A pond may seem quiet and subdued, but this unique ecosystem is filled with active life cycles. Students learn what distinguishes a pond from other bodies of water, the plant and animal life within it, and how their life cycles contribute to the pond itself.
Readers learn all about tropical and temperate rainforests and the differences between these two unique biomes. Rainforests are filled with wonder and mystery, from the tall trees in the canopy to the dark and damp leaves on the forest floor. The plants and animals that inhabit these rainforests are varied and exotic. They depend on the rainforest, as does the rest of the world.
Oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth's surface, providing students with a variety of plant and animal life to learn about. An ocean biome includes the saltwater below the waves and everything on, above, and near the surface. Students will also learn about the beach, tides, cliffs, bays, coastlines, coral reefs, and tide pools.
A forest is unlike any other biome on Earth. There are many life cycles found within a forest. Learn about the energy pyramid that explains the numbers of forest plants and animals. Learn about threats to these lively forests and how they thrive and survive!
Readers learn all about wetlands and their complex interactions with plants and animals in this colorful title! Although wetlands don't necessarily need to be covered in water all year long, most areas are pretty wet. Whether they are freshwater or tidal, they play a key role in the health of the Earth. They provide homes for many different kinds of plants and animals that are well adapted for the soggy conditions.
Hurricanes plague the tropics from June through November. Some years bring just a handful of storms. Other years, meteorologists run out of names because there are so many. Readers learn how and where these storms form and the dangers they pose to the land and people who live in Gulf and Atlantic coast regions.
Deserts may seem like harsh, uninhabitable places, but actually they support a diverse quantity of plant and animal life. And, they aren't always hot! Deserts serve an important role in Earth's existence, too. Readers learn about hot and cold deserts alike, as well as semi-arid and coastal deserts. From the Horned Lizard to the Saguaro cactus rooted in rich soil, the desert biome will amaze readers.
Perhaps nothing is more frightening than seeing a forest fire rage out of control. Sometimes, however, fires are set intentionally to benefit the environment. Readers will learn what fire is, how it burns, and how fires can both help and harm the areas they affect.
Images of an erupting volcano can be mesmerizing. Readers may be surprised to learn that volcanoes erupt every day. Some erupt constantly, while others lie dormant for years or even centuries. Through engaging text and brilliant photos, readers learn what happens beneath the Earth to cause a volcanic eruption and the different structures beneath the Earth that cause new land to form.
Most of the Earth's changes happen over millions of years, but earthquakes can force significant changes to the land in just a few moments. Readers will learn the science of plate tectonics and its role in the development of earthquakes around the globe. They will also learn that not all rocks are created equal. In fact, rocks are all different ages! This book concludes with images of the damage and destruction that earthquakes can cause.
Floods and blizzards may be very different, but they do have some things in common. In this book, readers will discover they have one vital ingredient in common: water. Readers will learn the powerful forces of water as it pertains to floods and blizzards. They also discover that although these two forces of nature can cause difficulties for people, they are nature's way of cleaning up and re-nourishing the land.
Learn the basics of measuring time in this engaging title! Review the history of time measurement, seeing many ways people have measured time in the past and continue to today! In the past, people used sundials, water clocks, and sandglasses to measure time. Now, we have very accurate and widely used units of time, like months, days, and years. Learn all about units of measurement, time zones, daylight savings time, and STEM themes! Vibrant images, simple practice problems, and helpful mathematical diagrams simplify time measurement so readers will feel more confident measuring time in their daily lives.
In this adventurous title, readers learn all about plate tectonics! A brief history of Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift introduces readers to the development of plate tectonics and how it helped form the Earth we know today. Through colorful images, helpful charts and graphs, and easy-to-read text, readers will discover such fascinating topics as magnetic pole reversal, divergent and convergent plate boundaries, the ocean-continental division, and the San Andreas Fault. A captivating lab activity is featured to encourage children to further explore geology!
In this appealing biography, children will read about the fascinating life, theories, and discoveries of Alfred Wegener. From his time in Greenland studying meteorology with hot balloons to his theory of Pangea, readers will be eager to learn more about Wegener's contributions to science and the strides he took towards developing the study of plate tectonics. The easy-to-read text, accessible glossary, helpful index, and intriguing facts work in conjunction with the lively images and captivating lab activity to engage readers from beginning to end!
