Del Mar, CA (PRWEB) December 19, 2006
"Hey -- Want to come over after school and extract some DNA together?" It may not be the typical middle school conversation -- but people might hear it from kids who've been using Science2Discover's books, "Call Me Gene" and "Fun With Gene."
Holiday sale on all books. The revised editions of the popular books "Call Me Gene -- Third Edition" and "My Name Is Gene -- Third Edition" are in an interactive Adobe PDF format. Students don't have to wait for the holidays to own them. The books have been well received among students in the classroom and homeschool.
"Call Me Gene -- Third Edition," ISBN 0-9673811-7-6, is narrated by a gene who walks students through major advances in genetics, from Gregor Mendel's experiments with pea plants to modern animal cloning and the Human Genome Project. The book and its workbooks "Fun With Gene," which feature clear, simple language and numerous full-color diagrams, have been accepted as middle school supplementary materials by California State Board of Education and adopted by Utah and Alabama. In addition, the books have been approved by the Board of Education of the City of New York. "Call Me Gene -- First Edition" was also selected as a prize gift by the Aventis CropScience Award for biotechnology science projects.
"From his initial observation, Gregor forms a hypothesis, which he hopes will eventually prove correct. 'Soon, dear peas, you will self-pollinate. Don't disappoint me!' he says to the plants, after pollinating the F1 generation with each other ... During the next several weeks in the year 1865, new garden peas emerge. Gregor enters his favorite retreat and, with eager steps, walks to his sprouting babies ...
"He bends down to look at his experiment in progress. A wide smile crosses his face. 'Aha! As I expected!' ...
"What did he expect? What would you expect the new pea plants to look like?"
(From "Call Me Gene," page 47)
"'Call Me Gene' by Bailey and Eskeland is a delightful, appealing and no nonsense book that presents current topics in biotechnology/genetics using high interest graphics and a minimum use of terminology ... The authors use of terms and topics that link to middle/junior high media preferences, frequently the center of TV programs both science fiction, situation cartoon, entertainment, newscasts and news articles, connect student experience and interest to these complex topics..."
(Bob Van Zant -- Former San Diego City Schools Science Assessor)
Other books are available in Adobe PDF format as well. Check the high school workbook "Know Your Gene -- A High School Workbook" and the mystery novel "Menace in the Walls." All books are available directly from Science2Discover, on the web at http://www.Science2Discover.com, by phone at 888-359-6075, or by fax at 858-793-0410.