Summertime Science

                                                                 Exploring Science Through Literature

What a wonderful blend, science and literature! Today, there are many terrific stories that allow us to delve into science themes through fiction. These books can be paired with accurate, beautifully-illustrated, non fiction titles to allow for further fun and discovery. Get outside with your child this summer to enjoy their curiosity and science inquiry.

The following list of titles can get you started. You will quickly notice that the list becomes endless as stories lead to questions and those same questions develop into great stories. As you discover favorite pairings of your own, I welcome your suggestions!

Fiction-and-NonFiction--Pairings.pdf

 
Introduce your son or daughter to the wonderful world of science with a monthly subscription to a magazine.  Here are a variety of choices based on age and interest.  
cricket

Check out the Summer Science Calendars for a variety of ways to explore science throughout the summer. 

Summer-fun-calendar-July-2013.pdf

Summer-fun-calendar-Aug-2013.pdf

Get children outside in nature to hike and explore the natural areas within Lexington.  Lexington Alive Field Guide (available through the Lexington Town Hall), is a child-friendly guide to the most common plants and animals students may encounter in their travels.   Students use this guide within the Big Backyard Program at school.  
 
The following places, in the Greater Boston area, are some favorites to inspire young minds in nature and science.

Go to the following website to see a complete list of places to visit in Massachusetts
http://www.familydaysoutusa.com/kids-places-to-go/Massachusetts/National-Parks

Nature Centers:
Belmont Habitat -
http://www.massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/Sanctuaries/Habitat/index.php

Blue Hills
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/blue.htm

Boston Harbor Islands
http://www.nps.gov/boha/index.htm

Drumlin Farm
http://www.massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/Sanctuaries/Drumlin_Farm/index.php

Great Meadows
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/refuges/maps/massmap.html

Joppa Flats at Plum Island
http://www.massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/Sanctuaries/Joppa_Flats/index.php

Museum, Aquarium and Zoo Settings:
The Butterfly Place
https://butterflyplace-ma.com/

Discovery Museum Acton
http://www.discoverymuseums.org/

Ecotarium
http://www.ecotarium.org/

Harvard Museum of Natural History
http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/

MIT
http://web.mit.edu/museum/

Museum of Science
http://www.mos.org/

Mystic Aquarium
http://www.mysticaquarium.org/

New England Aquarium
http://www.neaq.org/index.php

Franklin Park and Stone Zoo
http://www.zoonewengland.org/Page.aspx?pid=220

Hiking:
Mt. Monadnock, NH
http://www.qcc.mass.edu/brink/Trav-rec/mt_monad/monadtr.html

Mt. Wachusett
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/wach.htm

Quabbin Reservoir
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/quabbin.htm

 
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