Books and Resources for the Writing With Scientists Activity
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
From Unit Plan: Writing with Scientists
Write Winning Science Reports
Support your students in developing writing skills they'll use throughout their academic careers.
Checking Your Grammar by Marvin Terban
Learning how to avoid punctuation pitfalls and commonly misused words helps your students express their ideas clearly.
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
This slim gold standard gives a practical overview of rules of usage and principles of composition.
Everything You Need to Know About Science Homework by Anne Zeman and Kate Kelly
A broad overview of scientific terms and concepts helps students put facts and ideas into context.
How to Write Super School Reports by Elizabeth James
Access step-by-step support on writing a paper from finding a topic to effectively researching online to polishing the final product.
How to Write Simple Science Reports by Jo Ellen Moore
Everything you need to inspire your students to create a paper on one of 30 possible animal topics from ant hills to rabbit warrens.
The Kid's Guide to Research by Deborah Heiligman
Get the top tips on how to track down information via the Web, books, or personal interviews.
Lab Report and More Lab Reports by Kimberley W. Nash
These curricular approaches to writing lab reports for science fairs and classroom experiments include a step-by-step guide.
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian
This essential guide for older students covers all areas of crafting a great final product including parts of the paper and citations.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi
A standard in the genre, this complete reference will be indispensable for older students.
Putting It In Writing by Steven Otfinoski
A general overview of all kinds of writing, this tool includes examples and advice on business letters and movie reviews, as well as school reports.
Scholastic Children's Dictionary
Insure your students choose the right word for the job with this simple, clear, easy to use reference book.
Scholastic Children's Encyclopedia
Provide essential quick reference on a span of topics to help your students fill in the gaps in broader subject matter.
Scholastic Dictionary of Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homonyms
Help students keep their writing fresh and accurate with this versatile guide.
Scholastic Student Thesaurus by John K. Bollard
A handy comprehensive cross-referenced index makes it easy for students to find exactly the options they need.
12 Easy Steps to Successful Research Papers by Nell W. Meriwether
Covering both paper-based and online research, this text guides students through the paper-writing process from research skills to final product.
Writer's Desk Reference by Marvin Terban, Sue Young, and Steven Otfinoski
This all in one resource contains solid information on everything about writing including parts of speech, punctuation, and specific advice on writing all kinds of reports.
Writing Smarts: A Girl's Guide to Great Poetry, Stories, School Reports and More! by Kerry Madden
Take a fun approach to finding the best words to craft reports and creative writing assignments with an emphasis on quick fixes for common errors and finding creative inspiration.
Writing Winning Reports and Essays by Paul B. Janeczko
A helpful subject-based approach to paper writing sets this book apart. It's easy for your students to find the advice they need with chapters subjects include writing about a social issue versus writing a how-to report.
Resources to get your students started on research:
Scholastic Explorers: Endangered Ecosystems
Investigate Costa Rican caterpillars, Mexican wildcats, and Brazilian river otters.
Experience extreme conditions and find out why weather happens.
Also check out these sites from the American Museum of Natural History:
Explore your favorite topics from archaeology to astronomy.
Resources for Learning
Interact with a large collection of activities, articles, evidence, and analysis.
To read award-winning science reports and learn how to enter, take a look at:
Young Naturalist Awards
This research-based essay contest is for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.
Resources to support your students' skill-building:
How to Research
Tap into advice ranging from how to keep helpful notes while researching to how to conduct an interview
Polish Your Final Draft in 8 Easy Steps
Take the time to present your very best work
Write a Winning Research Report
Keep big assignments from feeling overwhelming with this simple plan
Resources for parents - add links to your Class Homepage or send home printouts:
7 Steps to a Successful Research Report
Help your child stay on track with these simple steps.
The Curriculum: Science, Social Studies and More
Learn about the wide range of topics your 4 th grader will cover.
Advances in Math and Science
Check out the new material -and high-level thinking in your 5 th grader's math and science curriculum.
Spark Science Fair Success
Get to know the ingredients for a top-notch project