Teaching Process Skills with Children's Literature: Hidden Worlds

Hidden Worlds

Introduction and Summary
Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist’s Microscope
,written by Stephen Kramer with photographs by Dennis Kunkel, is not only a book about the wonders of the microscopic world, but about the life of a scientist as well.  The book has stunning photographs of microscopic views of all sorts of things, and with them are accounts of how Dennis uses microscopes to get a closer look at the world around him.  It also tells a story of how he became a scientist, and gives information on how students can follow in his path

Curriculum Connections

This book is a perfect way to teach kids about living systems, matter, and cell structures.  The photography gives views of things that would be hard to come by in the classroom.  There is quite a lot of text, so I would suggest the book for selected out-loud readings or for individual students to read on their own.

Additional Resources

  • The Virtual Cell Tour is a quick and interesting tool for more advanced study of cell structure.
  • Students can use The Virtual Electron Microscope to look at more microscopic images, and quiz themselves for fun on what they are looking at
  • There is also a flash quiz game called Microscope Mania for students to test their knowledge of the microscope.

Book: Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist’s Microscope
Author: Stephen Kramer
Photographer: Dennis Kunkel
Publisher: Sandpiper
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 57
Grade Range- 3-6
ISBN: 978-0618354054