A look at manatees, including their habitats, physical characteristics such as their unique respiratory system, behaviors, relationships with humans, and the protected status of these intelligent creatures in the world today.
A look at snow leopards, including their habitats, physical characteristics such as their retractable claws, behaviors, relationships with humans, and their ability to survive changing climates in the world today.
A look at a common food chain in a South American rainforest, introducing the cacao tree that starts the chain, the jaguar that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
A look at a common food chain in the Pacific Ocean, introducing the plankton that starts the chain, the killer whale that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
A look at a common food chain in a North American desert, introducing the mesquite tree that starts the chain, the coyote that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
A look at a common food chain in the Rocky Mountains, introducing the ponderosa pine tree that starts the chain, the mountain lion that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
A look at a common food chain in the Arctic tundra, introducing the Arctic willow that starts the chain, the wolf that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
A narration of the origins, advancements, and future of the life sciences, including botany and zoology, and the ways in which scientists utilize the scientific method to explore questions.
An exploration of Rocky Mountain National Park, including how its mountainous landscape was formed, its history of preservation, and tourist attractions such as the towering summit of Longs Peak.
A look at Komodo dragons, including their habitats, physical characteristics such as their sawlike teeth, behaviors, relationships with humans, and threatened status in the world today.
Managing Green Spaces introduces the many available jobs in wilderness and wildlife management. Potential careers include park-services jobs, trail designing, security and police work, and emergency services in case of fires, floods, and other natural disasters.
You don't have to live in the Great Bear Rainforest to benefit from its existence, but after you read Nowhere Else on Earth you might want to visit this magnificent part of the planet. Environmental activist Caitlyn Vernon guides young readers through a forest of information, sharing her personal stories, her knowledge and her concern for this beautiful place. Full of breathtaking photographs and suggestions for ways to preserve this unique ecosystem, Nowhere Else on Earth is a timely and inspiring reminder that we need to stand up for our wild places before they are gone.
On July 26, 2003, mountain-climber Rod Liberal was nearing the summit of Grand Teton Mountain in Wyoming. As Rod clung to the side of a granite cliff, he saw dark clouds rolling toward him. Suddenly, there was a burst of light as a bolt of lightning struck his chest and blew him off the mountain. Attached to the cliff by a rope, he swung in the air thousands of feet above the ground. Would Rod be able to hold on until rescue rangers arrived to save him? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger---and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of lightning strikes, and learn about scientific advances in weather forecasting and safety precautions. Safety tips show young readers what to do in case they're caught in a thunderstorm.
Earthquakes are a terrifying yet fascinating force of nature. Seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe takes you through her own journey of understanding the earth beneath our feet. Along the way you’ll learn the science behind what makes the earth rumble and hear from kids around the world who have experienced the wonder, and terror, of an earthquake.
On April 20, 2010, workers were drilling for oil on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico when a fire caused a huge explosion. Eleven workers tragically lost their lives. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only disaster. The explosion caused a huge oil leak in the Gulf that took months to stop. The consequences of the leak continue to affect the area to this day. Oil Spill: Deepwater Horizon traces the tragic story of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the resulting oil leak, and the effects of the poisonous oil on ocean animals and coastal communities. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
Miami has a serious problem—water! Sometimes, on sunny days, water bubbles up from storm drains. Residents find their homes flooded. On some days, they see cars floating like boats and even fish swimming in pools of water in the streets. What is going on? And can anything be done to save the city from being completely flooded with water? Rising Seas: Miami, Florida traces the tragic story of the causes of global warming, how this affects Miami—a city built on porous limestone—and how engineers are using pumps and other technologies to save the city from disaster. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
On April 14, 1935 in Boise City, Oklahoma, the sky turned black as a massive, swirling cloud of dust engulfed the city. “It got so dark that you couldn’t see your hand before your face,” remembered one farmer. Blinded drivers drove their cars off the side of the road. Terrified cows spun in circles. People covered their faces, gasping for breath. This was one of many dark days during the Dust Bowl. Sick Soil: The Dust Bowl traces the tragic story of the devastating dust storms that swept across the Midwest in the 1930s as a result of over-farming and drought. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
On April 21, 1956, a five-year-old girl was examined at a hospital in Minamata, Japan. Doctors were puzzled by her symptoms which included difficulty walking and speaking and severe convulsions. Days later, her sister came down with the same symptoms. Soon after, more people were found with the same illness. What was causing this devastating disease? Toxic Water: Minamata, Japan traces the tragic story of toxic wastewater from a factory that poisoned an entire Japanese town. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.
