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EDS 421 Teaching General Science Methods: Welcome


Your Assignment

Find a book that you could use in a science lesson with your field experience classroom or any grade you choose.


On a google doc include the following information:


o    Your name

o    Bibliographic reference of the book

o    NGSS standard(s) the book helps support

o    3-4 sentence summary about what the book is about

o    3-4 sentence description explaining how you would use this source for science teaching and learning


(**Make sure to suggest the grade, science topic, and how you would use this book within a lesson)


Share book and ideas with whole class or a small group

How to Start


The preferred order of things starts with a concept and ends with a book title.

  1. Choose a concept

  2. Decide on outcomes

  3. Design assessment

  4. Find a corresponding and appropriate book

Example: recycling

NGSS Standards





see above


see above

Concept Map


Book title

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes


link (using Search@UW and book title)

Dewey Decimal Non-Fiction

Dewey Decimal System


Break Down of the Dewey Decimal System

Finding a Book

Options for Finding a Book

Finding Book Titles

option #1: browse the non-fiction shelves using the Dewey Decimal system

option #2: use the Murphy Library online Search@UW tool

option #3: use the STEM national awards lists for recommendations

option #4: use the online journal Science and Children for book reviews


option #5: use the Murphy Library STEM pages

Option #1: Browse the non-fiction shelves using the Dewey Decimal charts

Click on the Dewey Decimal tab above.

Option #4: Science and Children online journal

Science and Children is an online journal that Murphy Library subscribes to for science teachers.


The easiest way to access it is to type the title Science and Children into the main library search box and keep the search at Search@UW. The journal should be the first result. Click "view it" to access an issue.


This journal will give you:

  • book title suggestions 
  • book reviews
  • further information on the concept
  • lesson activities 


Option #3: STEM Awards lists

Once you find a title from a list of award-winning books, copy/paste the title into our Murphy Library search box to see if we have it, the call # and if it is available.

Option #2: Use the Search@UW box on the library homepage


  • Use the main search box in the middle of the library homepage

  • Type in a subject (ex: life cycles, natural disasters, global warming) and change the drop down menu to “UW-La Crosse books & media”. Search.

  • To limit the search to the Curriculum Center, use the limiters on the left of the screen. Scroll down to “location”  and choose LAX Curriculum Center. Update.

  • The results should only be children’s books in Murphy Library.

Book Reviews

Option #1: Book reviews using Search@UW

An efficient way to find a book review is to use the Search@UW tool on the library's main page.

Simply type in the title (you can add the words "and review" after the title), keep the search at Search@UW, and search.

Use the limiters on the left to limit the results to reviews.

Option #2: Book reviews and/or lesson plans using Educational Databases

Murphy Library subscribes to several Education databases. Here is one reliable way to set up a search using our Education databases:

  • On the library homepage, click on "Databases by title".
  • Click on the letter E from the A-Z list.
  • Scroll down to Educational Databases via EbscoHost.
  • Select all and click on Continue.
  • You can now start your search.

Option #3: Book reviews using Google

It's very easy to find book reviews using Google--so easy that you get lots of unreliable sources, so be aware, and choose your source with critical eyes.


  • See if the author has a website, and some information on your book.
  • You may even find a "book trailer" on YouTube, much like a preview for a film.
  • Get to know what sources are high quality and you'll quickly recognize them on the results page. 
Google Web Search

Web Resources

Reading Rockets

Digital Textbooks

Other Web Resources

Online interactive teaching (not always free)

Open Access Educational Sites

SMART Exchange

SMART Exchange is a one-stop destination designed to provide teachers with access to all of SMART's learning resources and the opportunity to connect with colleagues in a professional community. SMART Exchange includes resources submitted by educators from around the world and top educational publishers.

STEM Book Awards

STEM Book Awards

undefined  The American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award for Children.  The list of past winners is here

undefined The Giverny Book Award. The list of past winners is here

undefined The Green Earth Award. The list of past winners is here

undefinedThe Mathical Prize. The list of past winner is on the same page. 

undefined The National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Outstanding Science Trade Books, including past winners. 

undefined The NSTA comes up with a second list of Best Stem Books every year. The selection criteria and lists are listed here. 

undefined The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal. The list of past winners is here

undefinedThe Science Book & Film Prizeincluding past winners.

undefined The STEAM Children's Book Prize (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Criteria--for past winners, search within site. 

undefinedThe YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (Young Adults), including past winners.