how to stay safe should a dangerous situation arise. With simple text and large, outstanding photos, readers will not only be informed, but also gain an appreciation of these awesome phenomenons.
Fog
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Helen FrostPublication Year:  2004ISBN:  0-7368-2093-0Description:  Simple text and photographs present fog, how it is formed, and how it affects the Earth and people.
Fuegos arrasadores/Wildfires
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Matt DoedenPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-6120-1Description:  Describes wildfires, how they occur, and the ways people can stay safe.
Global Warming (Protect Our Planet)
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Angela RoystonPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryPublication Year:  2008ISBN:  143290924X.Description:  Do you have struggling readers in your class? This book, with its simplified text, could be the missing piece for some of your fifth and sixth graders, allowing all of your students to read independently. Royston wisely dedicates about half of the book to solutions that students can feel good about or take part in.
Gobble, Gobble
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Cathryn FalwellIllustrator:  Cathryn FalwellPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-58469-148-8Description:  Arrow-shaped footprints lead a young backyard naturalist to a flock of funny-looking birds with big strong feet: Wild Turkeys! Once nearly extinct, these comical critters now gobble their way across North America. Follow Jenny through a year of enchantment as she shares her discovery of these wonderful birds. Falwell also offers tips for children to make their own cut-paper pictures and how to keep a nature journal.
Gusts and Gales: A Book About Wind
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Josepha ShermanIllustrator:  Omarr WesleyPublisher:  Picture Window BooksPublication Year:  2004ISBN:  1-404-80094-8Description:  Illustrations and simple text describe the different types of wind and how they are formed. Facts, resources, a glossary, and an activity are found at the end of the book.
Hibernation
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Margaret HallPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6339-1Description:  Winters can be long and cold without much food. Some animals rest through the frozen months by hibernating. Find out how these animals sleep through winter year after year.
Hide and Seek Moon: The Moon Phases
Grade Level:  1-4Author:  Robin KoontzIllustrator:  Chris DavidsonPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5365-7Description:  In graphic novel format, text and illustrations describe the eight phases of the moon.
How Do Tornadoes Form? And Other Questions Kids Have About Weather
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Suzanne SladeIllustrator:  Cary PilloPublisher:  Picture Window BooksPublication Year:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4048-6048-3Description:  What is the coldest place on Earth? How many kinds of clouds are there? Why do rainbows form? You've got questions about weather, and Kids' Questions has answers!
Huracanes / Hurricanes
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Mari SchuhPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-5356-5Description:  Describes hurricanes, how they form, and the damage they cause--in both English and Spanish
Hurricanes
Grade Level:  2-8Author:  Seymour SimonPublisher:  HarperPublication Year:  2003ISBN:  688162916Description:  Describes the formation of hurricanes, the effects of heavy winds and rain, and the damage caused by flooding after a hurricane has passed. Satellite images and full-color photographs are included, as well as stories about hurricanes, including Andrew, Camille, and Floyd.
Inundaciones/Floods
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Matt DoedenPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-6121-8Description:  Describes floods, how they occur, and ways to stay safe during a flood.
Juush! Ruum! Un Libro Sobre Tornados (Series)
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Rick ThomasIllustrator:  Denise ShePublisher:  Picture Window BooksPublication Year:  2007ISBN:  978-1-4048-3237-4Description:  In Spanish. Fun, fact-filled books written in conversational Spanish (English available) that are culturally sound. This particular book discusses details about how tornados are created and what happens in their presence.
Las burbujas flotan, las burbujas explotan / Bubbles Float, Bubbles Pop
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Mark WeaklandPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2012ISBN:  9781429682572Description:  What makes a bubble float? Are the bubbles in your soda the same as the bubbles in your tub? What makes a bubble pop? Discover the wonder and science of bubbles in Bubbles Float, Bubbles Pop.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Grade Level:  12-12Author:  Richard Louv.Publisher:  Algonquin BooksPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  1565125223Description:  Today's wired generation is the focus of this work linking the absence of nature in today's children to trends in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Louv uses recent research to suggest that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development. This book should bring about challenging discussion about how "nature deficit" affects students in your classroom.
