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Computers from Then to Now

Angie Smibert (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490456

Computer technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of computing for elementary students. Back in the 1950s, computers were only for employees of the government and universities. They were way too expensive for the average person. In 1975, the Altair 8800 kit made them affordable. It also inspired a guy named Steve Wozniak to start Apple Computers with his friend Steve Jobs. Then came mice, GUIs, MacIntosh versus PC, and the World Wide Web. In the 2000s, computers got into cell phones and now everyone carries a computer in their pocket. Where will artificial intelligence take computers in the future?

Movies from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490463

The history of movie technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource for elementary students. It took 50 years from the invention of photographs to the magical motion of movies. In the 1890s, Thomas Edison’s company decided to make a camera that could take a bunch of pictures really fast. Next came silent films, talkies, and Technicolor. New technology gave us widescreens, 3-D, IMAX, and, finally, the digital revolution. How will virtual reality change movie-going in the future?

Phones from Then to Now

Angie Smibert (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490470

Telephone technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of landlines and cell phones for elementary students. Once upon a time, no one carried a phone around. Phones plugged into a wall and you could only move as far as the cord let you. And it basically stayed that way for 100 years! When we finally got cordless phones, you still had to stay in your house to call. The first mobile phones weighed 80 pounds and had to be carried around in a car—hence the term car phone. The dawn of the cell phone was the 1980s with the Motorola Dynatec. Phones changed forever. Now we have smart phones in our pockets!

Photography from Then to Now

Rachel Grack (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490487

The technology of taking pictures is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of photography for elementary students. So much science went into that selfie! First, people had to figure out how light even worked. Then, a French guy smeared sticky black stuff on a silver plate and the black stuff hardened in sunlight. And we had our first picture. (It was not a selfie.) People tried new chemicals and lenses and film to take better, faster pictures. Then came the digital revolution. Cameras got into cellphones and now there are SO many selfies. Will 3-D bring our photos right into reality?

Video Games from Then to Now

Angie Smibert (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490494

Video game technology is brought to life with photo-driven design, clear text, and an integrated timeline, making this an excellent resource on the history of video games for elementary students. The saga of video games is rife with epic quests, thievery, and competition. It took Ralph Baer about 15 years to complete his quest to play video games on home TVs, finally selling the first gaming console. Then Atari stole his table tennis game and made Pong and arcade history. Shortly after, Atari would also ignite the console wars with its Atari 2600. From Spacewar! to Mario Bros. to Fortnite, gaming has gone from geek to mainstream, with top Esports winners taking home millions of dollars. With virtual reality, where will gaming go next?

Building the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490432

From design to dedication, this nonfiction early chapter book shows how the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was engineered and built. Featuring over 58,000 Vietnam War soldiers’ names, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial draws millions of people to its reflective black granite wall each year. Elementary readers will learn why this memorial was built, the controversy over Maya Lin’s design, and how it became one of the most visited national monuments in America. A progressive timeline highlights the building sequence, from idea to national landmark.

Building the Statue of Liberty

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490425

From design to dedication, this nonfiction early chapter book shows how the Statue of Liberty was engineered and built. As a symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty once welcomed new immigrants to America. Today, the iron monument attracts millions of people to its island. Elementary readers will learn why France gifted the United States with a statue and how it was built in both countries. A progressive timeline highlights the construction sequence, from idea to national landmark.

Building the Gateway Arch

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490418

From initial design to grand opening, this nonfiction early chapter book shows how the Gateway Arch was engineered and built. As the tallest arch in the world, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis is an engineering feat. Millions each year travel to the viewing deck on top using the unique tram system. Elementary readers will learn why the “gateway to the west” was built and how engineers designed and constructed it. A progressive timeline highlights the construction sequence, from idea to national landmark.

Building One World Trade Center

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490401

From design to grand opening, this nonfiction early chapter book shows how the One World Trade Center was engineered and built. As the tallest skyscraper in North America, One World Trade Center attracts millions of visitors to its observation deck each year. This Freedom Tower stands for hope in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Elementary readers will learn how architects designed the tower and how engineers made it one of the safest buildings ever built. A progressive timeline highlights the construction sequence, from idea to national landmark.

Building the Golden Gate Bridge

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490395

From design to dedication, this nonfiction early chapter book shows how the Golden Gate Bridge was engineered and built. Once the world’s longest suspension bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was an engineering triumph of its time. Elementary readers will learn how engineers designed the bridge and what obstacles construction crews faced. A progressive timeline highlights the building sequence, from idea to national landmark.

