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freerangedad
05-30-2014, 02:50 PM
Deli76 recommended the Build Your Library unit about evolution. It looks good (I like the Pangaea map and the timeline). Can you tell me more about the unit?

My main question is, does anyone have a favorite book about evolution that would be good to use with a middle schooler?

fastweedpuller
05-30-2014, 03:29 PM
Hand's down, Darwin and Evolution for Kids (www.amazon.com/gp/product/1556525028/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1556525028&linkCode=as2&tag=mamrex-20). It is the main text in that unit study.

There are a few other short, sweet gems in the unit study:
Bang! How the World Came to Be (www.amazon.com/gp/product/1556525028/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1556525028&linkCode=as2&tag=mamrex-20) more of a picture/story book but great about timeline of life
Billions of Years, Amazing Changes: the story of evolution (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1590787234/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1590787234&linkCode=as2&tag=mamrex-20) more in-depth about the mechanics of evolution, a good primer on the process
One Beetle Too Many (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0763658219/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0763658219&linkCode=as2&tag=mamrex-20) another picture+ book about Darwin's voyage, great images
Gregor Mendel: The Friar who grew peas (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0810954753/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0810954753&linkCode=as2&tag=mamrex-20) which is a kiddie book but gets the subject of heritability right

The unit study recommends (but does not use) this book (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1554534305/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1554534305&linkCode=as2&tag=mamrex-20): do not have it so am not sure how appropriate it is for middle school

farrarwilliams
05-30-2014, 03:38 PM
The only one I'm familiar with that I'll add is Life on Earth by Steve Jenkins. I really like his illustration style and it's a good book.

That Mendel book is really about the birth of genetics (which is related to, but different from evolution) but it's one of my favorite science picture book biographies ever. It's lovely. I second that the Darwin for Kids book is very good. That whole series is nice.

Mum
05-30-2014, 03:58 PM
We really liked Evolution:How We and All Things Came to Be by Daniel Loxton. We read a page or two a day and I made up worksheets and activities to go along with it.

In case this helps, we read two kid's library books alongside of the Evolution book. One was called Cells Are Us by Dr, Fran Balkwill and the other wasGrandfather's Nose:Why We Look Alike or Different. The second title explained the basics of genes in a very simple, clear way for kids.

crunchymum
05-30-2014, 05:40 PM
I like this series: Born with a Bang is the first one
Born With a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story : Book 1 (The Universe Series): Jennifer Morgan, Dana Lynne Andersen: 9781584690320: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Born-With-Bang-Universe-Cosmic/dp/1584690321)

Life on Earth was good as well.

There's another one that I can't think of the title right now - but it will come to me and I will come back and post it.

If you are looking for a fiction book to go with your study and you haven't read it yet, your daughter might like the Evolution of Calpernia Tate
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate: Jacqueline Kelly: 9780312659301: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Calpurnia-Tate-Jacqueline-Kelly/dp/031265930X)

We got a lot from watching documentaries/docudramas about Darwin. The dvd called Intelligent Design about the Kitzmiller case (teaching intelligent design in schools) was fascinating.
hth

crunchymum
05-30-2014, 05:52 PM
And did you see this? I just got an email that they hit their kick starter goal
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aemarcy/go-extinct-go-fish-evolved

farrarwilliams
05-30-2014, 08:15 PM
Strongly seconding Calpurnia Tate. Great, great book. Perfect middle school level read.

freerangedad
05-30-2014, 09:57 PM
Thanks for the recommendations. Looks like I'll have to buy a few books. I like the card game! I'm glad Mendel is getting some airtime with youngsters. It's a great story, and what a shame Darwin was not aware of his work. The irony of the Calpurnia Tate recommendations is that I recommended it to Deli76 this morning! :)

CatInTheSun
05-30-2014, 10:33 PM
I'll add:
Coyne's "Why Evolution is True" Why Evolution Is True: Jerry A. Coyne: 9780143116646: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0143116649/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1MNGEV8TWKWDW&coliid=IJZNS3R1CY2QS)

Prothero's "What the Fossils say and why it matters" Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters: Donald R. Prothero, Carl Buell: 9780231139625: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0231139624/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1MNGEV8TWKWDW&coliid=I180X3VND7ZC2J)

Both are written to adults, but both are good solid books.

My kids were riveted by Shubin's PBS 3-part video "Your Inner Fish"

crunchymum
05-30-2014, 10:37 PM
I'll add:
Coyne's "Why Evolution is True" Why Evolution Is True: Jerry A. Coyne: 9780143116646: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0143116649/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1MNGEV8TWKWDW&coliid=IJZNS3R1CY2QS)

Prothero's "What the Fossils say and why it matters" Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters: Donald R. Prothero, Carl Buell: 9780231139625: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0231139624/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1MNGEV8TWKWDW&coliid=I180X3VND7ZC2J)

Both are written to adults, but both are good solid books.

My kids were riveted by Shubin's PBS 3-part video "Your Inner Fish"

I can't get You Inner Fish here which is a drag. I have heard it was wonderful.

