Teaching Science Reaction #2
In his book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Dr. Seuss offers crucial life lessons on the weather of the four seasons. The use of less sophisticated language and style makes this book easy read. The author narrates that the king was angry for he wanted something new from the skies which according to Bartholomew, was impossible, and his statement was that “even kings cannot rule the skies”. This piece of story teaches the children that weather can only be predicted, but no one can change it.
I recommend the using of this narrating in a science class due to the friendly style in the book writing. This ensures that it passes across the intended life lessons to the children. The use of fictional characters interests the children in reading; this means they will be more attentive and in the process grasp the indispensable knowledge in the book.
The book falls into both the Earth and Space and Matter and Energy science strands. It brings out the characteristics of matter, the Oobleck which is like glue, and aims at bringing in the properties and characteristics of substances. It also describes the weather changes of the four seasons.
This book can be useful in teaching Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. It aids to develop a child’s understanding on the different seasons and weather changes. It also helps the student understand the different properties of matter. Besides these skills, the book helps to accept the fact that some things like matter cannot be changed. All these are vital life lessons that help the child appreciate all the things around him/her and acknowledge what he/she cannot change.
Dr. Seuss is a renowned author who has published over forty books most of which are the children’s ones. Some of his earlier works include Green Eggs and Ham Scrambled Eggs Super, The Lorax, and The Cat in the Hat.
Seuss, Dr. Bartholomew and the Oobleck. New York: Random House, 1949. Print.