Science Storybooks and Activities for Elementary Children

Created by NASA Wavelength Last updated 4/2/2014

Looking for science books to support Common Core English Language Arts? Following is a list of science-based storybooks from the NASA Wavelength collection that are specifically designed for elementary-aged students. These resources also include tools to support classroom instruction such as activities, lessons and teachers' notes.

  • Think Scientifically: The Sun and The Water Cycle

    Grades 4-6 - Two sisters, Marisol and Sofia, explore the Sun's role in the water cycle. Additionally, numerous extension resources are included in the accompanying educator guide, such as suggestions for no-cost language arts activities, links to further science activities, a book walk cue chart to guide classroom discussion before, during, and after the story, a graphic organizer.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E3, 4B/M7
  • Aster's Hoity Toity Belt

    Grades 2-4 - This is an annotated children's story about the Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres in the asteroid belt. Learners will dissect the story for real and fictional objects and places in the solar system, and for those scientific concepts or processes that may be true. Support materials include the story with space for kids to illustrate, an audio recording of the story by the author and an extension activity.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4A/M4
  • The Mystery of the Missing Hummingbirds

    Grades 3-4 - In this illustrated story, students learn about seasonal migration of hummingbirds as they are exposed to the scientific process. Students Anita, Simon and Dennis and the rest of Ms. Patel's class research when the hummingbirds have gone and when they might return. This science-based storybook is the one of four under the title Elementary GLOBE; each book also has companion learning activities that complement the science covered in each story.
  • The Air We Breathe

    Grades 3-4 - This picture book is designed to introduce children to the Earth's atmosphere and its importance to life on Earth. It also introduces how the addition of new gases (e.g., ozone) contributes to changing the quality of air we breathe.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E4
  • The Scoop on Soils

    Grades 3-4 - This science-based storybook provides an introduction to soil description and sampling. Simon, Anita and Dennis follow their dog, Scoop, and find themselves in the middle of an adventure in soil. This is one of four storybooks under the title Elementary GLOBE; each book also has companion learning activities that complement the science covered in each story.
  • Do You Know that Clouds Have Names?

    Grades 3-4 - In this story, students learn that clouds have different names based on their appearance and position in the atmospheric column. Contrails, or condensation trails, are also discussed. This science-based storybook is the one of four under the title Elementary GLOBE; each book also has companion learning activities that complement the science covered in each story.
  • Discoveries at Willow Creek

    Grades 3-4 - In this storybook, students learn about making observations, taking scientific measurements and recording their findings in a science journal. In the story, students Simon, Anita and Dennis join Hannah, a local scientist, as they comparing spring and fall observations of changes they see at Willow Creek. This science-based storybook is the one of four under the title Elementary GLOBE. Each book also has companion learning activities that complement the science covered in each story.
  • All About Earth: Our World on Stage

    Grades 3-4 - Students learn how plants, animals, water, air, and soil are all connected in the Earth system. In this storybook, Simon, Anita, Emily and the rest of Ms. Patel's class gain an understanding of Earth system science while preparing their end of the school year play. Words for an instructional Earth system song are included. The play in the story can be performed as a class activity. This science-based storybook is the last of four under the title Elementary GLOBE; each book also has companion learning activities that complement the science covered in each story.