Building Mount Rushmore

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490388

From blasting a mountainside to carving four presidents’ heads, this nonfiction early chapter book shows how Mount Rushmore was engineered and built. Tucked away in the South Dakota Black Hills, Mount Rushmore attracts millions of visitors each year. Elementary readers will learn about Gutzom Borglum’s idea and how it was carved from a mountain. A progressive timeline highlights the building sequence, from idea to national landmark.

Building a Highway

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518749

Elementary readers will follow the sequence of the process taken to build a highway from the proposal, planning, and actual construction. A progressive visual timeline builds throughout the book. A table of contents, glossary, books and websites, and an index are included.

Building an Offshore Oil Rig

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518732

Elementary readers will follow the sequence of the process taken to build an offshore oil rig from the proposal, planning, and actual construction of the rig. A progressive visual timeline builds throughout the book. A table of contents, glossary, books and websites, and an index are included.

Building a Subway

Annie C. Holdren (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518725

Elementary readers will follow the sequence of the process taken to build an extension of a subway system, from the proposal, planning, tunnel digging, and construction of the train and tracks. A progressive visual timeline builds throughout the book. A table of contents, glossary, books and websites, and an index are included.

Building an Airport

Karen Latchana Kenney (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681518718

Elementary readers will follow the sequence of the process taken for building an airport, from the proposal, planning, and actual construction. A table of contents, glossary, books and websites, and an index are included.

Unboxing and Reviewing Online

Adrienne Matteson (author) Rachael McLean (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534172265

Using the AASL Standards Framework for Learners, the Create and Share: Thinking Digitally series provides younger readers with the necessary tools to successfully and safely navigate the digital world. In Unboxing and Reviewing Online, readers learn about the importance of online reviews and how to create their own unboxing video. Activities throughout the book prompt students to think more deeply, be creative, share information and resources, and grow their knowledge. Book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, and educational matter.

Emperor Penguin Migration

Susan H. Gray (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534172104

Follow the emperor penguin's journey across Antarctica in the Marvelous Migrations series. Focused on 21st century content, engaging inquiry-based sidebars encourage young readers to think, create, guess, and ask questions. Book includes table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, and sidebars.

Creating Slide Shows

Ann Truesdell (author) Rachael McLean (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534172227

Using the AASL Standards Framework for Learners, the Create and Share: Thinking Digitally series provides younger readers with the necessary tools to successfully and safely navigate the digital world. In Creating Slide Shows, readers learn how to create engaging and informative slide shows. Activities throughout the book prompt students to think more deeply, be creative, share information and resources, and grow their knowledge. Book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, and educational matter.

Collaborating with Shared Docs

Ann Truesdell (author) Rachael McLean (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534172210

Using the AASL Standards Framework for Learners, the Create and Share: Thinking Digitally series provides younger readers with the necessary tools to successfully and safely navigate the digital world. In Collaborating with Shared Docs, readers learn how to collaborate and work with others using file sharing apps and services. Activities throughout the book prompt students to think more deeply, be creative, share information and resources, and grow their knowledge. Book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, and educational matter.

Coding and Scripting in Roblox Studio

Josh Gregory (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534173200

Roblox is more than just a video game. It is a platform where millions of players create and share games with each other. With more than 40 million games available now and thousands more being added every day, it offers players a never ending source of fun and adventure. In this book, readers will learn how computer programming skills can be employed in Roblox Studio, the powerful tool that is used to create Roblox games. Includes table of contents, author biography, sidebars, glossary, index, and informative backmatter.

Building a Blog

Kristin Fontichiaro (author) Rachael McLean (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534172234

Using the AASL Standards Framework for Learners, the Create and Share: Thinking Digitally series provides younger readers with the necessary tools to successfully and safely navigate the digital world. In Building a Blog, readers learn how to start their own blog. Activities throughout the book prompt students to think more deeply, be creative, share information and resources, and grow their knowledge. Book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, and educational matter.

Arctic Tern Migration

Susan H. Gray (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534172098

Follow the Arctic tern's journey across the world in the Marvelous Migrations series. Focused on 21st century content, engaging inquiry-based sidebars encourage young readers to think, create, guess, and ask questions. Book includes table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, and sidebars.

Dinosaur Weapons

Alan Walker (author)

Publisher: Blue Door Education ISBN: 9781950825998

Love dinosaurs? Check out the weapons on these giant, old creatures. We learn about them by looking at and studying fossils left behind from millions of years ago.

Veo la luz

Francis Spencer (author)

Publisher: Blue Door Education ISBN: 9781950825509

In Spanish - seeing is one of our 5 senses and we need light to see. This book explains in simple terms how light shines on objects allowing our eyes to see and send messages to our brain about the world around us.

Puedo modificar la materia

Francis Spencer (author)

Publisher: Blue Door Education ISBN: 9781949354782

In Spanish - explore our world by touching, tasting, and changing the matter that surrounds us.