Lets Look at Fall (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Capstone PressPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6705-4Description:  Readers will observe, investigate, and predict changes in plants, animals, and weather in fall.
Lets Look at Spring (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Capstone PressPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6707-8Description:  Readers will observe, investigate, and predict changes in plants, animals, and weather in spring.
Lets Look at Summer (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Capstone PressPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6708-5Description:  Readers will observe, investigate, and predict changes in plants, animals, and weather in summer.
Lets Look at Winter (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Capstone PressPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6706-1Description:  Readers will observe, investigate, and predict changes in plants, animals, and weather in winter.
Los Planetas / The Planets
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Martha E. H. RustadPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5341-1Description:  Photographs and simple text introduce the planets in our solar system. In Spanish and English.
On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World's Weather
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Marilyn SingerIllustrator:  FranÈ LessacPublisher:  HarperPublication Year:  2001ISBN:  0-064-43528-8Description:  On the same day in March, the weather is drastically different from one country to another around the world. When it is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it is autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.
Precipitation
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Terri SievertPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-736-83737-XDescription:  Discusses the different forms of precipitation and how rain and snow are measured.
Rain
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Gail Saunders-SmithPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  1998ISBN:  1-560-65778-2Description:  Simply describes what rain is, along with the water cycle.
Reasons for Seasons
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Gail GibbonsPublisher:  Holiday HousePublication Year:  1996ISBN:  0-823-41238-5Description:  An explanation of how the position of Earth in relation to the sun causes seasons, and the wonders that come with each one of them.
Rumble, Boom! A book about Thunderstorms
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Rick ThomasIllustrator:  Denise SheaPublisher:  Picture Window BooksPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  1-404-80929-5Description:  Offers a brief introduction of the formation of thunderstorms.
Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool, K-8
Author:  Herbert W. BrodaPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  1571107290Description:  This is a great book that incorporates the most recent research from experts who are working to connect children to the outdoor world. It is well-researched, exciting to read, and grounded in the realities of today's school experiences. Broda writes, "Although there are many good reasons for taking students outside—educational, social, aesthetic, recreational—I have to admit that one of my most compelling reasons is to provide opportunities for kids to experience that sense of wonder . . . The more we take children outside for learning activities, the greater the probability for moments of awe and insight." This book gives you everything you need to start using the schoolyard.
Seasons of the Year
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Margaret HallPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6341-4Description:  Jackets, sweaters, shorts, and boots. Why do the seasons change the weather? Find out how and why the pattern of spring, summer, winter, and autumn repeats in this book.
Sky Tree: Seeing Science Through Art
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Thomas LockerPublisher:  HarperPublication Year:  1995ISBN:  0-064-43750-7Description:  Oil paintings chronicle the life of a tree throughout the seasons. Questions and answers bring together art appreciation and scientific exploration through inquiry. This selection is also useful for lessons in literary response and analysis.
Snow
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Helen FrostPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2004ISBN:  0-736-82095-7Description:  Simple text and photographs present snow, how it is formed, and how it affects people and the earth.
Snow is Falling
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Franklyn M. BranleyIllustrator:  Holly KellerPublisher:  HarperPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-064-45186-0Description:  Includes basic observations about snow and its effects on people, animals, and Earth. This new edition is enhanced by bright artwork and simple text to convey the weather concepts. Includes activities and a resource section for teachers.
Splish! Splash! A Book About Rain
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Josepha ShermanIllustrator:  Jeff YeshPublisher:  Picture Window BooksPublication Year:  2004ISBN:  1-404-80095-6Description:  Illustrations and simple text describe rain, the water cycle, and its effect on our planet. Facts, resources, a glossary, and an activity are found at the end of the book.
Sunshine
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Gail Saunders-SmithPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  1998ISBN:  1-560-65780-4Description:  Describes the effects on Earth of light from the sun and how it causes temperature changes, the seasons, winds, and clouds.
Temperature
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Rebecca OlienPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-736-82619-XDescription:  Introduces temperature and provides instructions for an activity to demonstrate some of its characteristics.
