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Have you heard of Temple Grandin? She is an amazing scientist who was diagnosed with autism and Sensory Processing Disorder at a young age. Today I want to share an awesome book we have read about her called The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca. I also have an awesome printable Temple Grandin unit study you can use to teach your kids all about her. This book and the unit to go with it is a great way to learn about an awesome woman in STEM!
Temple did not talk for a long time, but later became one of the most powerful voices in modern science. She earned three degrees and used them to help change the farming industry. Her mind was unique and allowed her to connect with animals in a special way. This helped her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe!
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin is the first book in a brand new educational series about the inspirational lives of amazing scientists. It has a fun, illustrated rhyming tale. It also includes a complete biography, fun facts, a colorful timeline of events, and even a note from Temple herself! It is an inspiring book that kids will love reading.
I love how it helps kids understand that we are all a little different and despite those differences there are ways to succeed and make a difference in the world. I also think it is a wonderful book for kids who also have autism or sensory processing disorder. It is good to know there are others like you, going through the same struggles.
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures has earned the following awards:
NSTA Best STEM Books for K-12 Selection
NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books Selection
Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award Recipient
A Mighty Girl Book of the Year
Printable Temple Grandin Unit Study
My printable Temple Grandin Unit Study is 4 pages long and includes questions about Temple Grandin’s Life. It also has some fun facts about cattle, her specialty!
See also my unit on The Girl with a Mind for Math another awesome woman in STEM!