Age Range: 7 – 11
Authors: David Allen & Alex Sinclair
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About the book
Superhero Scientists is brimming full of amazing people who are involved in the fascinating world of science. This beautifully illustrated book explores the work of famous scientists from long ago, other scientists who are alive today and people who use science in their jobs. Take a journey through the 21 chapters packed full of fabulous facts, life stories and scientific discoveries. From astrophysicists to pilots, epidemiologists to vets, marine biologists to scene of crime officers – the book details why they are all superheroes. The people included are representative of the world’s diverse community.
As a non-fiction reader for children
Superhero Scientists is a great text for a 7-11 year old to read independently or with an adult. The book will help children to learn about the many scientific professions in the world and the discoveries that these incredible people have made.
The text in each chapter is laid out in manageable chunks to make the information accessible. Photos and illustrations help to bring the stories to life. Superhero Scientists breaks away from the stereotypical view of a scientist and empowers children to believe that anyone can follow a career in science.
As a classroom resource
Superhero Scientists is the perfect book for teachers who want children to research about scientists and then demonstrate their learning with a creative and innovative written outcome. The first section of each chapter is jam-packed full of fascinating facts and information about the life and work of the scientists. This makes it an ideal resource to use as a class text. Children can read the main body of the chapter either independently, in a group, or as a whole class.
The final part of each chapter, which can be introduced by the class teacher, outlines an exciting way for the children to share what they have learnt from reading about the scientist. From letters posted in magical time-portal letter boxes to raps written for YouTube shows, each chapter’s written outcome is unique and engaging. The ‘How to make your writing great’ sections can be used as success criteria to help children scaffold their written responses.