Featuring detailed photos and images, fascinating facts, and a helpful index and glossary for reference, readers will learn about the way animals of all kinds work together in cities of their very own. Elementary readers will be fascinated by the informational text that familiarizes them to topics like habitation and Colony Collapse Disorder.
Jane Goodall had a passion to learn about animals. Readers will learn all about her adventurous life among chimpanzees and other primates in this inspiring nonfiction biographical title. Children will be fascinated by the vibrant images, stimulating facts, and accessible glossary that will assist in vocabulary improvement.
Find out what sets the human life cycle apart from other living things in this fascinating, informative nonfiction reader. With intriguing facts, informational text, and vibrant photographs, children will be introduced to the biological phases of our life cycle--from infancy to adulthood.
Journey to Africa to explore the world of the grasslands! Readers are taken on an adventure through the grasslands to learn about the various animal and plant life and grassland conservation in this fascinating nonfiction book that features striking photographs and riveting facts. Even the most reluctant of readers will be captivated as they move from cover to cover.
There is so much to explore in the Amazon! Readers are taken on an adventure through the Amazon rainforest to learn about the lush plants and beautiful animals, deforestation, and rainforest conservation in this fascinating nonfiction reader that features striking photographs and riveting facts.
Death Valley is one of the hottest and driest deserts of the world! Readers are taken on an adventure through Death Valley to learn about the plants and animals that survive in this dry, hot desert landscape in this engaging nonfiction title. Featuring vivid photographs, informational text, and riveting facts about desert ecology, readers will be fascinated from beginning to end!
Discover the world of mammals in this delightful nonfiction title! Readers will learn all about different mammals--from primates to marsupials, and rabbits to whales, even omnivores and herbivores. Featuring vivid photos and charts, clear text, and stimulating facts, this book will have children eager to learn all they can about mammals!
A cactus wren nests in a desert cactus. A zebra grazes on a grassy plain. A cougar crouches between thick trees in a forest. Deserts, grasslands, and forests are all biomes. A biome is an area with a certain type of climate with unique plants and animals that have adapted to its environment. Featuring TIME For Kids content, this nonfiction reader introduces students to five of Earth's biomes: ocean, forest, desert, grassland, and tundra. This high-interest title includes detailed photos, stimulating facts, and clear, informational text to engage students as they build their critical literacy skills. The book includes text features such as bold font, captions, a table of contents, a glossary, and sidebars to increase understanding, improve academic vocabulary, and prompt critical thinking. This text prepares students for college and career and is aligned with state and national standards. Keep grade 2 students engaged from cover to cover with this intriguing reader!
An overview of the different characteristics of the Earth that make it unique. This book has a reading level of 2.6 and a word count of 604.
All of the basic information your child wants to know about the rainforest and its many colorful inhabitants. This book is at a reading level of 2.5 with a word count of 567.
This book takes a closer look at the main characteristics of a desert, how they're formed, and how plants and animals have adapted to their arid environment. Reads at a level of 2.5 with a word count of 558.
This book explores the many different kinds of forests as well as the variety of plants and animals that inhabit them. Reads at a level of 2.5 with a word count of 556.
Maps and globes are among the most important tools that scientists have for studying the earth. In the 1500s, Gerardus Mercator created the first globes and maps. William Davis helped make geography a school subject and is a founder of geomorphology, the study of landforms. He also made important discoveries about the cycle of erosion. Many of today's discoveries come from photos taken from satellites that orbit our planet.
Alfred Wegener studied astronomy and meteorologyâ€”and was even a record-holding balloonistâ€”before he became famous for his theories on how the land and seas on Earth were formed and change. These ideas are continental drift and plate tectonics. Seeing that the continents fit together like a puzzle, Wegener proved the theory that all of Earth's continents were once connected. Although his theories weren't accepted until after his death, scientists use plate tectonics to explain volcanoes and many other changes on Earth.
Ancient astronomers looked at movements in the sun, moon, and stars to guide travelers and keep track of the seasons. Nicholas Copernicus was the first to challenge people's beliefs that Earth was the center of the solar system and is known as the founder of astronomy. Galileo Galilei built a telescope and spotted craters on the moon and sunspots on the sun. Isaac Newton invented the reflecting telescope and discovered the law of gravity. Astronomers continue to work every day to uncover the mysteries of the universe.
Rachel Carson began writing about nature when she was just 10 years old. She became a zoologist in 1932 and went to work for the United States government as a biologist and writer. She wrote about natural resources and encouraged others to care for the planet. She wrote books that helped people understand the world around them. Everyone can play a part in keeping the Earth healthy.
Planck studied physics, the science of matter and energy. He wound up making big discoveries in the area of thermodynamics, which is the study of heat and how it moves. Planck won the Nobel Prize for his work in Quantum Physics, which is the movement inside of atoms. It changed the way scientists understood the world.
Marie Curie's work in radioactivity changed the way scientists think about matter and energy and led to advancements in the treatment of disease. With her fellow scientist and husband, Pierre Curie, she searched for the source of radioactivity and discovered two elements, radium and polonium. They shared the 1903 Nobel Prize, the world's highest science award, for their discovery.
Scientists who have studied light and sound over the last few centuries invented many things that we still use today. Thomas Young, for example, proved that light moves in waves and invented prescription eyeglasses. The study of sound has led to inventions like the telephone and hearing aids. Thomas Edison studied both light and sound and invented such things as a long-lasting light bulb, the phonograph, and the first recording machine.
British scientist Robert Hooke built an early microscope and was the first scientist to observe cells and give them their name. Anton van Leeuwenhoek created the best microscopes of his time and used them to study living organisms. Matthias Schleiden, Theodor Schwann, and Rudolf Virchow created Cell Theory, which says that all living things are made of cells; cells are the smallest part of a living thing; and all cells come from other cells.
George Washington Carver was born a slave, but he became an important scientist and teacher. He experimented with soil and became famous for his work as a botanist. He used peanuts and other plants to make new products. Before Carver's research, plants were only used for food and clothing. His creative approach to agriculture taught people that plants could be used to make many products, like rubber, ink, fuel, and paper, to name a few.
Ecologists study the connections living things have with one another and their surroundings. John Woodward did some of the first ecology experiments in 1699 and figured out algae bloom. Aldo Leopold's work led to the Endangered Species Act to protect plants and animals from becoming extinct, and he led the U.S. government to begin considering the environmental impact of land use. Eugene Odum was the first to see Earth as a set of interlocking ecosystems. His work led to laws to protect wetlands.
Jane Goodall is the world's leading authority on chimpanzees. She moved to the African jungle to study them. Her visit to Kenya led to a meeting with famous paleontologist Louis Leakey. Although she wasn't a trained scientist, Goodall began working with Leakey in 1960. She earned the trust of the apes and observed their social interactions. She studied them for more than 30 years. She learned that chimps use tools and are more intelligent than was previously thought.