This book will be a hit with both thrill seekers and with those who prefer to stay safely on the ground. After an introduction to Newton's three laws of motion, readers learn the mechanics of various amusement park rides including roller coasters, Ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds, and gravity rides. They learn how to measure motion, and how kinetic and potential energy apply to their favorite rides.
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.
Images of an erupting volcano can be mesmerizing. Readers may be surprised to learn that volcanoes erupt every day. Some erupt constantly, while others lie dormant for years or even centuries. Through engaging text and brilliant photos, readers learn what happens beneath the Earth to cause a volcanic eruption and the different structures beneath the Earth that cause new land to form.
Floods and blizzards may be very different, but they do have some things in common. In this book, readers will discover they have one vital ingredient in common: water. Readers will learn the powerful forces of water as it pertains to floods and blizzards. They also discover that although these two forces of nature can cause difficulties for people, they are nature's way of cleaning up and re-nourishing the land.
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.
Hurricanes plague the tropics from June through November. Some years bring just a handful of storms. Other years, meteorologists run out of names because there are so many. Readers learn how and where these storms form and the dangers they pose to the land and people who live in Gulf and Atlantic coast regions.
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.
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.
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.
Readers may never expect that they might free fall to Earth, but if they have ever dived into a pool, that's exactly what they've done. This book shows readers how Newton's three laws of motion affect divers, skydivers, and mountain climbers' movements. Readers discover who uses gravity, who works against it, and all other forces that contribute to a successful dive or climb. After reading this book, readers can decide if they will ever be interested in engaging in one of these extreme sports.
Readers will be amazed to discover that every time they climb onto bicycles and ride like the wind, they are defying gravity! This book explains the physics and history behind bicycles, skateboards, and surfboards. Readers learn what happens from the simplest movement of rolling forward to more complex tricks and stunts of jumping and spinning. Readers will never look at bikes, skateboards or surfboards the same way again.
Sports offer opportunities for readers to learn and apply concepts and principles related to force and motion. Readers learn how science plays a critical factor in any athlete's quest to be the best at his or her sport. They read how mass is related to acceleration and velocity. Physics and aerodynamics affect many sports and help athletes strategize their next moves against their opponents. This book covers a variety of interesting sports suitable for the casual to the most fanatic sporting enthusiast.
The need for speed is the motivating factor in this engaging book. Readers learn the history of travel from the very slow to the supersonic and beyond, including everything in between. They learn and discover the factors that influence motion for all types of vehicles: land, air, and water alike. They also learn different ways to measure speed and read about energy uses for different vehicles. With greater speed comes greater risk. Readers learn how engineers are always seeking new and better ways to keep people safe as they travel faster and go farther.
Readers won't have to disassemble their favorite toys to discover what makes them work. This book explores electric, magnetic, and motion-powered toys from design to function. It introduces readers to six simple machines and explains how they use force and motion to do work. Not every toy is a technological marvel. Readers learn about time-honored favorites including the rocking horse, Slinky, and rattles.
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.
Practice measurement while learning about marine ecology and life in the ocean layers! There are so many animals living in the vast oceans of our planet! Not only does this title teach readers how to measure marine life by grams, feet, inches, and other similar units of measurement, but it teaches them how to measure ocean water using Celsius and Fahrenheit. Using familiar and unfamiliar units of measurement in an unfamiliar territory challenges readers to expand their measurement and STEM skills. Exciting images, simple practice problems, easy-to-read text, clear mathematical charts and diagrams, and an accessible glossary all help children advance their mathematical skills.
Practice measurement while learning all about sharks! These exciting creatures will fascinate children as they improve their mathematical and STEM skills, using familiar units of measurement to measure sharks and their ocean environment. With exciting images, simple practice problems, easy-to-read text, clear mathematical charts and diagrams, and an accessible glossary, this title will leave readers more confident in their measurement skills, encouraging them to measure things in their daily lives as well!
Using examples from some of the most popular Olympic sports, this captivating title will have readers excited and eager to learn all they can about telling time and timing accuracy! Vivid photos and a colorful timeline combine with easy-to-read text, STEM topics, and mathematical charts and graphs to give readers an inside look into sports technology while providing opportunities to practice time measurement. With the accessible glossary, index, and step-by-step instructions, readers will have all the tools they need!
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!
Practice multiplication, division, and fractions while learning all about bread! Readers can apply multiplication, division, numbers and operations, and STEM skills throughout this book with the help of practice problems. With an accessible glossary, vibrant images, clear mathematical diagrams, a historic timeline, and easy-to-read text, this book will engage readers and show them how to apply mathematics to their daily lives--even to what they eat!
Find three-dimensional shapes while learning about architecture and historic architects! A good understanding of geometry and three-dimensional shapes is essential for architects building houses because all houses have three-dimensional shapes like pentagons and prisms. Readers can follow the process of building a house from start to finish, mastering geometric concepts through practice problems. These problems, along with clear mathematical diagrams, easy-to-read text, and vibrant images will keep readers engaged and confident in their geometry skills and STEM skills.
Practice data analysis while learning about endangered species! This title allows young readers to improve their understanding of data analysis and graphing methods, teaching them about probability and STEM skills through bar graphs and pictographs. This book includes engaging examples of wild animals who are endangered species, teaching readers about their habitats, their greatest threats, and their predicted populations. Vibrant images, exciting examples, and clear mathematical diagrams and charts engage readers while making them more confident in their data analysis skills.
Learn the basics of measuring time in this engaging title! Review the history of time measurement, seeing many ways people have measured time in the past and continue to today! In the past, people used sundials, water clocks, and sandglasses to measure time. Now, we have very accurate and widely used units of time, like months, days, and years. Learn all about units of measurement, time zones, daylight savings time, and STEM themes! Vibrant images, simple practice problems, and helpful mathematical diagrams simplify time measurement so readers will feel more confident measuring time in their daily lives.