This classroom read-aloud leads students to engage in the science and engineering practices through the exploration of the structure and properties of matter. Questions presented by Mr. Whisker's facilitates student observation and leads them to grapple with the disciplinary core ideas surrounding matter and its interactions. This book could be used in multiple ways in the classroom. The book could be used to start an investigation about matter.The first few pages of the book might set the stage for beginning of a sequence of learning. A teacher might choose to use relevant pages at different parts of the instruction. The book might be a model for how a teacher would introduce the phenomena.
Students might also read this book independently to reinforce learning that has happened in their own classrooms. This book might be used to teach reading while deepening students' understanding about the properties of matter.