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Matter and Energy – 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.
101 Things Everyone Should Know about Science
Grade Level:  3-12Author:  Dia Michels and Nathan LevyPublisher:  Science Naturally!Year:  2006ISBN:  0-9678020-5-9Description:  101 Things Everyone Should Know About Science uses a question-and answer format to entice the reader into learning more about key concepts in biology, chemistry, physics, earth, and general science. This book is perfect for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of how science impacts everyday life. Some questions include "Why do you see lightning before you hear thunder?" "What keeps the planets orbiting around the sun?" "Why do we put salt on roads when they are icy?"
A Handbook to the Universe: Explorations of Matter, Energy, Space, and Time for Beginning Scientific Thinkers
Author:  Richard PaulPublisher:  Chicago Review PressYear:  1993ISBN:  1-556-52172-3Description:  Explains the principles behind subjects ranging from the basic theories of energy, sound, and light to the more sophisticated logic of relativity, nuclear physics, and quantum mechanics.
A Refreshing Look at Renewable Energy with Max Axiom Super Scientist
Grade Level:  4-8Author:  Katherine KrohnIllustrator:  Cynthia Martin, Barbara SchulzPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1429-63902-6Description:  Graphic nonfiction features a "super scientist" who is super knowledgeable about renewable energy. Where does energy come from, what makes energy renewable, large-scale renewable energy, and new roads in renewable energy are all discussed in this unique science book.
Alternative Energy: Beyond Fossil Fuels
Grade Level:  4-8Author:  Dana Meachen RauPublisher:  Compass PointYear:  2010ISBN:  978-0756-54247-4Description:  Alternative energy sources such as water, wind, and sun provide promising and environmentally friendly solutions to the energy crisis. This book address the alternatives including simply using less electricity.
Atoms
Grade Level:  1-4Author:  Cindy Devine Dalton, Ed Sikora, Teresa Sikora, Kathleen CarreiroPublisher:  RourkeYear:  2001ISBN:  1-589-52010-6Description:  An excellent starting point for primary students learning the concepts of atoms, atomic energy, and matter.
Atoms
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Melissa StewartPublisher:  Compass PointYear:  2003ISBN:  0-7565-0441-4Description:  The full-color books in the Simply Science series explains the key concepts of atoms in an easy-to-understand way.
Color
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Ellen Sturm NizPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2006ISBN:  0-7368-5400-2Description:  Color fills the world around us. Learn in this book how we see color and how different objects can be different colors.
Energy from the Sun
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Allan FowlerPublisher:  Children's PressYear:  1998ISBN:  0-516-26255-6Description:  Defines energy and examines why energy from the Sun is necessary for life on Earth.
Energy Makes Things Happen
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Kimberly Brubaker BradleyIllustrator:  Paul MeiselPublisher:  HarperYear:  2003ISBN:  0-064-45213-1Description:  Simple language and humorous illustrations show that energy comes originally from the Sun and transfers from one thing to another.
Environmentalism: How You Can Make A Difference
Grade Level:  5-8Author:  Mary McIntyre ColeyPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1429-62797-9Description:  Inspiring stories of real kids working to make a difference for the environment.
Force and Motion
Grade Level:  2-3Author:  Delta EducationPublisher:  Delta EducationYear:  2003ISBN:  1-592-42252-7Description:  Students read about the relationship between force, motion, and work. They discover how the six simple machines help people do work by moving objects easier, faster, or farther. Finally, students find out how the waterwheel works and how friction affects motion.
Forces and Movement
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Peter D. Riley, Jinny JohnsonPublisher:  Franklin WattsYear:  2005ISBN:  0-531-15368-1Description:  Introduces the basic science behind forces and movement, presents experiments to show how they work, and shows how these principles can be applied in everyday life.
Forces and Movement
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Peter D. Riley, Jinny JohnsonPublisher:  Franklin WattsYear:  1998ISBN:  0-531-15368-1Description:  Introduces the basic science behind forces and movement, presents experiments to show how they work, and shows how these principles can be applied in everyday life.
From Rock to Fireworks
Author:  Gary W. DavisPublisher:  Children's PressYear:  1998ISBN:  0-516-20364-9Description:  Details the astounding transformations that raw materials experience as they are manufactured into goods that every child knows and uses. Young readers will see mud made into the bricks used to build a house, a cow's milk turned into ice cream, fiberglass used to make a boat, and more.
Hands-On Physical Science Activities For Grades Kñ6
Author:  Marvin N. TolmanPublisher:  Jossey-BassYear:  2006ISBN:  0-787-97867-1Description:  Provides over 180 easy-to-use activities covering the nature of matter, energy, light, sound, simple machines, magnetism, static electricity, and current electricity.