Soulhammer
05-30-2014, 10:55 PM
I second the Evolution of Calpurnia Tate and Darwin for Kids recs. We also read The True Adventures of Charley Darwin, watched some documentaries on the voyage of the Beagle, threw in a video on natural selection from the Howard Hughes folks, and called it a unit.

freerangedad
05-30-2014, 11:25 PM
I'll add:
Coyne's "Why Evolution is True" Why Evolution Is True: Jerry A. Coyne: 9780143116646: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0143116649/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1MNGEV8TWKWDW&coliid=IJZNS3R1CY2QS)

Prothero's "What the Fossils say and why it matters" Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters: Donald R. Prothero, Carl Buell: 9780231139625: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0231139624/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1MNGEV8TWKWDW&coliid=I180X3VND7ZC2J)

Both are written to adults, but both are good solid books.

My kids were riveted by Shubin's PBS 3-part video "Your Inner Fish"

Yes, I thought Coyne's book was very good. I haven't read the other. I saw one episode of Inner Fish and loved it. The only episode of Cosmos that I have seen was on evolution as well. I liked his concise summation of the topic. Thanks for the suggestions.

freerangedad
05-30-2014, 11:36 PM
I second the Evolution of Calpurnia Tate and Darwin for Kids recs. We also read The True Adventures of Charley Darwin, watched some documentaries on the voyage of the Beagle, threw in a video on natural selection from the Howard Hughes folks, and called it a unit.

The True Adventures of Charley Darwin looks like good writing. Does it go into his thought process of natural selection?
Darwin's Dangerous Ideas is an excellent BBC documentary for anyone who is interested.

aspiecat
06-01-2014, 11:22 AM
"Why Evolution Is True" by Coyne is the background text for the evolution class I did late last year through Coursera. It's pretty good reading...well-written.

Aspie

CatInTheSun
06-06-2014, 03:45 AM
I can't get You Inner Fish here which is a drag. I have heard it was wonderful.

You can buy it on iTunes -- I think you can get all three episodes for $7.99 which is less than the book. You might also check to see if you library carries the DVD since it just came out.

dbmamaz
06-06-2014, 10:37 AM
Magic of Reality (http://www.amazon.com/Illustrated-Magic-Reality-Paperback-Richard/dp/B00EDZ0K08/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402061748&sr=1-2&keywords=magic+of+reality)has a good chapter on evolution iir. It also has an interactive app (http://www.magicofrealityapp.com/).

also, there is a series of verse books I found and did with a kickstarter - the universe verse - it sounds like dr suess but has real, complex science in it. There are 3 volumes (here (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&field-author=James+Lu+Dunbar&search-alias=books&text=James+Lu+Dunbar&sort=relevancerank)) but you can buy a PDF of the full set for $10 on the author's website (http://www.jldunbar.com/)

freerangedad
06-06-2014, 12:12 PM
Thanks, Cara. I'm buying both (just bought the PDF). Is THE MAGIC OF REALITY app the same as the book but with better graphics?

dbmamaz
06-06-2014, 12:43 PM
I dont have the app, but I think it actually is interactive, with videos and games. Both are not specifically about evolution, but include it

freerangedad
06-06-2014, 01:21 PM
For those thinking of buying The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True by Richard Dawkins; it looks like you lose a lot (specifically, the illustrations) if you opt to buy the paperback instead of the hardback. It looks like the app is the book with interactive games and graphics.

Here are two good reviews of the app.
The Magic of Reality: Exquisitely Crafted Literature | iPad.AppStorm (http://ipad.appstorm.net/reviews/lifestyle-reviews/the-magic-of-reality-exquisitely-crafted-literature/)
The Magic of Reality Review 148Apps iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch App Reviews and News (http://www.148apps.com/reviews/magic-reality-review/)

Teri
06-06-2014, 01:22 PM
I like this series: Born with a Bang is the first one
Born With a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story : Book 1 (The Universe Series): Jennifer Morgan, Dana Lynne Andersen: 9781584690320: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Born-With-Bang-Universe-Cosmic/dp/1584690321)


hth

This one. We also LOVED The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

dbmamaz
06-06-2014, 01:52 PM
haha i was thinking of reading Magic of Reality with the kids over the summer - we tried a year or two ago and didnt finish - but I definitely think i'll go for the app, instead! those reviews are quite glowing

mellex
06-07-2014, 05:25 PM
Hi -- I don't know if someone mentioned this but there's a kind of graphic novel-esqve version of Darwin's "Origin of a Species" that's fun. Also, even though it's young, the art work is beautiful in the series "The Universe Tells its Story" -- it's a 3 book, oversized book series: "Born with a Bang", "From Lava to Life" and "Mammals who Morph". What's nice it has something of a spiritual nature to it (not at all religious) but in the "all connected" kind of way, the universe, as she tells her story, continually reminds us that we are one and the same. Beautiful series. And we even did an art timeline as we read the books of major events. Supernova, bacteria, meteors, dinosaurs, etc...and hung them up our stairway wall. Fun!!

reefgazer1963
06-09-2014, 08:20 PM
If you are in North America, you can get the Inner Fish DVD for free through the HHMI (they don't even charge shipping; total cost is $0).