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review 2017-02-22 16:53
Germs! Germs! Germs!
Germs! Germs! Germs! (Hello Reader! Level 3 Science) - Bobbi Katz,Steve Björkman

This book educates children about germs. I would use this book with older grades such as third, fourth, and fifth graders. Before, during, and after reading, I would complete a KWL chart about germs with students on the board. As a hook to the lesson, I would get each student to put lotion on their hands (that has glitter in it) and give them three minutes to walk around putting the glitter on the board, knobs, or desks. This would serve as a visual for germs. After reading the book, I would host a whole-group discussion on all of the ways germs get in your body and ways to keep them out. Then we could play a game. To set up for the game, the teacher would need to use painter's tape to make a big circle on the floor or use chalk to make one on the sidewalk. The circle would need to be big enough for each student to jump inside. The students will pretend to be the germs in the story as it is read aloud. The students will begin by standing on the line that creates the circle. As the teacher reads the story aloud, the students will jump in the circle if the germ gets inside the body and will jump out of the circle if the germ is prevented from getting in the body. After playing the game, students could write about how they will prevent the spread of germs in our classroom. This lesson would be good to do during the beginning of the school year or around flu season.

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text 2017-02-22 16:04
Reading progress update: I've read 76 out of 260 pages.
Information Theory: A Tutorial Introduct... Information Theory: A Tutorial Introduction - James V. Stone

No rigorous proof of Shannon's Source Coding Theorem is given; presumably it's difficult.

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text 2017-02-22 15:30
Reading progress update: I've read 176 out of 320 pages.
Feynman Lectures On Computation - Robin W. Allen,J.G. Hey,Anthony Hey,David Pines,Richard P. Feynman

Reversible computing is slowly becoming clearer to me...it's not at all obvious.

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review 2017-02-22 14:16
Alien Salvation (World of Kalquor #4) by Tracy St. John
Alien Salvation - Tracy St. John
Alien Salvation is the fourth book in the World of Kalquor series, and in my opinion, is the best book so far. The Kalquorians are searching Earth, or what's left of it, trying to contain the devastation left by the nuclear bombs, and also trying to find the Empress' family. The same family are hiding out in Florida, unknown to the looters who are nearby, or the Kalquorians. When a small scout ship lands, Lindsey decides that she will do whatever it takes to get food for her parents. When she realises that the 'trade' isn't as bad as she thought it would be, she is more than happy to carry. With adventures and mishaps along the way, Lindsey and her clan need to figure out what is the right thing to do, and what is the right thing for them.
 
This book is very well written, giving the reader no doubt about how much Lindsey loves her family. Tara is a wonderful character, so serene and yet full of wit and humour at times. Aaron is everything a father should be towards his daughter - loving and protective. The clan themselves seemed a bit disjointed when we first meet them, but with Lindsey there, they all grow and mould into one cohesive unit. This book will tug on the emotions, it has more sorrow in it than the previous books. This series is turning out to be a secret surprise, and definitely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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text 2017-02-22 14:13
Reading progress update: I've read 85 out of 169 pages.
A Modest Genius: The Story of Darwin's L... A Modest Genius: The Story of Darwin's Life and How His Ideas Changed Everything - Sarah Darwin,Hanne Strager

The scientific discussion is pretty much entry-level; it's probably great for those who've never read anything on the subject before - but I have! Again, wrong book, not bad book. However, a few glimpses of the kind of thing I wanted have shone through; Darwin spending 8 years on mollusc anatomy and classification; writing a list of pros and cons on the topic of getting married. Suffering anxiety and depression.

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