Mysterious events occur all over the world. It rains fish every year in Honduras, rocks in Pennsylvania make music, and large drawings can be found on the desert floors in Peru! Readers will learn about these strange phenomena and more curiosities like ESP and crop circles in this baffling and fascinating nonfiction reader. Vibrant images and intriguing facts in conjunction with a glossary of terms, informational text, and an index keep readers captivated from cover to cover!
From Stonehenge to the Bermuda Triangle, there are many places on Earth that remain a mystery to scientists! Readers will discover these curious places--and more!--as they move through this fascinating nonfiction title. This mysterious book features detailed images, informational text, and stimulating facts and theories in conjunction with upper-level features, such as chapter format, a glossary of terms, and an index.
Step inside a studio and learn what it takes to be an artist! This nonfiction title engages readers through stimulating facts and vivid images and diagrams in conjunction with a brief background on well-known art movements such as Expressionism, Surrealism, and Impressionism, an interview with a real-life artist, a glossary, informational text, an index, and list of useful sources for learning more about art.
Come find out what professional Crime Scene investigators do to solve a crime in this inspiring nonfiction book! In conjunction with detailed images and fascinating facts, readers learn about forensic science, criminal investigative evidence, and crime scene searches. This book includes an interview with a real-life CSI and a glossary, index, and list of useful sources.
Imagine being lost and stranded in the desert. Would you know what to do to survive? This useful nonfiction title explains the important skills needed to survive in the desert. With helpful diagrams and images, definitions, tips and instructions, informational text, a bibliography, and a list of other helpful websites, readers can be assured that they will learn about the dangers of heat exhaustion, desert plants that could aid in survival, and other helpful tips in order to survive in an emergency.
Do you have what it takes to be an athlete? Readers learn about the hard work and dedication that althetes of all levels go through to be healthy and successful. Along with stunning photos and charts and riveting facts, this title includes an interview with a real-life Olympic athlete and an accessible glossary, index, and list of useful sources.
Moctezuma was the most famous leader of the powerful Aztec empire. The Aztecs were expert warriors. Most of central Mexico was under their rule at one time. Moctezuma was elected as the ruler of the empire. He was a fair leader who believed in strictly following the laws. He ruled for 17 years until the fall of the Aztec empire.
The Mayas, Incas, and Aztecs were three groups of people found living in the ancient Americas. These three groups had similarities, including farming, the worshipping of gods, and skillful, imaginative art. All three civilizations ended when Spanish explorers moved into the Americas.
Mansa Musa was the king of Mali. Located in western Africa, Mali became one of the largest empires during Musa's reign. He helped his empire grow in size and culture by encouraging arts, literature, and architecture. He improved trade with the Arab and opened up other trade routes. During Musa's reign, he made Mali a powerful and wealthy state.
Hammurabi was a king of Babylon, but he wanted to rule the entire area of Mesopotamia. After only five years of being king, Hammurabi reached his goal. During his reign, Hammurabi did many things to improve and influence both the culture and government of Mesopotamia.
Mesopotamia was located in the Middle East. It was made up of empires such as the Babylonian Empire, Assyrian Empire, Persian Empire, and Phoenician Empire. The Mesopotamians made many contributions to the world, including creating the wheel and glass, using irrigation to farm, creating an alphabet, and developing a calendar system. Each empire made contributions and influenced the world as it exists today.
China is the third largest country in the world. China is known for its silk, the Great Wall, and its rich history of dynasties and kings. The Chinese culture has changed greatly over the years, but the Chinese people still celebrate the great changes in their culture and nation.
Africa, the second largest continent on Earth, is home to the largest desert and the longest river in the world. Savannas, which are large areas of grass and trees, cover much of Africa. Trade routes gave rise to ancient kingdoms such as the Kush and Aksum. With these and other great kingdoms in Africa, the continent has a rich history in culture, trade, and tradition.
From the Vikings to Henry Hudson, the great explorers sailed across uncharted waters during the Age of Discovery in search of many things, including adventure and wealth. Their exploration not only changed maps of the world but also paved the way for the settlement of the New World.
The American Indian culture consisted of specific customs and traditions that regulated everything from who would lead the tribes to who would marry within the tribes. They kept precise, detailed accounts of their tribal histories because they foresaw the importance of passing down their histories.
Congress passed the Indian Removal Act in 1830 with the intent of moving five large tribes to Indian Territory. The tribes could either move to the reservations or assimilate. As settlers kept moving west, more and more tribes were encountered, and all ultimately found themselves going to reservations. This new way of life was a vast change for the Indians.
Readers will learn all about the United States' westward expansion in this interesting nonfiction book that uses appealing images, helpful maps, and supportive text to keep children engaged from beginning to end! The captivating facts will have readers excited and eager to learn more about such topics as the Louisiana Purchase, Monroe Doctrine, and the Alamo. A supporting glossary and table of contents are featured to aid in further understanding of the content and vocabulary.
This adventurous biography highlights the expeditions made by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Readers will be able to explore the amazing accomplishments that these two men, Sacagawea, and the rest of the Corps of Discovery made. The incredible journey of these surveyors and mountaineers are explained through vivid images, easy-to-read text, fascinating facts, and a supporting glossary and table of contents. Readers will be sure to be enthralled from beginning to end!
In this nonfiction title, readers will discover the hardships that pioneers faced as they traveled West. Readers will love the exciting and adventurous images and stunning facts about the Oregon Trail, Sutter's Mill, the Donner Party, the Gold Rush, Homestead Act, and even about buffalo herds! A helpful table of contents and glossary aid in readers' understanding of life on the trails and prairies.
The Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain during the 1700s and spread to America in the early 1800s as the colonies formed and grew. Industrialism provided the means for development and expansion in America as life transitioned from rural beginnings to large cities. Industry was a large factor for innovation and employment at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The Middle East is a place of conflict based on the controversial nation of Israel, religious extremism, and the Middle Eastern oil supply. The Middle East produces 65% of the world's oil. Oil has been responsible for many interactions between industrialized countries and the Middle East. Many times, those interactions have led to conflict. Its history and culture provide insight and understanding to world events taking place there.