Genetics Expert Joanna L. Kelley
From the Series STEM Trailblazer Bios
Have you ever solved a tricky puzzle? As kids, Joanna Kelley and her siblings had fun solving the math and science challenges their parents invented at the dinner table. Later, Kelly’s love of science puzzles inspired her to investigate the building blocks of life.
Kelley became a geneticist, a scientist who studies DNA. DNA is the set of instructions inside every living thing—a code that shapes appearance and behavior. Kelley set out to better understand how the code works. She focuses on a wide range of animals, from great apes to tiny insects. What she learns about their DNA can tell scientists a lot about human DNA too. Follow Kelley’s path from curious kid to groundbreaking scientist.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Interdisciplinary|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Lerner Publications ™, LernerClassroom|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Reading Counts! Level||5.4|
|Text Type||Narrative Nonfiction|
|BISACS||JNF007090, JNF051050, JNF061010|
|Dimensions||7 x 9|
|Guided Reading Level||V|
|ATOS Reading Level||5.5|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||170513|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Features||Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource|
Author: Laura Hamilton Waxman
Laura Hamilton Waxman lives in Minnesota and has written many nonfiction books for young readers.
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STEM Trailblazer Bios
Read about the life stories and significant contributions of some of today’s most accomplished figures in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Narrative nonfiction text explores key details from each person’s life, often… View available downloads →
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“[I]nformative and inspiring series….Highly recommended, especially where current biographies, particularly of those involved in STEM careers, are needed and requested; strong supplemental reading for science classes, too.”―School Library Journal, Series Made Simple