Saturday, January 12, 2013

Book Review: Draw Plus Science: Enhance Science Learning Through Art Activities

Draw Plus Science 
Draw Plus Science: Enhance Science Learning Through Art Activities
By: Freddie Levin
Published by:  Peel Productions; Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-0-939217-91-5
Price: $8.99
Ages: 6 and up
Rating:  5 stars
Reviewed by: Wayne S. Walker

Synopsis: Do your kids like to draw but you have no idea how to instruct them so that they can do it well?  Let Freddie Levin, who began studying botanical illustration at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, help you.  Draw Plus Science is her thirteenth title from Peel Productions in the “1-2-3 Draw” series and offers art activities to teach science concepts.  Levin’s proven, step-by-step drawing instruction technique is used to introduce core concepts of the sciences, including characteristics of organisms, variety in nature, scientific classification, learning through observation, life cycles, measuring and recording plant growth, seasonal changes, adaptations, inherited traits, environments, and insect characteristics.

Overall thoughts:  Studies consistently show that when it comes to science, American students significantly lag behind those of other nations.  Research also shows that active visual processing enhances learning and remembering.  Thus, the book is designed to help a child enhance science learning and literacy through art activities in a fun way.  Specific things that children will learn to draw include puppies, elephants, daffodils, gingko leaves, toucans, ants, and of course dinosaurs.  Some of the science lessons taught involve the life cycle of a frog, the parts of a flower, endangered species, and different climate types.  Youngsters will also get to read about famous scientists such as Gregor Mendel, Carl Linneaus, and John James Audobon.  Any family can benefit from the book, but homeschooling parents who are looking for something where art and science meet will find it especially useful.

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