Wood and Paper – 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.
ABCs of Origami: Paper Folding for Children
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Claude SarasasPublisher:  Tuttle PublishingYear:  2002ISBN:  0-804-83307-9Description:  Simple instructions show children how to fold paper to make animals, insects, birds, and other objects.
Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart of Nature Education
Author:  David SobelPublisher:  The Orion Society's Nature Literacy SeriesYear:  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."
Building a House
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  JoAnn Early MackenPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2258-5Description:  What does it take to build a house? Dig in and discover the people, tools, and machines needed to turn four walls into a home.
Floating and Sinking
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Karen Bryant-MolePublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  1998ISBN:  1-575-72627-0Description:  Describes why things float or sink and presents simple experiments to demonstrate the scientific principles involved.
From Tree to House
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Robin NelsonPublisher:  Lerner PublishingYear:  2004ISBN:  0-822-51392-7Description:  Shows the construction of a wood house, starting with the trees being cut down in the forest. When the people who live there are added, the house becomes a home! Includes color photos, a glossary, and an index.
From Tree to Table
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Jill BraithwaitePublisher:  Lerner PublishingYear:  2004ISBN:  0-822-50947-4Description:  Shows manufacture of a typical table, starting with a forest full of trees and ending in the table factory. Color photos accompany each simply explained step in the table-making process, and a glossary and index are included.
From Wood To Paper
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Wendy DavisPublisher:  Sundance PublishingYear:  1995ISBN:  1-568-01494-5Description:  An exciting photo essay explains how trees are made into paper. This big book carefully explains papermaking so children understand the process. A teacher's guide comes with the big book.
Homes: Around The World
Grade Level:  K-KAuthor:  Margaret HallPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2003ISBN:  0-431-15127-XDescription:  Photos from around the world help young students explore how the weather and available resources make a difference in the kinds of homes people build. The variety of wooden homes and the comparison with buildings made from other materials provides wonderful discussion starters on the properties of wood.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Grade Level:  12-12Author:  Richard Louv.Publisher:  Algonquin BooksYear:  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.
Look inside a Log Cabin
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Mari SchuhPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2246-2Description:  The American pioneers built strong homes out of tree trunks. Look inside a log cabin to learn more about pioneer life.
Math In Motion: Origami in the Classroom
Grade Level:  K-6Author:  Barbara PearlYear:  2002ISBN:  0-964-79243-5Description:  A unique resource that provides proven teaching techniques, ways to integrate origami to enhance mathematical and language skills, and simple origami projects appropriate for kindergarten.
Paper, Paper, Everywhere
Grade Level:  K-KAuthor:  Gail GibbonsPublisher:  Econo-Clad BooksYear:  1999Description:  Briefly discusses where paper comes from, how it is made, and how we use it. Although the reading level is beyond young readers, the content is appropriate for young scientists during their paper investigations.
Papermaking For Kids
Grade Level:  K-6Author:  Beth WilkinsonPublisher:  Peregrine Smith BooksYear:  1997ISBN:  879058277Description:  Simple steps to making your own paper, with ideas for embossing, making fancy papers, and making your own envelopes.
Papier-mâché For Kids
Grade Level:  K-6Author:  Sheila McGrawPublisher:  Econo-Clad BooksYear:  1999ISBN:  833596640Description:  Step by step, easy instructions show how to make eight papier-mâché projects with household ingredients.
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Delta EducationPublisher:  Delta EducationYear:  2003ISBN:  1-592-42251-9Description:  Details how to classify and sort objects based on their physical properties.
Recycle! A Handbook for Kids
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Gail GibbonsIllustrator:  Gail GibbonsPublisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersYear:  1992ISBN:  978-0-3163-0943-1Description:  This colorful picture book shows how glass, paper, aluminum cans, plastic, and polystyrene are recycled. Lists facts about trash and practical ways that we can all make a difference.
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Eleanor CoerrIllustrator:  Ronald HimlerPublisher:  PenguinYear:  2002ISBN:  0-399-23799-2Description:  Hospitalized with leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold a thousand paper cranes to verify a legend that, by doing so, a sick person will become healthy. The tale is written with older readers in mind, but the dreamy pastel illustrations make it worth retelling in your own words.
Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool, K-8
Author:  Herbert W. BrodaYear:  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.
Sink or Float
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Delta EducationPublisher:  Delta EducationYear:  2004ISBN:  1-592-42525-9Description:  Explains solids and liquids and why some things sink and some things float.
