Dig into the world of geology with the Rock On! series! Groovy Gems introduces readers to what gems are and how they form, including mineral gems and organic gems. Chapters discuss crystal systems, imitation and synthetic gems, cultured pearls, how gems are used, and their importance throughout history. Sidebars introduce birthstones, precious metals, and conflict diamonds. Full-color photographs of brilliant diamonds, pearls, geodes, star sapphires, and more will draw in readers while the easy-to-read text breaks down complex concepts. A colorful world map of where gems are found spreads across two pages and an at-home experiment provides the opportunity for hands-on experience. Glossary words in bold, an index, and phonetic spellings for those hard-to-pronounce geologic terms enhance and supplement the text. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
All plants need sun, water, air, and food to grow. Plants are anchored to the ground by their roots, which take in nutrients from the soil. Stems and stalks hold up plants and give them shape, and also hold the plumbing system of the plant. Leaves are the place where food is made for the plant. Many plants make crops for us to eat.
In this adventurous nonfiction title, elementary readers discover poisonous plants and dangerous animals from deserts around the world. Readers will be enthralled with its vivid images, informational text, and interesting facts about desert ecology and desert plants and animals, including sidewinder snakes, dingos, desert locusts, and barrel cacti.
What does swimming in a pool, drinking through a straw, breathing in air, and circulating blood all have in common? They all require a form of air or water pressure! Readers will discover the variety of ways that air and water pressure make an impact on our lives and the things in them. This fact-filled nonfiction title includes real-life examples and basic experiments to aid in the development of understanding physic and scientific concepts. Readers will be introduced to and learn about Archimedes Principle, atmospheric pressure, vacuums, water density, and hydraulics through the use of informational text and stimulating facts in conjunction with vivid images and helpful graphs and diagrams.
Some of the most powerful things in the world are so tiny they can't be seen with the naked eye! Readers will be amazed at what they see when they take a glance at the world of the mini but mighty in this stunningly fascinating nonfiction title that features remarkable images amd graphics, informational text, index, and glossary. Through these features, readers are able to explore and discover such micros as DNA, atoms, bacteria, phytoplankton, and nanotechnology items like nano-robots and microchips!
Explore the "science" of Superpowers! This action-packed nonfiction reader examines super villains and heroes, scientists that have gone bad, mighty mutants, and real-life superpower qualities and capabilities found in nature. Featuring TIME content, this high-interest book builds critical literacy skills and academic vocabulary and is purposefully leveled to engage different types of learners. Developed by Timothy Rasinski and Lori Oczkus, the text includes a table of contents, captions, glossary, index, and images to deepen understanding. The detailed sidebars feature fun facts that develop higher-order thinking. The Try It! culminating activity provides additional language-development activities. Aligned with McREL and WIDA/TESOL standards, this text features complex content appropriate for middle school students.
This title introuduces students to the basic concept of sounds. How sounds can be heard but not seen. How sound is a form of energy that is transmitted through sound waves which travel through your eardrum to be heard. How sound travels through air and at what rate of speed. Useful examples are given throughout to help students understand the concept.