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.
Learn about different animals that live in the city, collecting data and making predictions about each of them! This entertaining e-book, translated in Spanish, follows the story of a fourth-grade class field trip to a park where students study and investigate different animals such as mallard ducks, sparrows, rabbits, dragonflies, and more. Children will be encouraged to build analytical habits as they are engaged with simple practice problems relating to ecology and mathematics. With STEM themes, clear mathematical charts and diagrams, easy-to-read informational text, vivid images, and text features such as a glossary and index, this Spanish-translated nonfiction e-book will encourage readers to collect data and make predictions about animals and many other topics on their own!
Explore the ocean and learn all about coordinate planes simultaneously! Translated in Spanish, this exciting e-book teaches readers about ocean maps and the history of ocean navigation. Learn about Earth's five oceans and how these oceans can be mapped - with sonar, submersibles, and satellites. Readers will get plenty of experience mapping coordinates through related practice problems and familiarizing themselves with latitude, longitude, and the intersections between them. Vibrant images, easy-to-read informational text, simple practice problems, exciting nautical charts, and mathematical diagrams work together to help Spanish readers feel confident in their understanding of coordinate planes and improve their mathematical and STEM skills.
Learn how estimation and approximation theory can be helpful when natural disasters strike! This nonfiction Spanish-translated e-book tells the stories of Hurricane Katrina, tornadoes and thunderstorms in Oklahoma, and a tsunami in Indonesia. All of these natural disasters were very dangerous and devastating, but estimations and predictions saved lives! This digital resource teaches Spanish readers about the properties of natural disasters, while reminding them how vital mathematics can be! Children can explore the math behind these natural disasters through practice problems. These practical examples, along with vibrant images, clear mathematical diagrams, easy-to-read informational text, STEM themes, and text features such as a glossary and index, will keep readers engaged and will re-enforce the importance of mathematics.
Explore estimation and geophysical predictions by learning about seismologists, volcanologists, and meteorologists in this digital resource! This exciting Spanish-translated nonfiction e-book showcases the importance of predicting and preparing for disasters in order to save lives. Volcanologists test gases on a volcano to predict eruptions! Meteorologists use Doppler radars to predict tornadoes! These data collectors use estimation in order to do this. Spanish readers can use sample problems to practice estimation with the help of easy-to-read informational text, clear mathematical charts and diagrams, and text features such as a glossary and index. This e-book encourages children to improve their problem solving and STEM skills.
Geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere—each of these spheres make up planet Earth. From deep below Earth's surface where metals are made to the thermosphere that protects our planet from harmful sunrays, travel through each layer of these spheres to see how every living thing is connected. In this engaging science e-book, fifth-grade readers will learn about the lithosphere, mantle and core of Earth's interior; five zones of the hydrosphere; groundwater and surface water; the entire world's ecosystem; and more through this high-interest informational text filled with vibrant photographs. Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, a hands-on "Think Like a Scientist" lab activity and a "Your Turn" page at the end of the e-book support STEM Education and provide young scientists with an opportunity to apply what they've learned in the text. Helpful diagrams and text features, such as a glossary and index, are also included to reinforce content-area literacy and improve close reading.
Out of all the water on Earth, 96 percent of it is found in the ocean. And yet, we know more about space than the dark depths of our own ocean. Dive into the wild waters of the hydrosphere to explore discoveries about our ocean’s habitats, life, and zones in this engaging science e-book. From the abyssal plain to the continental shelf, fifth-grade readers will learn all about underwater land features, tectonic plates, currents and waves, the hydrologic cycle, the ocean’s effects on climate, and more through this high-interest informational text filled with vibrant photographs. Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, a hands-on “Think Like a Scientist” lab activity and a “Your Turn” page at the end of the e-book support STEM Education and provide young scientists with an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the text. Helpful diagrams and text features, such as a glossary and index, are also included to reinforce content-area literacy and improve close reading.