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. :-)

  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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