Heat
Grade Level:  4-5Author:  Darlene Lauw, Lim Cheng PuayPublisher:  CrabtreeYear:  2001ISBN:  0-778-70605-2Description:  Simple text and experiments describe and demonstrate the principles of heat and how heat energy is produced. Reveals topics such as steam power, sun power, how heat travels, heat capacity, and other uses of this form of energy.
How Artists See the Elements
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Colleen CarrollPublisher:  Abbeville PressYear:  1996ISBN:  978-0789204769Description:  Shows how earth, air, fire, and water have been depicted in works of art from different periods and places.
Machines We Use
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Sally HewittPublisher:  Children's PressYear:  1998ISBN:  0-516-26392-7Description:  Examines various simple machines and how they are used to make work easier. Provides activities using wheels, levers, pulleys, screws, and more.
Matter
Grade Level:  5-6Author:  Christopher CooperPublisher:  DK PublishingYear:  1999ISBN:  0-789-44886-6Description:  Examines the elements that make up the physical world and the properties and behavior of different kinds of matter.
Matter
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Sally M. WalkerIllustrator:  Andy KingPublisher:  Lerner PublishingYear:  2005ISBN:  0-822-55131-4Description:  Divided into chapters concentrating on what matter is, how to measure its volume, the different types of matter, and how it can change its state.
Matter: See It, Touch It, Taste It, Smell It
Grade Level:  1-4Author:  Darlene R. StillePublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2004ISBN:  1-404-80246-0Description:  Explains the different types of matter and how matter changes from one state to another with heat or pressure.
Molecules
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Bonnie JuettnerPublisher:  Thomson GaleYear:  2004ISBN:  0-737-72076-XDescription:  Gives an overview of the building blocks of elements and compounds, including atoms, molecules, and the various states of matter, and describes their characteristics.
On the Move: Green Transportation
Grade Level:  5-8Author:  Kathy Furgang, Adam FurgangPublisher:  Rosen CentralYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1404-21773-7Description:  An engaging book that focuses on alternative transportation options including vehicles of the future.
One Small Square: Backyard
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Donald M. SilverIllustrator:  Patricia J. WynnePublisher:  W. H. FreemanYear:  1993ISBN:  0-070-57930-XDescription:  Explains how to observe and explore plants, animals, and their interactions in one's own backyard. Topics include adaptations, diverse organisms, food chains, and decomposition. Also discusses how plants use the Sun's energy.
Solid, Liquid, or Gas?
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Fay RobinsonPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  1996ISBN:  0-5164-6041-2Description:  This photo essay defines matter-solids, liquids, and gases, and gives several examples of each. 32 pages
Solid, Liquid, or Gas?
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Sally HewittPublisher:  Children's PressYear:  1998ISBN:  0-516-26393-5Description:  Presents information about the properties of solids, liquids, and gases, using observation and activities.
States of Matter
Grade Level:  2-3Author:  Delta EducationPublisher:  Delta EducationYear:  2003ISBN:  1-592-42253-5Description:  Introduces students to matter, its physical properties, and the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. Describes matter changing from one state to another by melting, freezing, and evaporation, and how heating gases keeps a hot-air balloon afloat.
States of Matter
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Carol BaldwinPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2004ISBN:  1-410-90553-5Description:  Melting point, density, and tensile strength are but a few of the concepts explained simply. Also available in paperback and library binding.
Temperature: Heating up and Cooling Down
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  Darlene R. StillePublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2004ISBN:  1-404-80247-9Description:  A blanket isn't hot. So how does a blanket keep you warm? Find the answer to this and other hot facts in this book about temperature.
The Powerful World of Energy with Max Axiom
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Agnieszka BiskupIllustrator:  Cynthia Martin, Anne TimmonsPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2337-7Description:  Using powers he acquired in a freak accident, Max teaches about energy in alternative ways. Graphic nonfiction.
The Rainbow and You
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Edwin C. KruppIllustrator:  Robin Rector KruppPublisher:  HarperYear:  2000ISBN:  0-688-15601-0Description:  This scientific explanation of why rainbows occur introduces the physical properties of light and color.
The Role of Public Policy in K—12 Science Education
Author:  George E. DeBoer, editorPublisher:  AAAS Project 2061 (Research in Science Education Series)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.

Trees to Paper (How Things Are Made)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Inez SnyderPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  2003ISBN:  0-516-24356-XDescription:  Simple words and photographs show the steps involved in making paper.
Walter Wick's Optical Tricks
Grade Level:  K-8Author:  Walter WickPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  2008ISBN:  0-439-85520-9Description:  Optical illusions are brilliantly presented in bold photographs featuring bright colors. Visual tricks are created by mirrors, light, geometric paradoxes, and Escher-like patterns.
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.