Ten-Minute Field Trips: A Teacher's Guide to Using the Schoolgrounds for Environmental Studies (3rd edition)
Author:  Helen Ross RussellPublisher:  NSTA PressPublication Year:  2001ISBN:  873550986Description:  Don't let the fact that this book was originally published in 1973 fool you into skipping it; it is quite timely for today's once available funding for field trips. Ten-minute field trips are something you have time for and can afford! This book is brimming with ideas for things to try and observe right outside the classroom door. Russell embraces the use of the schoolyard no matter where your school is located; many of the mini trips described in this book can be performed on the asphalt of an urban schoolyard. Russell presents straightforward background knowledge for you and thoughtful inquiry questions for your students.
The Cloud Book
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Tomie dePaolaIllustrator:  Tomie DePaolaPublisher:  Holiday HousePublication Year:  1984ISBN:  0-823-40531-1Description:  The ten most common types of clouds are identified by both their familiar and scientific names. They are introduced along with the myths that have been inspired by their shapes and what they indicate about the weather.
The Coldest Places On Earth
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Jennifer M. BeselPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3961-3Description:  Visit a hotel made of ice. Travel to a city where metal eyeglasses freeze to faces. By opening this book you will journey to places on earth where temperatures reach extreme lows.
The Eco-Family's Guide to Living Green
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  J. Angelique JohnsonIllustrator:  Kyle PolingPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4048-6026-1Description:  Are you part of an eco-family? Check out each room of a house for what to do and what to change. From light bulbs to showerheads, learn green tips to get your family on the eco-friendly track.
The Eco-Student's Guide to Being Green at School
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  J. Angelique JohnsonIllustrator:  Kyle PolingPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4048-6027-8Description:  Are you an eco-student? Check out each room of this school for what to do and what to change. From backpacks to textbooks, learn green tips to get your friends and teachers on the eco-friendly track.
The Magic School Bus: Inside a Hurricane
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Joanna ColeIllustrator:  Bruce DegenPublisher:  ScholasticPublication Year:  1996ISBN:  0-590-44687-8Description:  Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a Magic School Bus trip into the clouds to gather facts about hurricanes. The science is presented in an easy-to-understand format that includes samples of journals and reports.
The Moon Book
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Gail GibbonsPublisher:  Holiday HousePublication Year:  1998ISBN:  0-823-41364-0Description:  Describes the movement and phases of the Moon, its effect on Earth's oceans, and Moon exploration. Discusses how people have observed and explored it through time and in various cultures.
The Moon Seems To Change
Grade Level:  2-3Author:  Frankyn M. BranleyIllustrator:  Barbara and Ed EmberleyPublisher:  HarperTrophyPublication Year:  1987ISBN:  0-0644-5065-1Description:  Describes the Moon in terms and comparisons that are accessible for primary students. The illustrations enhance the quietly wondrous quality of the book.
The Power of Energy
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Rebecca WeberPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-6605-3Description:  What does eating a waffle have to do with swinging a bat? Energy! Let food, wind, water, and sunlight show you the Power of Energy.
The Role of Public Policy in K—12 Science Education
Author:  George E. DeBoer, editorPublisher:  AAAS Project 2061 (Research in Science Education Series)Publication Year:  2011Description:  

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Linda De Lucchi and Larry Malone, co-directors of the FOSS Project, have co-written a chapter entitled "The Effect of Educational Policy on Curriculum Development: A Perspective from the Lawrence Hall of Science" as part of this publication. The goal of this volume of Research in Science Education is to examine the relationship between science education policy and practice and the special role that science education researchers play in influencing policy. It has been suggested that the science education research community is isolated from the political process, pays little attention to policy matters, and has little influence on policy. But to influence policy, it is important to understand how policy is made and how it is implemented. This volume sheds light on the intersection between policy and practice through both theoretical discussions and practical examples.

This book was written primarily about science education policy development in the context of the highly decentralized educational system of the United States. But, because policy development is fundamentally a social activity involving knowledge, values, and personal and community interests, there are similarities in how education policy gets enacted and implemented around the world.

This volume is meant to be useful to science education researchers and to practitioners such as teachers and administrators because it provides information about which aspects of the science education enterprise are affected by state, local, and national policies. It also provides helpful information for researchers and practitioners who wonder how they might influence policy. In particular, it points out how the values of people who are affected by policy initiatives are critical to the implementation of those policies.

