This is a collection of 6 short and engaging non-fiction readings. Each half-page article includes 3 to 4 reading comprehension, opinion, or application questions. Keys and a bibliography are also provided.
Story 1: Knowing Newton (Physics)
- Isaac Newton was brilliant. He invented calculus. He changed scientific thought with his ideas about gravity and motion. He stuck a needle into his eye socket just to see what would happen.
Story 2: For Good or Evil (Chemistry, Ethics)
- Fritz Haber made it possible to feed the world’s billions of people. He is also the “father” of modern chemical warfare.
Story 3: The Men with Einstein’s Brain (Physics, Biology, Ethics)
- Albert Einstein used his brain for 76 years. Thomas Harvey kept it in a glass cookie jar for 50 more.
Story 4: The Half-Life of Marie Curie (Chemistry)
- Marie Curie was one of the very few women able to succeed in science prior to WWI. Her work with radioactive elements was ground-breaking and probably killed her.
Story 5: AC/DC (Physics)
- Nikola Tesla’s work with alternating current put him at odds with Thomas Edison. Luckily, he had the love of his pigeons to see him through.
Story 6: Measuring the Stars (Astronomy)
- Even without his nose, Tycho Brahe was able to make some incredibly accurate measurements of the universe. And he did so before the invention of the telescope.
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