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One of the great things about homeschooling is getting to make connections between different subjects. As we study history, I wanted my son to learn about the great scientists of the past...but I wanted to do it in a light, fun way. 100 Scientists Who Made History with it's fun, useful visuals and brief, interesting descriptions of the life and contributions of scientists throughout history, was exactly what I was looking for (or nearly that...I'll explain why later).
The book contains a wide array of scientists from various cultures from ancient through modern times. Fifty-five of these (yes, I counted) are given full page features, brimming with fun facts about their life and work.
So, why was it only NEARLY what I was looking for? Well, because ideally, the scientists would be arranged in chronological order, making it easier for me to supplement my history lessons. This book, though, was arranged by topic (a perfectly reasonable and useful way to arrange a book of this sort, but it didn't work well for my purposes). To fix that, I made a chronological list of the scientists featured in the book, which you can grab at the link below....
Quick Organizing Tip
When I have a book like this that I want to be used for my history lessons, I will mark the pages I want to use for the next era/section with post-it-notes marked with either the date or chapter. I also keep a notepad on my computer, organized by chapter, where I list resources I want to use in the future. I'll stick post-it's in my spine in chapters I have extra resources for, reminding me to check that list.
For more ways to combine science and history,
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