The Weather Book: An Easy-to-understand Guide To The USA's Weather
Author:  Jack WilliamsIllustrator:  0-679-77665-6Publisher:  Vintage BooksPublication Year:  1997ISBN:  0-679-77665-6Description:  Scientifically accurate, easy-to-understand weather guide. Full-color graphics explain and illustrate weather concepts.
The Wettest Places On Earth
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Martha E. H. RustadPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3966-8Description:  Visit a city where rain falls almost daily. Find out what city had the most rain fall in one day. By opening this book you will journey to places on earth where precipitation reaches extreme highs.
Thermometers
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Adele RichardsonPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2004ISBN:  0-736-82519-3Description:  Introduces the function, parts, and uses of thermometers, and provides instructions for two activities that demonstrate how a thermometer works.
Tornadoes
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Mari SchuhPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3434-2Description:  Provide young readers with a better understanding of what causes these weather events and how to stay safe should a dangerous situation arise.
Twisters: A Book about Tornadoes
Author:  Rick ThomasIllustrator:  Denise SheaPublisher:  Picture Window BooksPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  1404809309Description:  A brief introduction of how tornadoes form.
Water as a Gas
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Helen FrostPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-736-80412-9Description:  Simple text presents facts about the properties and behavior of water as a gas.
Water as a Liquid
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Helen FrostPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-736-80410-2Description:  Simple text presents facts about water in its liquid state, where it is found, and some of its properties.
Water as a Solid
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Helen FrostPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-736-80411-0Description:  Simple text presents facts about water in its solid state, its properties, and its uses.
Water Goes Round: The Water Cycle
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Robin KoontzIllustrator:  Chris DavidsonPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5364-0Description:  In graphic novel format, text and illustrations describe the key stages of the water cycle.
Weather Instruments
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Delta EducationPublisher:  Delta EducationPublication Year:  2003ISBN:  1-592-42260-8Description:  Students read about the causes of weather, precipitation and cloud formation, different methods of measuring air temperature and pressure, wind, and weather instruments.
Weather Legends: Native American Lore and the Science of Weather
Author:  Carole Garbuny VogelPublisher:  Lerner PublishingPublication Year:  2001ISBN:  0-761-31900-XDescription:  Native Americans viewed weather as a blend of the physical and the spiritual. Storytellers of various tribes passed on legends that involved evil serpents, a winged storm king, and thunder and lightning warriors. The ten legends are followed by scientific explanations of each weather event.
What Happens in Summer?
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Sara L. LattaPublisher:  Enslow PublishersPublication Year:  2006ISBN:  0-7660-2416-4Description:  When does summer start? Why is summer weather warm? What do plants and animals do in the summer? Learn the answers to these questions, and many others, as you start learning about the seasons.
What Lives In A Shell?
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Kathleen Weidner ZoehfeldIllustrator:  Helen K. DaviePublisher:  HarperTrophyPublication Year:  1994ISBN:  0-064-45124-0Description:  Snails, turtles, crabs, and clams all have shells that serve as their homes and protect them from harm. An engaging book that invites students to compare shells and the animals that inhabit them.
What Will The Weather Be?
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Lynda DeWittIllustrator:  Carolyn CrollPublisher:  HarpercrestPublication Year:  1991ISBN:  0-06-445113-5Description:  Explains the basic characteristics of weather-temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, air pressure-and how meteorologists gather data for their forecasts.
What's the Difference Between a Turtle and a Tortoise?
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Trisha Speed ShaskanIllustrator:  Bandelin-DaceyPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4048-5546-5Description:  One animal has a lightweight shell. The other animal’s shell is heavy. Do you know the differences between a turtle and a tortoise?
What's The Weather Today?
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Allan FowlerPublication Year:  1991ISBN:  0-516-44918-4Description:  This simple reader describes different kinds of weather a young child might experience throughout the year.
When A Storm Comes Up
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Allan FowlerPublication Year:  1995ISBN:  0-516-46035-8Description:  This simple reader describes different conditions of stormy weather.