Ten-Minute Field Trips: A Teacher's Guide to Using the Schoolgrounds for Environmental Studies (3rd edition)
Author:  Helen Ross RussellPublisher:  NSTA PressYear:  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 Amazing Paper Book
Grade Level:  K-6Author:  Linda Glaser, Elisa KlevenPublisher:  Millbrook PressYear:  2000ISBN:  761316507Description:  A wonderful resource for the school, as older students will find it useful for independent projects and research. This book covers it all; how paper is made at home or in paper mills, animals that make paper, paper tricks, origami, and tales of foresters and loggers. Kindergarteners will enjoy the illustrations.
The Eco-Family's Guide to Living Green
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  J. Angelique JohnsonIllustrator:  Kyle PolingPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  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 PressYear:  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 Paper Airplane Book
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Seymour SimonPublisher:  Viking Children's BooksYear:  1973ISBN:  0-140-30925-XDescription:  Uses black-and-white cartoon drawings to present all kinds of paper airplane projects. Shows how each one works.
The Piñata Maker / El Piñatero
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  George AnaconaPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  1994ISBN:  0-152-00060-7Description:  Written in English and Spanish. Documents the work of Tio Rico as he assembles magical puppets, pi§atas, and masks for the children of his village in Mexico. Included is a note on creating pi§atas at home.
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:

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 Sewing Machine
Grade Level:  2-5Author:  Rebekah DornPublisher:  Fact FindersYear:  2005ISBN:  0-7368-2670-XDescription:  Introduces the history and development of the sewing machinge and explains how a sewing maching works.
Tool Book
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Gail GibbonsPublisher:  Holiday HouseYear:  1988ISBN:  0-823-40694-6Description:  Simply illustrated, this book depicts all kinds of woodworking tools and how they are used in building.
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Ann MorrisIllustrator:  Ken HeymanPublisher:  William Morrow and Co.Year:  1998ISBN:  0-688-16165-0Description:  Hand tools of all types, from chopsticks to saws, are photographed in use all over the world and accompanied by kindergarten-friendly text.
Grade Level:  Pre-K-5Author:  David Burnie, Kim Taylor, Peter ChadwickPublisher:  DK PublishingYear:  2005ISBN:  9780756610937Description:  Beautiful photographs and information that you will want to share with students.
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Linda GamlinPublisher:  DK PublishingYear:  1997ISBN:  0-789-41679-4Description:  Discusses trees and their various parts. Includes many photographs, experiments, and lessons on observing and recording.
Watch Pine Trees Grow
Grade Level:  K-KAuthor:  Therese SheaPublisher:  Gareth StevensYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4339-4839-8Description:  There are around thirty-five separate species of pine trees found throughout North America. Readers will explore how a pine tree grows from a seed in a pinecone into a tall tree that is used for many different things. People use pine trees for paper and even for food. Detailed photographs show these mighty plants at each stage of their life cycle.
What Is A Scientist?
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Barbara LehnIllustrator:  Carol Krauss, photographerPublisher:  Millbrook PressYear:  1999ISBN:  0-761-31298-6Description:  Photos of first graders at work illustrate the scientific thinking processes and skills employed by scientists of all ages. Simple, large-print text makes this appropriate for kindergarten classes.
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.
Henry and Mudge and the Tall Tree House
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Cynthia Rylant, Sucie StevensonIllustrator:  Carolyn BrackenPublisher:  Simon and SchusterYear:  2003ISBN:  0-689-83445-4Description:  Henry is excited when his Uncle Jake builds him a tree house but worries that his dog, Mudge, will not be able to enjoy it with him.
Mighty Tree
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Dick GackenbachIllustrator:  Picture BookPublisher:  SandpiperYear:  1996ISBN:  0-152-01013-0Description:  Three seeds grow into three beautiful trees, all the same kind. One tree is cut and used for many useful things, the second becomes a Christmas tree, and the third still stands in the woods, where it is home and shelter for living things.
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Margaret HilertPublisher:  Modern Curriculum PressYear:  1981ISBN:  0-813-65603-6Description:  After Gepetto carves a table leg into a puppet, Pinocchio, he finds that it can walk and talk just like a real boy. In fact, Pinocchio is a scamp with terrible behavior and a nose that grows whenever he tells a lie. (There are many versions of this story: choose your favorite.)
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Lois EhlertPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  1991ISBN:  0-152-66197-2Description:  A large-print picture book about a boy who plants a tree. Illustrated with photographs of paper cutouts and real objects.