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Rachel Carson – A Famous Scientist

Rachel Carson grew up loving the outdoors, reading, and writing stories.  She studied to be a writer and scientist while she was in college.  In 1936, she became the first woman scientist in the Department of Fisheries.  Rachel's books made her famous – they told people to care for the world around them.

Put an X in the text box next to each statement on the attached worksheet that best describes Rachel Carson as a famous scientist.  If a statement doesn't describe Rachel Carson, leave the text box blank.

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Growing up, Rachel Carson was a quiet child. Her first published story appeared in a children's magazine when she was ten years old, When she was writing her book, Under the Sea Wind, Rachel got a chance to go underwater in a bathysphere! She saw undersea life up close for the first time.


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