Tess and the Mystery Rock is a science literature storybook. Use the book as an independent reader or turn it into a 5-subject unit study with its many educational components. This powerful interdisciplinary tool encourages reading comprehension and application of the scientific method. The book is complete with scientific documentation, data collection pages, supplementary experiments, writing prompts, and glossary. Tess and the Mystery rock will prove to be a valuable tool when used alongside Real Science-4-Kids curriculum.
There is also an optional accompanying field notebook that is based on Tess’ story and provides questions for students to think about in relation to all five science disciplines. There are experiments to perform, facts to learn, and space for recording observations along with Tess. The science reader becomes a complete unit study with the addition of the field notebook.
Tess and the Mystery Rock is appropriate for kindergarten through fourth grade. The included labs can be adjusted based on the capability of the students. Even toddlers will enjoy the story without the lab components, so enjoy it together as a family in whatever manner suits your needs. This is also a great way to introduce your youngest learners to the scientific process and the inquisitive nature of the science world without having to tackle a whole curriculum set.
Tess and the Mystery Rock is a science/literature crossover. Use as an independent reader or turn it into a unit study. This powerful interdisciplinary tool encourages reading comprehension and application of the scientific method.
Support and enhance learning with the addition of Tess and the Mystery Rock Field Notebook. This book includes more experiments and further study of concepts, allowing you to use the reader as a science unit for an extended period of time. This is a great way to introduce young learners to science!
What one mom had to say: “Lucky to have the new Real Science-4-Kids literacy based book, Tess and the Mystery Rock! Mac loved it! It was cute and funny, which Mac loved, and it got his brain working, which I loved. It got his wheels turning and I don’t know that he even realized he was learning. Since he was still in vacation mode, that felt like a real win for me. He was involved in these two books for a long while, and asked me again this morning if we could read it together and work in it some more. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of Real Science-4-Kids, and Tess and the Mystery Rock is another example of their imaginative and engaging approach to learning.”
Tess and the Mystery Rock is meant to be read slowly the first time through. Take time to stop on the thought pages and let your budding scientists think through the stories and concepts. Let their minds run wild with ideas to jot down and diagram. There are no wrong answers as they are learning the process of analysis and discovery. At the conclusion of the reader there are multiple ideas for hands-on experiments that support the main concepts of the book. These experiments can be used as you revisit the story time and time again.
Support and enhance learning with the addition of the field notebook. Further study of concepts and additional experiments included in the notebook will allow you to use the reader as a science unit for an extended period of time. This is a great way to introduce young learners to science!