Rourke's World of Science Encyclopedia teaches the essential concepts for elementary school science instruction. This comprehensive set helps students with the transition from K-4 to 5-8 grade level studies. From basic objects in the sky, life-cycles, and properties of earth materials to the more advanced, structures of living systems, forces and motion and science technology, students will find what they need. Make Rourke's World of Science Encyclopedia an important part of your reference library.
In the wild, some animals are predators, who hunt other animals. Predators have special traits that help them catch their prey. But not always! Prey animals have tricks they use to hide or stay safe from their ever-looming enemies. Learn all about the animals who hunt and are hunted, like the cheetah who stalks the gazelle and the Arctic wolf who stalks the caribou, just to name a few. This book will allow students to make observations of animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Some animals can hide in plain sight. They blend right in with their surroundings. The animals color, texture, and patterns help them stay hidden. This form of camouflage keeps them safe from predators. This book will show you how animals such as the thorny devil, the chinstrap penguin, the sidewinding adder, and the pygmy seahorse all stay safe by camouflaging themselves in some very interesting ways. This book will allow students to construct an argument supported by evidence for how animals can change the environment to meet their needs.
Animals in the wild must protect themselves from predators. Some animals mimic other things, or pretend to be something less tasty so they wont be someones next meal. Learn some of the tricks these animals use to stay safe. The frogfish, walking stick, mimic octopus, and northern pygmy owl are just some of the masters of disguise you will learn about in this book. This book will allow students to construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
In the animal world, parents look after their babies. They want to make sure the babies are strong and ready to survive in the wild. This book explores how animal parents teach their young to hunt, stay safe from predators, and eventually learn to fend for themselves. Unusual animals, such as the Eastern gray kangaroo, the Nile crocodile, and the harp seal are just a few animal species highlighted in this title about animal babies. This book will allow students to make observations of animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Animals mate to keep their species alive and strong. In the wild, animals must fight for mates. During courtship, animals show that they are strong and healthy in many peculiar ways. This book will show you how animals like the Emperor penguin, the peacock, the African bullfrog, and the frigatebird use their colors, croaks, and tail feathers to find the perfect mate! This book will allow students to construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
Humans are not the only ones that build things. Some animals are great builders. The things they build help them survive in the wild. Animals build to keep safe and warm. This book highlights animal homes, such as the sociable weaver nest, a termite mound, a spiders web, a beaver dam, and many other homes built by animal builders! This book will allow students to use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different animals and the places they live.
As Victoria and Jasper were enjoying their new sunflower, Jasper gets pollen on his nose. A bee soon arrives which sends the characters running. As they run through a baseball game screaming, Run, it's a Bee, all the players start to follow them. As they run through the school auditorium screaming, Run, it's a Bee, all the actors start following them. When they finally arrive back at their garden the bee lands on Jasper's nose and licks the pollen off. He soon proceeds on his way leaving the characters feeling silly that the bee never wanted to sting them, he just wanted the pollen!
This title explains how humans and animals have a skeleton to support the inner workings of their bodies and how the muscle attached helps us move. Also explains how exoskeletons have a skeleton on the outside of their bodies, giving examples of insects such as ants. Endoskeletons are also exampled. Gives detailed information on each, along with their habitats, eating habits, and ways they adapt to survive. A special section called, "Explore Your World" outlines an experiment that allows them to identify and examine first-hand this intriguing topic.
Big cats, reptiles, and ocean killers are just a few of the predators discussed in this book. How they chase their prey and what weapons they use to hunt them down and kill them. This exciting book is filled with beautiful photos that will have students on the edge of their seats.
For millions of years, Hippos and Rhinos have roamed the Earth. This book discusses their habitats, what they like to eat, their enormous size, and concerns about the future of these animals due to land restrictions and human harm are all discussed in this wonderful title.
From vultures to crabs, every type of scavenger is discussed in this book. Facts about their habitat, diet, reproduction, and how they help the environment are all discussed in detail.
Students will learn about the fiercest predator in the ocean. From the biggest to the smallest, what adaptations sharks have made to remain on Earth for so long, scientific research and medicinal contributions the shark has made are all discussed, as well as their unique ability to hunt and survive.
This book teaches students about what a marsupial is, the gestation period, how they raise their young, and whether they are carnivores, omnivores, or herbivores
Darling and Lovey were two turtledoves in a class full of graceful eaglets. They could not fly as well and were made fun of by the other students. They practiced and practiced and slowly got better. A tornado threatens during flight school and due to their perseverance and always listening to their teacher, they lead the class safely through the storm.
When the cast of characters decide to have a food fight in the school cafeteria it turns into a real mess. The lunch lady tries to stop them but they pay no attention to her. As the animals get up to leave they notice the sad look on the lunch lady's face and decide to miss recess that day to stay and clean up their mess.
Ernest Elephant wore hats for every day of the week. He needed a hat to wear on Fridays and when he saw the beautiful, red cowboy hat Priscilla Pony was wearing he knew he had to have one. The only problem was he didn't have enough money. After finding five dollars on the playground and wanting to keep it to buy the hat, he remembers it is his friend Mike's lunch money. He returns the money to Mike and three weeks later Ernest gets the red cowboy hat as a birthday present.
As the cast of merry hikers start along the trail they decide to mark the trees with forks and spoons so they can find their way home. After a relaxing hike they start back only to find all the forks and spoons are gone. They are lost and begin to get scared when a ranger finds them and leads them to a shelter. He offers them something to eat and they notice the spoon he gives them is one of theirs. He told them he thought someone had littered and he collected the forks and spoons to give to someone who really needed them. The hikers remarked by saying that made him like Robin Hood.
This is a rhyming twist on the tale of Red Riding Hood. All the animals are discovering that food is missing and all they see is a red blur as they try to unravel the mystery of who could be doing this. When they arrive at Little Red's house they determine it was her and she was feeding wolf pups with the food she had taken because they had no mother. Astonished, because wolves were their enemies, they decide to transport the tiny wolf pups to Yellowstone.
As Priscilla Pony and Lucy Goose prepare to play a game of Duck, Duck, Goose they are finding trouble finding anyone to join them. So, they decide to ask Cooper Cub and Calypso Cat whom they have never talked to before. After the two decide to join in the game and neither Priscilla or Lucy choose them as the goose they lose interest, leaving Priscilla and Lucy wondering why.
Spike and Mike monkey have a game called Snatch and Stow. They take items from their friends and hide them inside a secret cave. They think it is all in fun but when their friends call a meeting to discuss who could be doing this, they confess to their mother and learn a valuable lesson of not taking what is not yours.
Peering out the window on a cold, snowy day Jonathan sees something in the doghouse in the backyard. Only it can't be his dog, Gizmo because he's safe and warm inside the house. As he investigates he finds it is a rabbit trying to stay warm. He and his mom give the rabbit some fruit and veggies, only to discover each time they check there are more and more rabbits. As the snow melts and Jonathan goes out to check on the rabbits they are all gone. He was proud he had provided a nice, warm place for them.
Fascinating facts and information about organisms that survive by sucking blood.
Engaging text describes animals who are crafty problem solvers.
Provides information about the wide variety of features that animals have and why their features are important.