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The Acadia Files: Summer Science (Acadia Science Series, 1) Paperback – May 4, 2021
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The Acadia Files: Book One, Summer Science presents five summer stories, each one followed by Acadia’s science notebook pages with her simple explanations and lively, whimsical drawings of natural phenomena. The Acadia Files is a fun introduction to the wonders of science, using real-world scenarios to make scientific inquiry relatable and understandable. Parents and educators can use The Acadia Files to let kids discover for themselves what it’s like to be curious about the world and to satisfy that curiosity with scientific thinking.
The Acadia Files: Book One, Summer Science offers an engaging new way to apply the scientific method to real-world scenarios.
Great for teaching STEAMAcadia Greene wants answers. Who keeps stealing her blueberries just as they ripen on the bushes? Why is her hair curly? Why does the sun wake her up so early in the summer? Why does the tide submerge her sandcastles? How do rocks become sand? Acadia doesn’t set out to do science, but she has these important questions and her scientist parents refuse to simply feed her the answers. “Conduct an experiment,” they tell her. “Use the scientific method.” So Acadia gathers evidence, makes hypotheses, designs experiments, uses the results to test her hypotheses, and draws conclusions. Acadia does science.
The author, Katie Coppens writes a recurring column for NSTA's middle school magazine Science Scope on science and literacy called "The Integrated Classroom."
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― Kay Weisman, Booklist Online
"The Acadia Files introduces kids to science via the readily observable principles and easy-to-reproduce experiments of its precocious and endlessly curious lead character, Acadia, who’s enjoying the summer before she enters fifth grade. Both of her parents are science teachers, so learning is naturally encouraged.The book introduces important scientific information in a clear and enjoyable fashion. Each chapter highlights a new topic based on Acadia’s summer activities and what she observes. Acadia uses the scientific method to discover who is stealing her blueberries from the bushes. She learns about genetic inheritance of traits like height and curly hair.She learns how sand is formed and what creates seasons and tides. Her summer adventures will open young minds to science and how it helps to make sense of the world. Illustrations from Acadia’s scientific notebook include amusing images, notes from experiments, and summaries of what she learned. Lists of vocabulary terms and further questions are also included. Notebook pages beautifully reflect the perspective of a ten-year-old girl. They are fun and entertaining, supporting and clarifying scientific concepts.
The science in the book is wonderfully presented, but there is also another layer of lessons: Acadia learns not to accuse someone without proof; she learns to treat others with kindness; and she learns to accept and even celebrate things that might otherwise irritate her, such as the early morning sun and the temporary nature of a sandcastle.These age-appropriate lessons are clearly conveyed, without taking attention away from the book’s science. The Acadia Files is an excellent book that will help its audience look at the world in a new way.
Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. No fee was paid by the author for this review. Foreword Reviews only recommends books that we love. Foreword Magazine, Inc. is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255."
― CATHERINE THURESON, Foreword Review
"The Acadia Files is an excellent science book for boys and girls ages 9-12, by Maine author Katie Coppens and Canadian illustrator Holly Hatam. In the summer, Acadia tackles questions about birds and blueberries, how genes affect humans, what makes sand, the summer’s early sunrise and ocean tides. In each chapter her parents teach her the fundamentals of “the scientific method,”so Acadia identifies a question or problem, learns to form a hypothesis, gather evidence, create experiments, note results and reach a conclusion. This may sound complicated, but Coppens and Hatam use easy, fun narrative and illustrations to make science simple. Acadia wonders who eats all her ripe blueberries (it isn’t the annoying little boy next door), so she conducts an experiment and is surprised at the result. Later, she and her friend Isabel learn how a person’s genes determine human traits like height and eye color. Her mother teaches Acadia how sand is created, why sand can be different colors and textures and why some minerals can be hard or soft. Her father teaches her why a summer sunrise is connected to the Earth’s rotation and tilt, and how the moon and gravity make the Earth’s tides. All the experiments are easy and fun activities. Acadia also wonders if there is a cure for her father’s corny puns, but as humorist Robert Byrne wisely concludes: “Science has not yet found a cure for the pun.”"
― Bill Bushnell, Kennebec Journal
"5 STARS This book is filled with information about how to do different experiments.It uses a lot of science words and explains what the words mean. It was great that at the end of each experiment there were definitions of new science words and a list of new questions that Acadia discovered while doing the experiment. I loved this book because it gave so much information about things I didn’t know and about how a girl can do science to figure out different things. Acadia is a great role model for girls who want to be scientists. "
― Julia - age 8, Kids Book Buzz
From the Publisher
Acadia and two friends learn more science while enjoying a Maine winter. This is the third in a thoughtful series that began with Summer Science (2018). Like its predecessors, this combines a slight storyline with science facts, definitions, and descriptions of experiments using the scientific method. A melting snowman, a floating balloon, a paper-airplane contest, a wait outside in the cold, and a sledding challenge prompt 11-year-old Acadia's questions, which are presented in a present-tense narrative with unlikely dialogue but realistic daily details. Her parents are always happy to help her find answers, offering clear explanations, demonstrations, and encouragement for further experimentation. This outing introduces the topics of climate change, food waste, recycling and repurposing, atoms and elements, buoyancy, aerodynamics, animal adaptations for winter, and the physics of sledding. In each chapter, the protagonists accomplish some activity, one that could be easily replicated by readers at home or in school: listing ways to reduce one's carbon footprint or looking for animal tracks in the snow, for example. The author appends a list of helpful websites for further exploration of each topic. Acadia is pictured as pale and blonde; Joshua is darker, with straight hair, and brown-skinned Isabel wears her hair in two Afro puffs. Experiments, charts, and definitions are hand-lettered and profusely decorated with sketches, and each chapter ends with further questions. Accessible and approachable, a useful tool for science learning. (Informational fiction. 8-12)
- Publisher : Tilbury House Publishers (May 4, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 88 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0884486028
- ISBN-13 : 978-0884486022
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 750L
- Grade level : 2 - 7
- Item Weight : 6.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.1 x 0.3 x 8.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My husband, not normally a reader of tween books, read it cover to cover and pronounced it, "Excellent!" Both of us will share it with a grandchild, by reading it aloud to him; we will encourage the same processes and thinking that Acadia follows as she asks and answers questions.
Great title for a classroom, for a library, for parents and children together, and for girls who want to do some detective work in the world around themselves. I highly recommend this clever, well-written series for 2nd (with parent)-6th-grade children.
OMG I just got book one: summer science- AMAZING! Everyone NEEDS this in their classroom. Science covered in the book: scientific method, birds, genetics, Mendels pea, Punnett squares, geology, earths tilt, shadows, gravity, the moon, and tides. I will be asking my parents to purchase each book released and use it as a class book study throughout the year. I am so excited and preordered book #2. There are 4 total. I can’t wait to use this as a class read with my kiddos!! Ps. Each chapter goes through the scientific method!
By leeleedee on May 21, 2020