The Disappearing Spoon Novel Study

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Nitty Gritty Science
Grade Levels
5th - 9th, Homeschool
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30 pages
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The Disappearing Spoon, young readers edition tells the extraordinary stories behind one of the greatest scientific tools in existence: the periodic table.

Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history?

The periodic table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, greed, betrayal, and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow elements on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. Students will love learning about the history behind the chemistry.

This novel study was created to be used in the secondary science classroom with a major focus on science vocabulary and reading comprehension.

  • No-prep, and extremely user-friendly, this novel study is perfect for the whole class, small group, or independent study. 

  • Perfect for distance learning. Both print and digital versions are available so students can access the digital version from home or school.

  • Excellent for school OR homeschool. No-prep and so easy for teachers, parents, and students to follow!

The Disappearing Spoon Novel Study is broken down into word study sections and a final project:

Before You Read p 3

Word Study: Part 1 pp 4-11

Word Study: Part 2 pp 12-14

Word Study: Part 3 pp 15-18

Word: Study Part 4 pp 19-22

Word Study: Part 5 pp 23-27

Periodic Table Project pp 28-29

*Answer key is also included.


The Disappearing Spoon product details:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Young Readers' ed. edition (September 10, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316388270
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316388276
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 10 years and up
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 1210L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 5 and up

Copyright © Nitty Gritty Science, LLC. All rights reserved by author Dr. Erica Colón. This product is to be used by the original downloader only. Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements found in this PDF are copyrighted and cannot be extracted and used outside of this file without permission or license. Intended for classroom and personal use ONLY.

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