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.
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.
The field of life science involves the study of living organisms, their organization, life processes, and the characteristics of all living things, such as plants, animals, and human beings. The reproducible activity pages supplement life science textbooks with stand-alone or coordinate one-page lessons. Sample activities include: Angiosperms and Gymnosperms, Animal Cell, Bacteria, Cell Functions, Comparing Fish/Amphibians/ Reptiles, Comparing Vertebrate Hearts, Ferns, and More!
A look at a common food chain in a South American rainforest, introducing the cacao tree that starts the chain, the jaguar that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
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 Pacific Ocean, introducing the plankton that starts the chain, the killer whale that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
A look at a common food chain on a North American prairie, introducing the bluestem grass that starts the chain, the badger that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
A look at a common food chain in a North American desert, introducing the mesquite tree that starts the chain, the coyote that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
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 look at a common food chain in the Arctic tundra, introducing the Arctic willow that starts the chain, the wolf that sits atop the chain, and various animals in between.
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 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.
An exploration of Rocky Mountain National Park, including how its mountainous landscape was formed, its history of preservation, and tourist attractions such as the towering summit of Longs Peak.
An in-depth look at the people and policies behind the government agency known as the EPA, from its founding in 1970 to the controversies and challenges it faces today.
An exploration of Yellowstone National Park, including how volcanoes helped form its landscape, its history of preservation, and tourist attractions such as the geyser called Old Faithful.
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.
You don't have to live in the Great Bear Rainforest to benefit from its existence, but after you read Nowhere Else on Earth you might want to visit this magnificent part of the planet. Environmental activist Caitlyn Vernon guides young readers through a forest of information, sharing her personal stories, her knowledge and her concern for this beautiful place. Full of breathtaking photographs and suggestions for ways to preserve this unique ecosystem, Nowhere Else on Earth is a timely and inspiring reminder that we need to stand up for our wild places before they are gone.
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.