Tradebook Review: What If?

Now we know what the sarlacc eats when there aren’t any jedi prisoners to munch on.

I had to do 4 of these tradebook reviews for class, and I wanted one of them to be something that could be taught in two different content-area classrooms at once. The first thing that came to my mind was some kind of historical fiction (social-studies/language arts) but then I noticed “What If: Serious Scientific answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions” sitting on my bookshelf (science/language arts.)

“What If” is written by Randall Munroe, the guy who does XKCD, and his book is very much in the same spirit as his webcomics. I love XKCD. It’s sweet, sad, hilarious, philosophical, and educational. I just had to figure out how to work some of that magic into the classroom. So, here’s the review below the jump. Again, it’s in template form.

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Learning about Edutopia

I had assumed that the George Lucas of the educational foundation that carries his name was not THE George Lucas… but he is. Fortunately he’s a better philanthropist than script-writer.

Edutopia is one of the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s projects. They¬†maintain a large and very active community of teachers and administrators. They also promote and curate content from that community on their website, which you can search/browse by topic or strategy.

Most of the content that they promote falls into specific categories, since they have explicitly aligned themselves with a few different “core strategies.” Technology integration, project-based learning, comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, and social-emotional learning, are¬†their big themes.