Educators across the country have been inspired by Rube Goldberg’s intricate, clever, engineering-based, but unlikely-to-be-made-in-real-life cartoons. Students are gathering to create their own Rube Goldberg machines, using everyday objects in fun and innovative ways to accomplish simple tasks with fun results. Just Like Rube Goldberg inspires all its readers with the details about Rube’s childhood and his trip into adulthood. He was determined to become a cartoonist for a major newspaper but went to engineering school at his dad’s insistence. When Rube finally found his dream job as a cartoonist, would his fantastical drawings have become popular worldwide if he hadn’t been trained as an engineer? So much to discuss with this book!
In each Bookstorm™, we offer a bibliography of books that have close ties to the the featured book. You’ll find books, articles, websites, and videos for a variety of tastes and interests.
About Rube Goldberg and His Art. We share with you a number of good books, articles, videos, and websites where you’ll find information to create your own curriculum around Just Like Rube Goldberg.
Alter Egos and Secret Identities. Goldberg attributed his inventions to his alter ego, Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts. We’ve found several books that delve into alter egos and secret identities. Author Sarah Aronson has a delightful activity she brings to her school visits that invite students to explore their own alter egos.
Cartooning and Drawing. For the kinetic and visual learners in your classroom or book club, here are top-notch books to lead them through trying their hand at cartooning and drawing.
Critical Thinking. Math puzzles, creative problem-solving, Albert Einstein, brainstorming … a number of books will start you and your students on the path to thinking critically.
Engineering. We recommend two videos, one from NASA and one from Crash Course Kids, to give inspiring introductions to the field of engineering.
Making Machines with Moving Parts. There are more books on this topic than you might realize. From Girls Think of Everything to Monkey with a Toolbelt to Build Your Own Chain Reaction Machines to Dumpster Diver … and many more … inspiration awaits!
San Francisco Earthquake, 1906. Yes, Rube Goldberg lived through that earthquake and it changed his life. Here are books both fiction and nonfiction to bring your students up to speed on one of the largest natural disasters of all time.
Resources for Adults. As always, our Bookstorms include books and videos that will give you the background you need to guide students in both classroom and library settings.
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