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Using Science Fiction to Teach Science
Study Guides and References for the Science Teacher who wishes to incorporate science fiction in the classroom

This page lists useful resources for teachers to incorporate science fiction in unit plans and lessons to teach science.

Chemistry and Science Fiction by Jack H. Stocker
A lively book that looks at science as filtered through literature, film, and television. It discusses classic works in science fiction and provides an in-depth look at the chemistry depicted in popular culture, particularly in Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. It includes an examination by Nebula Award winner Connie Willis of how science fiction authors use science, and reprints two tongue-in-cheek short stories by Isaac Asimov. The book also includes suggestions for using science fiction as an educational resource.
Hardcover: 256 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 9.25 x 6.25
Publisher: American Chemical Society; (December 1998)
ISBN: 0841232482
List Price $24.95

No Limits: Developing Scientific Literacy Using Science Fiction by Julie E. Czerneda
Excellent resource for teachers, parents, and librarians. Author Julie Czerneda shows that SF can be educational as well as entertaining.
Paperback: 128 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.33 x 10.93 x 8.33
Publisher: Trifolium Books Inc; (May 1, 1999)
ISBN: 1895579945
List price $18.95

Also has a companion book Packing Fraction and Other Tales of Science and Imagination that contains the stories discussed in her book "No Limits."

Science Stories: Integrating Science and Literature, K-3
Bring science to life through 24 popular children's books at the primary and intermediate levels. Cross-curricular activities for each book provide theme-based units. Correlation charts are included. Grades K-3
Paperback: 130 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 0.42 x 10.80 x 8.21
Publisher: Goodyear Pub Co; (May 1994)
ISBN: 0673360830
List Price $16.95

Science & Stories: Integrating Science and Literature: Grades 4-6
Next in the series of science classroom books by Hilarie N. Staton, for grades 4 through 6.
Paperback: 134 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.42 x 10.84 x 8.19
Publisher: Goodyear Pub Co; (June 1994)
ISBN: 0673360849
List Price $16.95

The Physics of Star Trek
by: Lawrence M. Krauss

Book Description
What warps when you're traveling at warp speed? What's the difference between a holodeck and a hologram? What happens when you get beamed up? What's the difference between a wormhole and a black hole? What is antimatter, and why does the Enterprise need it? Are time loops really possible, and can I kill my grandmother before I am born?

Discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions from a renowned physicist and dedicated Trekker. Featuring a section on the top ten physics bloopers and blunders in Star Trek as selected by Nobel-Prize winning physicists and other devout Trekkers!

"Today's science fiction is often tomorrow's science fact. The physics that underlines Star Trek is surely worth investigating. To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit."
--From the foreword by Stephen Hawking

Author Lawrence M. Krauss is Ambrose Swasey, Professor of Physics and Professor of Astronomy and Chairman of the Department of Physics at Case Western Reserve University. He is also the author of two acclaimed books, Fear of Physics: A Guide for the Perplexed and The Fifth Essence: The Search far Dark Matter in the Universe, and over 120 scientific articles. He is the recipient of several international awards for his work, including the Presidential Investigator Award, given by President Reagan in 1986. He lectures extensively to both lay and professional audiences and frequently appears on radio and television.

Paperback: 208 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.47 x 7.28 x 6.54
Publisher: Perennial; (November 1996)
ISBN: 0060977108
List price $13.00

Also by Lawrence M. Krauss:
Beyond Star Trek: Physics from Alien Invasions to the End of Time

The Computers of Star Trek
by: Lois H. Gresh

Using Science Fiction to Teach Science Fact: Grades 5-9
by: R. Raham

Also of interest to the science teacher:

One-Minute Readings: Issues in Science, Technology, and Society
by Richard R. Brinckerhoff
Excellent for discussion starters in science classrooms. Has a companion book One Minute Readings Teachers Guide.

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bulletTeaching Chemistry with Toys: Activities for Grades K-9
bulletExploring Energy with Toys: Complete Lessons for Grades 4-8
bulletInvestigating Solids, Liquids, and Gases with Toys

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