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.
As far as dangerous weather goes, tornadoes may be the most fierce and powerful of storms. Readers will learn how and where tornadoes hit, and how people protect themselves from life-threatening winds. While most people run away from tornadoes, storm chasers actually run after these swirling masses! Readers will be highly engaged from cover to cover as they learn the science behind these storms.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about different animals that live in the city, collecting data and making predictions about each of them! This entertaining title teaches readers about many different kinds of animals and encourages analytical habits, engaging children with simple practice problems relating to ecology and mathematics. Predict where students can find ducks, sparrows, rabbits, dragonflies, and more animals! With STEM themes, clear mathematical charts and diagrams, easy-to-read text, an accessible glossary, and vivid images, this book will engage readers and encourage them to collect data and make predictions about animals and many other topics on their own!
Learn how estimation and approximation theory can be helpful when natural disasters strike! This informative title 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 title teaches 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 text, STEM themes, and an accessible glossary, will keep readers engaged and will re-enforce the importance of mathematics.
Explore estimation theory and geophysical predictions by learning about seismologists, volcanologists, and meteorologists! This exciting title 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. Readers can use sample problems to practice estimation with the help of easy-to-read text, clear mathematical charts and diagrams, and an accessible glossary. This title encourages children to improve their problem solving and STEM skills.
This engaging title tells the story of two different ecosystems--the declining fish population in the Claymount Stream and the declining number of birds in the Mainsville Woods. These stories show prime examples of predicting causes, collecting data, and making conclusions and problem-solving solutions. Not only will children practice collecting data and making predictions, but they will also learn about ecology and STEM themes. The interesting stories, vivid images, easy-to-read text, clear mathematical charts and diagrams, and accessible glossary will keep readers engaged and confident that they can learn to analyze data to solve these problems and many others!
Explore the various types of ecosystems and biomes in this fascinating title that uses bright images, engaging charts and graphs, intriguing facts, and easy-to-read text to captivate readers from beginning to end! Readers will be enthralled as they learn about such ecosystems and biomes as the tundra, grassland, desert, temperate forests, rainforests, and even riparian and pelagic biomes. A glossary and index are included to aid in readers' further understanding of the content while an engaging and exciting experiment is featured to keep children delighted and interested!
Ecologists want to know how things fit together in the natural world. This enlightening book will give readers a chance to learn about some of the ecologists who have made big impacts on the world of science and ecology. The captivating facts, helpful sidebars, colorful images and charts, and easy-to-read text work together to create an engaging reading experience as children learn about such ecologists as John Woodward, Aldo Leopold, Ruth Patrick, Eugene Odum, Jane Lubchenco, Neo Martinez, and Marie Lynn Miranda. Featuring a simple, hands-on lab activity, this book will have readers captivated and eager to learn more!
Explore the lives and work of incredible cell biologists in this captivating book! From Gregor Mendel to Rita Levi-Montalcini, Anton van Leeuwenhoek to August Weismann, readers will be amazed at the things these incredible scientists discovered! Single-celled organisms, mitosis, dominant and recessive genes, stem cells, and cloning are just some of the topics that readers will explore as they move through this book that features plenty of vivid, detailed images, stimulating facts, captivating sidebars, and easy-to-read text. An engaging lab activity is featured to further delight and captivate readers.
Plants are living things that use energy to survive! In this fascinating title, readers will learn all about plants and how they adapt to their surroundings in order to survive. Through engaging photos, charts, and graphs, children will learn some of the basic and most important aspects of plant life, including photosynthesis, the water cycle, and the different parts of plants. Readers will be encouraged to explore plant life even further with a simple experiment! To aid in better understanding of the content, a glossary and index are provided.
Electromagnetics are everywhere--inside our homes, in our computers, even our televisions! Readers will explore the history of electromagnetics and how they work through numerous images and supportive text. The fascinating facts and sidebars will have children excited and eager to learn more about things such as alternating and direct currents, electricity, magnetic fields, conductors, amps, volts, and generators. Readers will also learn about scientists like Nikola Tesla and Michael Faraday. Featuring an accessible glossary and index and a stimulating hands-on lab activity, readers will be sure to be excited and captivated from beginning to end!
This enlightening book asks readers to explore the ideas of environmental science by imagining Earth as a spaceship with a limited amount of resources. With a creative outlook, stunning images, easy-to-read text, and an accommodating glossary and index, readers will learn about important topics like global warming, greenhouse gases, deforestation, pollution, biodiversity, and other environmental issues. An intriguing hands-on lab activity will leave children interested and eager to learn more!
Rachel Carson is one of the most influential leaders of the modern environmental movement. This enlightening biography allows readers to discover the inspiring life of Carson and the impact she made on the environment through a variety of colorful images and easy-to-read text. A glossary and index are provided to aid in better understanding of such topics as chemical pesticides, deforestation, preservationism, and ecosystems. Readers will love the stimulating hands-on lab activity and will be eager to learn more!
What is the difference between a rock and a mineral? Readers will learn the answer to that and much more in this fascinating informational text! Igneous rock, sedimentary rock, metamorphic rock, geologists, and gemstones are some of the topics that are introduced through clear, stunning photos, interesting charts and graphs, supportive text, and an accessible glossary and index. An intriguing and captivating hands-on lab activity is featured to encourage readers to learn more about geology!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Each Flash Points: Disaster! eShort is a single chapter from the full Flash Points: Disaster! title, packaged as a mini eBook. Flash Points: Disaster! eShorts include The Triangle Factory Fire, The Hindenburg, Chernobyl, and The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.
Humanity’s impact on the natural world can have disastrous effects. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch shines a light on the giant accumulation of garbage in the Pacific Ocean. With abundant charts and diagrams and large-format photos, this title explores the science behind ocean currents and plastic’s chemical composition to explain the threat trash, especially plastic, poses for the world’s oceans, and considers actions people and governments can take to try to improve the situation. Features include a flow chart showing the disaster’s causes and effects, a glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
Humanity’s impact on the natural world can have disastrous effects. Invasive Species shines a light on the global problem of invasive species. With abundant charts and diagrams and large-format photos, this title explores the science behind how species become invasive and the damages they cause ecosystems around the world, and considers actions people and governments can take to try to improve the situation. Features include a flow chart showing the disaster’s causes and effects, a glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
Humanity’s impact on the natural world can have disastrous effects. Melting Arctic Ice shines a light on how climate change is affecting Earth’s polar region. With abundant charts and diagrams and large-format photos, this title explores the science behind greenhouse gases, polar sea ice, and rising sea levels, and considers actions people and governments can take to try to improve the situation. Features include a flow chart showing the disaster’s causes and effects, a glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.