Science based Fiction?
One of the reasons I became an author is to help convey fact based science in a way students can relate to. I think storytelling can be another tool in the toolbox to help students understand how science is a part of the every day world around them. I’m hopeful this information will help educators and students alike. Careful, some of this information may contain SPOILERS!
A Day in the Park
The idea for this book came when I did a search for scientific papers about my area (Chicago, Illinois, USA). The paper describes a chance encounter when a utility company discovers fossils and calls in the Illinois Geological Survey to identify them.
Here’s a link to download that paper (free): Illinois Geological Survey Circular 571
This Illinois State Museum website is another great resource for learning more about the pre-historic animals discussed in A Day in the Park.
There are many examples of real-life people making discoveries just like Ryan Hutton did in this book. Here’s a couple of examples:
If you have questions about how to integrate any of my books into your classroom I’d love to hear from you! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org