Some commodities command massive economic, social, and political influence. This title examines the business around corn, the most ubiquitous crop in the United States. It explores corn’s many uses, complex supply chain, and attendant environmental debates. Features include essential facts, a glossary, selected bibliography, 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.
A look at the causes and global effects of the 1969 moon landing, which led to further space exploration and eventually encouraged international cooperation rather than competition.
An account of espionage during the modern age, including famous spies such as Dayna Williamson Baer, covert missions, and technologies that influence the course of present-day conflicts.
An in-depth look at the people and policies behind the government agency known as the NTSB, from its founding in 1967 to the controversies and challenges it faces today.
Excite students as they learn more about the nineteenth century inventions that accelerated growth and change in the United States in the 1800s. With the 19th Century Innovations: Paving the Way e-Book, students will explore the innovations introduced during the century of change, including canal and lock systems in the nation's waterways, steamboats, telegraphs, locomotives, and other advances that increased commerce and communication. Breathe life into the pages of history with primary source documents that offer significant clues on what life might have been like during the 19th century. Authentic artifacts, including maps, government documents, and other primary sources offer an intimate glimpse of life during this era. Students will build content knowledge across geography, history, and other social studies strands, with content that can be leveled for a variety of learning styles, as well as below-level, above-level, and English language learners. This reader contains text features, including captions, bold print, glossary, and index to increase comprehension and academic vocabulary. A "Your Turn!" activity continues to challenge students as they extend their learning. Aligned to McREL, WIDA/TESOL, NCSS/C3 Framework, and other state standards, this text readies students for college and career readiness.
George Washington Carver was a skilled botanist who became famous for his work with peanuts and other plants. Readers will discover the captivating life of this incredible scientist in this engaging scientific biography. Using colorful photos and graphs, children will learn why Carver was known as "The Plant Doctor" as a child and how his work with peanuts, sweet potatoes, and pecans helped change the way people used plants! The helpful glossary and index aid in better understanding of the content, while a simple, interesting experiment leaves children engaged and excited to learn more!
Many scientists have dedicated their lives to finding out how cells work. In this appealing book, readers will learn about scientists whose research on cells has made a big impact on the world of science. Robert Hooke, Joan Wright Goodman, Mathias Schleiden, Hans Krebs, Gerty and Carl Cori, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Stanley Cohen, and Elaine Fuchs are some of the inspiring scientists that are featured, as well as such topics as cell theory and DNA. The vibrant photos, fascinating facts, and engaging sidebars work in conjunction with the easy-to-read text, accessible glossary and index, and captivating hands-on lab activity to provide readers with an inviting reading experience that will leave them 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.
Flip through the pages of this book and explore microorganisms! With a brief history of how microorganisms were discovered, vibrant, clear images and charts, and easy-to-read text, readers will be excited to learn about things like bacteria, archaea, protista kingdoms, and fungi. To assist in creating an exciting and engaging reading experience, a simple and captivating experiment is included!
Pasteurization is used on many foods and drinks, including milk and yogurt! This engaging biography introduces readers to the scientist who first began pasteurization--Louis Pasteur. Featuring vibrant images, easy-to-read text, and intriguing facts, readers will discover the incredible accomplishments of Pasteur and how he dedicated his life to studying various molds, bacteria, and yeast to change science forever. Readers will be encouraged to discover even more through a simple and captivating experiment.
Learn about how mechanical engineering is used all around us. Through informational text and interesting and intriguing facts in conjunction with vivid images, diagrams, and charts, readers will discover things such as velocity, acceleration, rotation, dimensions, measurements used, and Newton's Laws. Readers will be encouraged to explore physics even further with an engaging hands-on lab activity!
Antoine Lavoisier is often known as the "Founder of Modern Chemistry". In this captivating biography, readers will discover how Lavoisier's studying and work led to his discovery of the Conservation of Mass, naming 33 of the elements, being the first person to discover the existence of oxygen, and creating a way of naming compounds! The intriguing facts and stunning images work together with the easy-to-read text and engaging hands-on lab activity to keep readers interested and eager to learn!
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!
Come explore the wonders of space in this intriguing title that uses numerous vivid images, fascinating facts, and easy-to-read text to both delight and engage readers! From satellites to space food, observatories to Sputnik, readers will learn all about space and the various ways people have explored and learned about astronomy for years! A creative hands-on lab activity is featured to encourage children to explore astronomy even further!
Telescopes and high-tech equipment help astronomers explore deep space. This captivating title introduces readers to some of the most notable scientists who helped develop technology that allows for space exploration, such as Galileo Galilei, Edwin Hubble, Annie Cannon, George Ellery Hale, Lyman Spitzer, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell. The vibrant, stunning images and easy-to-read text will have readers engaged and eager to learn more about such topics as interstellar matter, pulsars, neutron stars, white dwarfs, and astrophysics! Readers are encouraged to explore astronomy even further with the featured lab activity!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
The Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain during the 1700s and spread to America in the early 1800s as the colonies formed and grew. Readers will learn about this important time in U.S. history in this enlightening nonfiction title. Through fascinating facts and engaging sidebars, children will learn how 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 20th Century through such creations as assembly lines, patents, and labor unions. Detailed images and easy-to-read text show readers the ups and downs of this time period, including child labor laws, labor unions, muckrackers, and immigrant and slave labor. The colorful scrapbook layout, helpful table of contents, and accommodating glossary combine to create a reading experience that is easy for readers to navigate through.
Imperialism brought the world together and tore it apart. This title explains how the Industrial Revolution made an impact on Imperialism and how the Imperial powers warred with each other and the countries they conquered. Using vivid images, fascinating facts, and easy to read text, readers will learn about some of the most important people and occurrences that helped shape the Age of Imperialism, including The Boxer Rebellion, The Boer Wars, Imperialism in China, and the Japanese Empire. A glossary and index are provided for assistance in better understanding the content.
Hidden Human Computers discusses how in the 1950s, black women made critical contributions to NASA by performing calculations that made it possible for the nation’s astronauts to fly into space and return safely to Earth. 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.