Wildfires
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Matt DoedenPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-4719-9Description:  Provide young readers with a better understanding of what causes these weather events and how to stay safe should a dangerous situation arise. With simple text and large, outstanding photos, readers will not only be informed, but also gain an appreciation of these awesome phenomenons.
Wind
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Terri DoughertyPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-736-83740-XDescription:  Discusses wind and how it affects the weather.
Wind: How the Flow of Air Has Shaped Life, Myth, and the Land
Author:  Jan De Blieu, Harry Foster (Editor)Publisher:  Houghton MifflinPublication Year:  1998ISBN:  978-0395780336
Sources of Light
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Daniel NunnPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryISBN:  978-1-4329-6621-8Description:  The Light All Around Us series introduces young readers to the concept of light, explaining key scientific concepts through a combination of simple, leveled text and stunning photographs. This book looks at sources of light.
Books: Fiction
Some of these resources may be out-of-print, either permanently or for a short time while they are being reprinted. These resources have been included here because they are still good extensions (some classic) to the FOSS modules and courses. If you can't find them for purchase, check your local library or try searching one of the used book sites available online.
A Child's Calendar
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  John UpdikeIllustrator:  Trina Schart HymanPublisher:  Holiday HousePublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-823-41445-0Description:  Poetry. A year in New England is viewed month-by-month and season-by-season in poems told through the voice of a child.
A Stormy Surprise
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Jessica GundersonIllustrator:  Mernie Gallagher-ColePublisher:  Picture Window BooksPublication Year:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4048-4223-6Description:  Ashley and Eric are stuck indoors because of a thunderstorm. Just when Ashley and Eric think their day is ruined, their dad tells them there is a surprise hidden somewhere in the house. When the lights go out, Ashley and Eric come to understand the importance of electricity.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Judi BarrettIllustrator:  Ron BarrettPublisher:  AladdinPublication Year:  1992ISBN:  0-689-70749-5Description:  In the town of Chewandswallow, the weather provides all the food the townspeople need three times a day. It rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers. When the weather takes a turn for the worse, something has to be done in a hurry.
Gilberto and the Wind
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Maria Hall EtsPublisher:  PenguinPublication Year:  1978ISBN:  0-140-50276-9Description:  A young boy finds in the wind a playmate of many moods: one that can sail boats, fly kites, blow dirt, and turn umbrellas inside out. The brown-tinted illustrations show the wind's action illuminated in white.
Hurricane
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  David WiesnerPublisher:  SandpiperPublication Year:  1992ISBN:  0-395-62974-8Description:  The morning after a hurricane, two brothers find an uprooted tree, which transports them into imaginary adventures. The magnitude and sequence of the storm are captured in the full-color, detailed paintings. Based on a childhood experience, this is a read-aloud choice when studying weather.
It Looked Like Spilt Milk
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Charles G. ShawPublisher:  HarperPublication Year:  1988ISBN:  0-064-43159-2.Description:  The simple text describes a white blob as spilt milk, as a rabbit, and as other creatures, until the shape is finally identified as a cloud.
It's Snowing! It's Snowing!
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Jack PrelutskyIllustrator:  Jeanne TitheringtonPublisher:  William Morrow and Co.Publication Year:  1984ISBN:  0-688-01513-1Description:  Poetry. This collection of 17 poems highlights the seasonal changes that winter brings. The poems contain strong meter and rhyme and cover cold-weather activities, changes in the environment, snowflakes, and snowmen.
Katy and The Big Snow
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Virginia Lee BurtonPublisher:  SandpiperPublication Year:  1973ISBN:  0-395-18562-9Description:  The story of Katy, the red tractor/bulldozer that helps dig out the city after a big snowstorm
Listen to the Rain
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Bill Martin, Jr.; John ArchambaultIllustrator:  James EndicottPublisher:  Henry HoltPublication Year:  1988ISBN:  0-805-00682-6Description:  Poetry. The many moods that rainy days bring, especially outdoors, are evoked with soft, gentle pictures of insects and leaves.