Earth's surface is always changing and scientists study landforms to learn about these changes. Destructive forces like earthquakes and volcanoes are discussed as well as weathering and erosion from water runoffs. Readers will learn about some of the most famous and majestic landforms in existence, like the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Angel Falls, Mount Fuji, and Columbia River Gorge, through stunning images, easy-to-read text, fascinating sidebars, and supporting glossary and index. An engaging lab activity is featured to encourage readers to further explore how landforms occur!
Mohammed Karaji, Edmond Halley, Henry Darcy, and Pelageia Polubarinova-Kochina are some of the most important water scientists highlighted in this nonfiction book. Readers will love the vivid images, easy-to-read text, helpful charts and graphs, and accessible glossary and index. Featuring a captivating hands-on lab activity, this book will leave readers eager and excited to learn more!
Explore the water cycle in this fascinating book! Readers will learn the various steps of the water cycle--including evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. Featuring plenty of stunning images, colorful charts and graphs, accessible glossary and index, and easy-to-read text, readers will learn about different forms and types of water such as rain, sleet, snow, freshwater, and saltwater. Readers will also learn about clouds, the different types, how they are formed, and what role they play in the water cycle. An engaging hands-on activity allows readers to explore weather and science even further!
People have been studying the earth for thousands of years! This fascinating book will introduce readers to those who made big discoveries in geology. Through vibrant photos and easy-to-read text, readers will learn about such early geologists as James Hutton, William Smith, Alfred Wegener, Florence Bascom, and Friederich Mohs. The helpful charts and graphs work in conjunction with the accessible glossary and index to give readers the tools they need to better understand the content. An engaging hands-on lab activity is featured to encourage readers to explore the world of geology!
From thunderstorms to jet streams, storms come in many different forms! Learn about rainstorms, sandstorms, hailstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and even blizzards in this thrilling, nonfiction book that features plenty of stunning images, fascinating facts, easy-to-read text, and engaging sidebars. The glossary and index ensures that readers have the tools they need, while the featured hands-on lab activity will leave children captivated and eager to learn more!
Gerardus Mercator, John Wesley Powell, Grove Karl Gilbert, William Morris Davis, Albrecht Penck, and Florence Bascom are some of the incredible geologists and geographers that readers will learn about in this biographical title. With a variety of colorful, vivid images and graphs, easy-to-read text, and intriguing facts and sidebars, readers will be excited and engaged from cover to cover! Readers will feel confident in their growing scientific knowledge with the featured glossary and index, while the captivating lab activity provides a stimulating hands-on approach!
Readers are introduced to some of the most important weather scientists that ever lived in this engaging book! Featuring stunning photos, fascinating facts, easy-to-read text, and mini-biographies, readers will be excited to learn about Galileo, Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, Benjamin Franklin, and Tetsuya Theodore Fujita. A captivating hands-on lab activity is featured to encourage readers to explore all they can about weather and science!
This informative book teaches readers about the seven continents and how to recognize them on maps. Through supportive text, vibrant images, and a helpful glossary, index, and table of contents, readers will learn about map basics like the compass rose, a scale, and a legend.
Readers learn about the different areas of the United States in this stimulating nonfiction title. Featuring vividly colored examples of various maps, including physical, political, and thematic, this book will have readers engaged and inspired to learn more about the different parts of the U.S. and to create a map of their own!
Many desert animals around the world are in danger of becoming extinct. In this enlightening nonfiction title, readers will learn a few of the causes of extinction in the desert and what problems extinction causes for animals, wildlife, and humans alike. Through vibrant photos of beautiful animals and stunning facts in conjunction with informational text and useful charts and diagrams, readers will learn and understand concepts such as habit loss and learn ways that animal activists help to protect animals and their environments, as well as helpful tips to get involved in conserving biodiversity.
Take a trip to the tropics to learn about what makes jungle animals so unique and why they need to be protected. This nonfiction title allows readers to discover the causes of endangered animals--including poaching and habitat loss--through astonishing facts and colorful images of these beautiful animals in conjunction with informational text and helpful charts and diagrams. With a glossary of terms, an index, and a list of resources and websites, children will be inspired to take part in the conservation of jungle animals.