Cornerstones of Science

Cornerstones of Science announces our annual Read, Write & Win contest! This contest is open to 3rd through 12th graders, and all are encouraged to participate. Here's how:
  • students choose a science book from the Cornerstones of Science website, read the book, then write a review to submit.
  • winners, 1st through 3rd places in each grade level, receive a gift certificate and their review is posted on the worldwide web.
  • entry deadline is April 5, 2013.
  • complete contest rules and instructions on writing the book reviews can be found through the contest link


The Contest - Online Submission for 2013

Books in our library

After choosing a book, please fill out this Cornerstones form.

Class Assignment Options

1.) CP: Read an excerpt of a book:

  • Must read at least 30 pages of the book
  • Take notes
  • Write review (2 pages max double spaced)

2.) HC x2: Read whole book

  • Take notes
  • Write a review (300 words max double spaced)
  • Enter the Cornerstones of Science contest – not required – fulfills 2 Honors Challenge requirement

3.) HC x1:Read 2 excerpts of a science book:

  • Must be at least 50 pages of the book
  • Take notes
  • Write review that addresses the nature of science. Answer one or more of the questions below in the review. (2 pages max double spaced)
    • What clues does this book give you about how science is done? How do they know something is true? How are questions asked? How do they go about finding out? How do they interact with other scientists?
    • See additional questions below.
  1. Describe how conceptual principles as well as past and present knowledge guide and influence scientific investigations.
  2. Provide examples that illustrate the variety of ways and reasons why scientists conduct investigations.
  3. Describe how hypotheses are used in science.
  4. Provide an example to show why scientists rely on technology.
  5. Describe how mathematical tools and models are essential to scientific inquiry.
  6. State the proposed criteria to which scientific explanations must adhere.
  7. Describe how new knowledge and methods that result from scientific inquiry emerge from different types of investigations and include clear, honest public communication among scientists.

Writing a Review