Over and Over
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Charlotte ZolotowIllustrator:  Garth WilliamsPublisher:  HarperPublication Year:  1995ISBN:  0-064-43415-XDescription:  A little girl and her mother observe the passage of the seasons as they celebrate the year's holidays, beginning with Christmas and ending after Thanksgiving.
Pieces
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Anna Grossnickle HinesPublisher:  Greenwillow BooksPublication Year:  2003ISBN:  0-060-55960-8Description:  Poetry. A patchwork of 20 short seasonal poems paired with original quilt patterns that deal with such things as winter cold, fall leaves, flowers in spring, and the return of weeds.
Sky, Sea, the Jetty, and Me
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Leonard E. FisherPublisher:  Marshall CavendishPublication Year:  2001ISBN:  0-761-45082-3Description:  A young boy describes how a storm sweeps over the ocean jetty where he likes to spend time. As a sudden, violent summer storm arrives accompanied by thunder and lightning, he takes refuge in his beachside home.
Snowballs
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Lois EhlertPublisher:  HarcourtPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-152-02095-0Description:  Snow-loving readers are shown how to build a snow family with the help of household items and unusual objects. A recipe for popcorn balls that can be turned into "snowmen" appears at the end.
Storm In The Night
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Mary StolzIllustrator:  Pat CummingsPublisher:  HarperPublication Year:  1988ISBN:  0-064-4325-64Description:  While sitting through a fearsome thunderstorm that has put the lights out, Thomas hears a story from Grandfather's boyhood, when Grandfather was afraid of thunderstorms.
Summer: An Alphabet Acrostic
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Steven SchnurIllustrator:  Leslie EvansPublisher:  Clarion BooksPublication Year:  2001ISBN:  0-618-02372-0Description:  Poetry. This acrostic poetry collection alphabetically describes animals and activities of the summer season. Each poem is accompanied by a linoleum-block illustration incorporating rich colors and bold lines. Clever wordplay provides an excellent model for student writing and art.
The Big Balloon Race
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Eleanor CoerrIllustrator:  Carolyn CrollPublisher:  HarpercrestPublication Year:  1992ISBN:  0-064-4405-32Description:  Ariel almost causes her famous mother to lose a balloon race and then helps her win it.
The Little Island
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Margaret Wise BrownIllustrator:  Leonard WeisgardPublisher:  Random HousePublication Year:  2003ISBN:  0-385-74640-7Description:  A poetic text with pictures describes changes that occur on a small island as the seasons come and go, as day changes to night, and as a storm approaches.
The Rain Came Down
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  David ShannonPublisher:  Blue Sky PressPublication Year:  2000ISBN:  0-439-05021-9Description:  An unexpected rainstorm causes neighbors to squabble and animals to squawk, bark, and meow. When the sun comes out, the air is sweet, a rainbow appears, and calm is restored. A great read-aloud choice when introducing weather.
The Snail's Spell
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Joanne RyderIllustrator:  Lynn CherryPublisher:  PuffinPublication Year:  1988ISBN:  0-140-50891-0Description:  A child takes an imaginary journey into a garden teeming with living things as he shrinks to the size of a snail and experiences the world from that perspective.
The Snowy Day
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Ezra Jack KeatsPublisher:  Viking PressPublication Year:  1998ISBN:  0-670-65400-0Description:  A classic story that describes a young boy's delight, sense of wonder, and enjoyment of snow in the city.
The Wind
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Monique FelixPublisher:  Creative EducationPublication Year:  1995ISBN:  0-88682-406-0Description:  A story without words about how a little mouse trapped in a book discovers the wind.
Up, Up, in the Air
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Molly BlaisdellIllustrator:  Ronnie RooneyPublisher:  Picture Window BooksPublication Year:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4048-4220-5Description:  When Jamar sees a newspaper ad for a kite flying contest, he decides he is up for the challenge. Jamar and his father make a trip to the library, where they find some books on making and flying kites. Jamar learns about lift, drag, and more about air.
Water Dance
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Thomas LockerPublisher:  HarcourtPublication Year:  2002ISBN:  0-152-16396-4Description:  Poetry. A poem describes the many forms water takes, including storm clouds, mist, rainbows, and rivers. Includes factual information about the water cycle.