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.
Practice solving equations and inequalities while learning about land animals from all over the world! Readers will learn interesting facts about earth's land animals, discovering how zoologists use variables to solve equations and inequalities and answer questions about these animals. Fun examples allow children to become familiar with functional equations, equivalent equations, inequalities, and algebraic expression. Featuring eye-catching images, exciting practice problems, easy-to-read text, STEM themes, clear mathematical charts and diagrams, and an accessible glossary and index, this title will engage students and simplify advanced mathematical concepts!
Going wild. We don't see it as a good thing. And why would we? For most of our time on earth, humanity has been running from lions and other wilderness dangers. We've worked hard to make our local landscapes as safe and convenient as possible. Sometimes that's meant paving over areas that might burst into weeds. Other times, we've dammed rivers for electricity or irrigation. But now pollution, climate change and disruptions to the water cycle are affecting the world in ways we never anticipated. What if the new key to making our lives safer (and even healthier) is to allow the wilderness back into our cities?
John Muir spoke, wrote, and lived the wilderness, including taking President Theodore Roosevelt on an overnight trip to the Yosemite Valley. This trip led to Roosevelts signing into law a bill that placed Yosemite under federal control as a national park. Because of this and his founding of the Sierra Club, John Muir is credited as one of the key shapers of the modern environmental movement.
In 1974, an inventor named Victor Wouk became a man who could be described as ahead of his time. He had developed a prototype for the hybrid, a car that would become the most credible and commercially successful alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles.
As our world's population grows, so to does our need for energy. Scientists seek the next breakthrough in new technology while constantly finding ways to make current solutions cheaper and more efficient. In this title, discover what methane energy is, its history, how we use it today, and how new technologies can contribute to our energy future. Learn how methane digesters work and how they can help people in the developing world, discover ways biogas might replace natural gas, and explore the potential future uses of methane hydrates. Sidebars, full-color photos, full-spread diagrams, well-placed graphs, charts, and maps, stories highlighting innovations in action, and a glossary enhance this engaging title. Innovative Technologies is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
What was the Black Death? How many people did it kill? And how did it kill them? Find out about plagues we have now. What causes them? What can we do about them? Then read The Lost Village, a story about plagues and people. After a thousand years, who's the winner?
What do spies do? What do you need to be a good spy? Find out about some famous spies and how they sent their messages. Find out about secret codes, and some brilliant spying gadgets, from secret video cameras to night vision goggles.Then read The Secret Agent, a wicked story about a double agent: a spy working for one side but pretending for work for the other. What happens when he changes sides?
Why has coal been such a prominent energy source? How can renewable energies be stored most effectively? Linking science to practical applications and social issues to realistic goals, this new series orients ecologically conscious readers toward the future of Harnessing Energy. With a special section on historical moments involving the energy source, details on key inventors and notable discoveries, and statistics to back up objective reports, each title seeks to present a fully contextualized history of the featured energy form. A must-have for any STEM unit dealing with energy studies. In this title examine the ways in which coal has historically been used as an energy source and how current and future energy demands are changing its technical applications and efficiency levels.
This title examines the remarkable lives of Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jack Dorsey and their work building the groundbreaking social networking companies MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. Readers will learn about Page and Brin's backgrounds and education, as well as their early careers. Also covered is a look at how these social networking companies operate and issues they face, such as responding to negative feedback, facing competition, and developing new tools and applications for users. Color photos, detailed maps, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Technology Pioneers is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
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.
A look at a common food chain in the Rocky Mountains, introducing the ponderosa pine tree that starts the chain, the mountain lion that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
A helpful guide for understanding the mathematical concepts and real-world applications of algebra, including classroom tips, common terms such as coefficients, and exercises to encourage hands-on practice.
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.
A helpful guide for understanding the mathematical concepts and real-world applications of graphs and diagrams, including classroom tips, common terms such as variables, and exercises to encourage hands-on practice.
A narration of the origins, advancements, and future of the applied sciences, including engineering and medicine, and the ways in which scientists utilize the scientific method to explore questions.
A narration of the origins, advancements, and future of the physical sciences, including chemistry and physics, and the ways in which scientists utilize the scientific method to explore questions.
A narration of the origins, advancements, and future of the earth and space sciences, including astronomy and geology, and the ways in which scientists utilize the scientific method to explore questions.
A narration of the origins, advancements, and future of the life sciences, including botany and zoology, and the ways in which scientists utilize the scientific method to explore questions.
A narration of the origins, advancements, and future of the social sciences, including anthropology and psychology, and the ways in which scientists utilize the scientific method to explore questions.
Imaginative creatures present all the colors of the rainbow, identify primary colors, and illustrate how three colors can make countless others in this one-of-a-kind introduction.
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.
Learn how to read and construct statistical graphs and prepare for a concert! This fun story will engage readers as they master bar graphs, circle graphs, line graphs, histograms, and line plots. This engaging title features eye-catching images, exciting practice problems, easy-to-read text, STEM themes, clear mathematical charts and diagrams, and an accessible glossary and index. This title shows how simple, useful, and fun statistical graphing can be! Students will feel encouraged to see how they can use graphs to plan events of their own!
Learn how designers work with two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes, measuring their surface area, volume, diameter, and radius, to create great package designs! Students will learn about familiar package designs while practicing their own measurement and STEM skills. With familiar images, easy-to-read text, simple practice problems, and clear mathematical diagrams, this title will leave readers more confident in their measurement skills while showing them how mathematics affects them and the products that they use every day!
Learn about measures of central tendency while following the lives and work of hurricane hunters! This engaging title teaches readers about the instruments that hurricane hunters use and encourages them to analyze the data that these instruments collect. With these exciting examples, readers will be able to master mathematical statistics, measures of central tendency, mean, median, mode, range, and more! This title features vivid images, exciting practice problems, easy-to-read text, STEM themes, clear mathematical charts, and an accessible glossary and index.