In most classrooms there’s not much science happening. For one thing, in the early elementary years, so much time is devoted to reading and literacy development, there’s little time for everything else. And because most elementary teachers do not have a strong science background themselves, they are often afraid to tackle the subject. Finally, to make science hands-on and interactive, it takes a lot of time to research and gather materials.
Research suggests that by fourth grade, most students say they hate science. Why? Their exposure has been limited to reading assignments in traditional texts and then answering questions at the end of the chapter. How boring is that? Learning about science is like driving a car or learning to ski! Granted, you need to study the subject, but it’s not fun or often meaningful until you get in and do it!
The Quirkles® were created to address all these issues. These 26 imaginary scientists help children every day, all over the world, develop a love and appreciation for science. They offer a fresh new way to integrate literacy and science at school, for educational programs, or at home. Vocabulary builders, two related science experiments, and a character education lesson are also included in each of the 26 alphabet-series books. The Quirkles® create excitement for reading and science through whimsical illustrations, alliteration, and fun hands-on science.
The Quirkles® offer a multitude of differentiated learning opportunities for older/more advanced students too. These science concepts are robust! From an introduction and shared reading experience for the youngest learners, to an independent reading or mentoring experience for older children, the Quirkles® offers something for everyone.