From weather and day length, to plants and animals, in this title, readers will investigate how the world around them changes as the seasons change. With activities such as recording temperatures and going on seasonal scavenger hunts, students will be challenged to observe and analyze the changing of the seasons.
What is a coral reef actually made of? What microscopic creatures take shelter in the coral and become its food? Which coral reef resident has stinging tentacles? And which huge creature visits the reef to have its dead skin and parasites nibbled away by a fishy clean-up crew? Packed with facts, core-curriculum information, and fantastic photographs that support the text, this title takes readers on a mini safari around a coral reef. Like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle, readers will discover how the living things that make this habitat their home depend on each other and their environment for survival.
Each Origins: Whodunnit: Law Enforcement eShort is a single chapter from the full Law Enforcement title, packaged as a mini eBook. Law Enforcement eShorts include Beat Cops, The Texas Rangers, The Secret Service, and Federal Marshals.
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 cool idea with a big splash. You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for rockets, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy. A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson’s life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.
Did you know Band-Aids were invented by accident?! And that they weren't mass-produced until the Boy Scouts gave their seal of approval? 1920s cotton buyer Earle Dickson worked for Johnson & Johnson and had a klutzy wife who often cut herself. The son of a doctor, Earle set out to create an easier way for her to bandage her injuries. Band-Aids were born, but Earle's bosses at the pharmaceutical giant weren't convinced, and it wasn't until the Boy Scouts of America tested Earle's prototype that this ubiquitous household staple was made available to the public. Soon Band-Aids were selling like hotcakes, and the rest is boo-boo history.
Both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford started off as insatiably curious tinkerers. That curiosity led them to become inventors—with very different results. As Edison invented hit after commercial hit, gaining fame and fortune, Henry struggled to make a single invention (an affordable car) work. Witnessing Thomas's glorious career from afar, a frustrated Henry wondered about the secret to his success. This little-known story is a fresh, kid-friendly way to show how Thomas Edison and Henry Ford grew up to be the most famous inventors in the world—and best friends, too.
In The Internet, readers will learn about the science and technology behind the development of the Internet. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage readers as they learn more about the challenges overcome to create the Internet and how this super science feat continues to advance technology and communication.
In The Moon Landing, readers will learn about the science and technology behind the first trip to the moon. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage readers as they learn about the challenges the astronauts faced and the triumph of the landing.
Explores the Cuban Missile Crisis and how that event has sculpted societies, the sciences, and politics.
Learn more about graphs while protecting the environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling! Young readers can practice their graphing and STEM skills by making bar graphs and pictographs of recyclable objects. Not only will children feel more confident in their graphing skills, but they will also be more environmentally conscious! Clear images, example graphs, and mathematical diagrams and charts make graphing seem simple and fun!
A brief exploration of what cave explorers do on the job, including the equipment they use and the training they need, plus real-life instances of exploring caves such as Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave.
A brief exploration of what scuba divers do on the job, including the equipment they use and the training they need, plus real-life instances of scuba diving to discover ancient, underwater cities.
A brief exploration of what deep-sea fishers do on the job, including the equipment they use and the training they need, plus real-life instances of record-breaking fishing off the coast of New Zealand.
A brief exploration of what animal wranglers do on the job, including the equipment they use and the training they need, plus real-life instances of animal wrangling on movie sets such as the Harry Potter series.
An elementary exploration of canyons, focusing on the geological evidence that helps explain how and where they form and spotlighting famous examples, such as Arizona’s Grand Canyon.
A basic exploration of the parts, variations, and worksites of dump trucks, the hauling and dumping machines. Also included is a pictorial diagram of variations of dump trucks.
A kindergarten-level introduction to grasslands, covering their climate, plant and animal life, and such defining features as their varied grasses.
A kindergarten-level introduction to wetlands, covering their climate, plant and animal life, and defining features.
A kindergarten-level introduction to tow trucks, covering their purpose, where they are found, their drivers, and such defining features as their booms and winches.
An elementary exploration of monster birds, focusing on fossil evidence that helps explain how their wide wings and long feathers helped these beasts adapt to the last Ice Age.
An elementary exploration of dire wolves, focusing on fossil evidence that helps explain how their shaggy hair, strong jaws, and sharp teeth helped these beasts adapt to the last Ice Age.
An elementary exploration of saber-toothed cats, focusing on fossil evidence that helps explain how their sharp, curved teeth and short legs helped these beasts adapt to the last Ice Age.
A kindergarten-level introduction to mountains, covering their climate, plant and animal life, and such defining features as their rocky peaks.
An elementary introduction to the physics involved in the sport of volleyball, including scientific concepts such as gravity and acceleration, and actions such as bumping and spiking.