Josh is a gamer. After his parents' divorce and his move from Chicago to a small town where he doesn't know anybody, he copes by staying up way too late playing Killswitch online. Then he discovers a "mod" version of the game that is an exact reproduction of his new town. Strange things start to happen in the game, and they are somehow connected with events in the real world.
Do you know when the first video game was made? Which games were the biggest hits? Which game company secretly created its own competitor? These facts, and many more, are part of the fascinating history of video games! Featuring TIME content, this high-interest nonfiction e-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.
Bam! Pow! Zing! What do these words make you think of? If you answered "a comic," then you already know a bit about comics. But there is so much more to know! Featuring comic book heroes and villains from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image Comics, the History of Comic Books dives into the history and lasting popularity of comic books. Featuring TIME content, this high-interest nonfiction reader 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.
How many toys do you have? Have you ever taken the time to count all of your toys? Introduce young readers to counting and cardinality by having them count the different toys displayed throughout the pages of this e-book. Featuring vivid photographs of toy cars, dinosaurs, and more, readers will enjoy counting while also developing oral language skills by describing what is happening in each photograph.
Featuring basic concepts, this lovely book uses vivid images, engaging vocabulary, and informational text to inspire beginning readers to recognize activities such as playing, digging, reading, running, swinging, and writing. With this engaging nonfiction reader, children will be proud to share what they can do!
Learn how to read and construct statistical graphs and prepare for a concert! This fun story will engage readers as they master bar graphs, circle graphs, line graphs, histograms, and line plots. This engaging title features eye-catching images, exciting practice problems, easy-to-read text, STEM themes, clear mathematical charts and diagrams, and an accessible glossary and index. This title shows how simple, useful, and fun statistical graphing can be! Students will feel encouraged to see how they can use graphs to plan events of their own!
Discover patterns in everyday games! This charming title helps young readers recognize repeating patterns in common games like checkers, cards, board games, and jacks. Children will enhance their understanding of patterns and early STEM themes with engaging examples and featured "You Try It" problems.
Did you know that you use subtraction when you play games? Everything from picking a winning team, jumping rope, and playing hopscotch uses subtraction. See subtraction in action as you read this book!
Make subtraction entertaining with this book about games! This fun title will engage readers as they discover how they can practice subtraction and early STEM concepts while playing their favorite games. Through practice problems, vivid images, and helpful mathematical charts, this book makes subtraction simple and encourages readers to practice their new mathematical skills while playing their favorite games.
Readers won't have to disassemble their favorite toys to discover what makes them work. This book explores electric, magnetic, and motion-powered toys from design to function. It introduces readers to six simple machines and explains how they use force and motion to do work. Not every toy is a technological marvel. Readers learn about time-honored favorites including the rocking horse, Slinky, and rattles.
Discover patterns in everyday games! This charming, Spanish-translated title helps young readers recognize repeating patterns in common games like checkers, cards, board games, and jacks. Children will enhance their understanding of patterns and early STEM themes with engaging examples and featured "You Try It" problems.
Have you ever heard of The Excited Burro or Ringel Ringel? These are games that children play in other countries. Children play different games in different parts of the world, but they all have fun! Vibrant photos, diagrams, maps, informational text, and interesting facts invite readers to learn the way children around the world play the same games as they do in this delightful nonfiction title.
Invite readers to see what goes on behind the scenes at a school carnival! With informational text, vibrant photos and helpful charts, children are engaged from cover to cover while utilizing mathematic skills to learn the basics of planning, income, estimates, and budgeting.
The brotherly trio of George, Charles, and Edward Parker built the Parker Brothers game brand. George, the youngest, was the inventor of the bunch. His board game Banking set the company in motion in 1883. In this business biography, young readers will learn what can happen when someone rolls the dice with an idea.
Pikachu could be called the mascots of the Pokémon brand, as the short, yellow furballs are the most recognizable of hundreds of characters. This book for growing readers tracks the birth of the Japanese pocket monsters chased all around cities by Pokémon Go players.
Netflix has played a role in making binge-watching a thing. Seventy percent of its users watch television series episode after episode after episode in one sitting! This children’s book rewinds Netflix back to its beginning, when the focus was mailing DVDs, and then expands upon the company’s growth over a decade.
Since the 1980s, the My Little Pony brand has worked to spread a message of friendship and happiness to its many fans around the world. In addition to its toys and television, My Little Pony has taken its mission to the streets through campaigns such as the International Day of Friendship. This title gallops through the history and development of the cute and positive brand!
The Power Rangers are a diverse team! Throughout its history, the team has featured members from a wide variety of backgrounds. Each of the brand’s many television series and movies boost its message of teamwork and inclusion. Young readers will marvel over this popular brand’s uprising and continued success!
Since Hello Kitty first appeared on a coin purse in 1974, Sanrio has grown the brand into a worldwide phenomenon! The famous white cat character has made a name for herself by appearing on everything from pencils to airplanes. This title explores Hello Kitty’s rise to fame and what we can expect from the brand in the future.
From earliest times, the concept of "play" has been part of the human experience. And while some pastimes have gone in and out of favor over the years, some never change or lack for enthusiasts. Using poetry and prose, Judy Young relives many of the familiar games of childhood and invites young readers to join along as she plays Kick the Can, Monkey in the Middle, and Double Dutch jump rope. "The rope starts to turn and I jump with my feet As I sing out a song with the same rhythmic beat, Turn around, touch the ground, first jump slowly, then fast; How many more jumps do you think I will last?" Colorful artwork reinforces the underlying message of the importance of physical play in today's techno-driven world. In Lazy Days of Summer even "older" children will recall the welcome tang of lemonade after a rugged game of tag.Lazy Days of Summer is Judy Young's third book with Sleeping Bear Press. She also wrote the playful and popular Ris for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Judy teaches poetry writing workshops for children and educators, and lives near Springfield, Missouri. Kathy O'Malley graduated from Chicago's Columbia College and has illustrated more than 30 children's books. Her artwork can also be found on greeting cards, limited-edition collectibles, and other decorative products. Kathy lives in Glenview, Illinois.
Learn basic art techniques and interesting facts while drawing monster trucks. Perfect for illustrated reports.
In Hula Hoops, early fluent readers explore the physics behind this popular spinning toy. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they explore how a hula hoop works. An infographic explores how a hoop's weight affects its spin, and an activity offers kids an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about hula hoops using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Hula Hoops also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.
A level 2 Amicus Reader that discusses popular turn-of-the-century toys and how toys in the early 1900s were different from toys sold today. Includes “What’s Different?” photo quiz.
Simply describes the forces of friction and other physics concepts using common toys such as bicycles and yo-yos. Includes experiments.
Inspired by memories of fantastic family birthday parties, mother-and-daughter team Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton researched the history of birthdays in order to answer such questions as, How much does where you grow up influence the way you celebrate getting a year older? Have people always celebrated birthdays? The more they investigated, the more they realized that there's a lot more to birthdays than cake, presents, a few games and perhaps a goody bag. They discovered there are as many ways to observe birthdays as there are places in which to do it.