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I am Albert Einstein (Ordinary People Change World)

Last updated Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Author: Brad Meltzer
Illustrator: Christopher Eliopoulos
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 0803740840
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2016

Synopsis: From Booklist:
"In this brief biography for young children, Meltzer traces the life of one of the greatest of all scientists. Stressing both curiosity and independence, Albert says I did things my own way. From an early age he liked playing alone and thinking, and he began to question why the universe behaves as it does. Readers will be interested to learn despite being a supersmart genius, Albert didn’t always get good grades. In later life he is shown receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics for his theory of relativity. The drawings are always comical and the text is both humorous and informative."

Note to readers:
•  This book has a definite and important theme (see the last six pages). If's a great opportunity to discuss - being curious, individual differences, etc.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you know what Albert Einstein was?
•  Do you like math? What do you learn in math?
•  What subjects are you curious about?


•  compass - an instrument containing a magnetized pointer that shows the direction of magnetic north and bearings from it.
•  curious - eager to know or learn something.
•  persistence and patience - patience definition, the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation
•  genius - exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability
•  gravity - the force that attracts a body toward the center of the earth, or toward any other physical body having mass. For most purposes Newton's laws of gravity apply, with minor modifications to take the general theory of relativity into account.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How was Albert different from other children?
•  What were some of the amazing things Albert did as a child?
•  Was Albert a good student? Why?
•  Do you agree - Being different is what makes you special? Why? How?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a timeline of your life. Include pictures/years of major events - birth, started school, younger siblings born, etc.
•  Draw a compass and include the directions.
•  See ideas or examples on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/november-2016-science-tech/

Special activities:
•  Play a curiosity circle game. Go around in a circle & ask each student to name something they are curious about. They following student repeats what the previous students have said, etc.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!