Friday, August 9, 2013

What Floats in a Moat? a STEM Friday review

OK, here's one for you - can you think of a funny, rhyming picture book that teaches Archimedes' Principle? It's hard to believe, but yes, it does exist! What Floats in a Moat?

Berry, Lynne. 2013. What Floats in a Moat? New York: Simon & Schuster. Illustrated by Matthew Cordell.

Archie the Goat
stopped short at a moat.

He measured and mapped.

He doodled and drew.
He sketched and scribbled
 and scrawled.

"Aha! To cross the moat,"
pronounced the goat,
"we build a contraption to float!"
And so begins a silly tale of trial and error as Archie and Skinny the Hen try to cross the moat in the S.S. Buttermilk, a barrel that is in turns full, empty, and finally, just right.  If there is a more fun way to learn about Archimedes' Principle, it surely involves actual water!  Fun, entertaining, and educational, too.  What more can you ask for?

See a preview of What Floats in a Moat? here.

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  1. I have to admit that I had to go and look up Archimedes' Principle--probably because I've never read this picture book! Thanks for the recommendation--will definitely check it out. :-)

    1. That's why I love picture books and my job!

  2. This looks too cool to pass up! Gonna go look for it....

  3. Floating and funny rhymes? Sounds like it does call for some hands-on exploration (but not with the book!) Thanks for sharing.


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