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Q IS FOR QUARK A Guide for Teachers

Based on the book Q is for Quark: A Science Alphabet Book by David M. Schwartz Illustrated by Kim Doner

ABOUT THE BOOK AND THE TEACHERS’ GUIDE

Q is for Quark: A Science Alphabet Book is the companion book to David Schwartzs G is for Googol: An Alphabet Math Book. What G is for Googol did for math, Q is for Quark does for science—providing laugh-out-loud introductions to both basic and bizarre knowledge.

If you’re looking for ways to implement Q is for Quarks science lessons in your classroom, look no further. Here are six in-class activities in the spirit of Q is for Quarks fun and accessible approach to science, offering a variety of innova- tive ways to use the book as a teaching tool. Who knows? You may be inspired to create your own in-class activities. (Q is for Quantum? Quasar? Quadruped?)

SUGGESTIONS FOR TEACHING

Before beginning the in-class activities, share the book with your class, perhaps spending a few minutes daily going through selected sections of Q is for Quark: A Science Alphabet Book. Though the activities fulfill grades 5 though 8 National Science Education Standards, most activities can be easily adapted for lower grades. In addition, suggestions for more challenging activities are provided where appropriate. Helpful Web sites have been included, but access to the Internet is not crucial and information can alternately be found in your school or community library.

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