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.
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?
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.
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.
This appealing biography will have children engaged and inspired as they learn about Gregor Mendel and his discovery of how genetics works. The supportive text, accessible glossary, and helpful index work in conjunction with the intriguing facts and alluring images to provide readers with an interesting look at such topics as DNA, genetics, alleles, dominant and recessive genes, Mendel's Law of Heredity, and more! A stimulating lab activity is featured to further excite readers about the fascinating world of genetics!
George Washington Carver was a skilled botanist who became famous for his work with peanuts and other plants. Readers will discover the captivating life of this incredible scientist in this engaging scientific biography. Using colorful photos and graphs, children will learn why Carver was known as "The Plant Doctor" as a child and how his work with peanuts, sweet potatoes, and pecans helped change the way people used plants! The helpful glossary and index aid in better understanding of the content, while a simple, interesting experiment leaves children engaged and excited to learn more!
Explore the various types of ecosystems and biomes in this fascinating title that uses bright images, engaging charts and graphs, intriguing facts, and easy-to-read text to captivate readers from beginning to end! Readers will be enthralled as they learn about such ecosystems and biomes as the tundra, grassland, desert, temperate forests, rainforests, and even riparian and pelagic biomes. A glossary and index are included to aid in readers' further understanding of the content while an engaging and exciting experiment is featured to keep children delighted and interested!
Ecologists want to know how things fit together in the natural world. This enlightening book will give readers a chance to learn about some of the ecologists who have made big impacts on the world of science and ecology. The captivating facts, helpful sidebars, colorful images and charts, and easy-to-read text work together to create an engaging reading experience as children learn about such ecologists as John Woodward, Aldo Leopold, Ruth Patrick, Eugene Odum, Jane Lubchenco, Neo Martinez, and Marie Lynn Miranda. Featuring a simple, hands-on lab activity, this book will have readers captivated and eager to learn more!
Animals come in all shapes and sizes! The lively images, compelling facts, and captivating sidebars work in conjunction with the supportive text and a glossary and index to give readers plenty of information on taxonomy. Readers will discover the various kingdoms and classes of the animal world including echinoderms, arthropods, chordates, amphibians, birds, and mammals. To aid in engaging readers in further scientific topics and themes, an alluring hands-on lab activity is included!
Jane Goodall is the world's leading authority on chimpanzees. This inspiring biography will have readers engaged and delighted as they learn about Goodall's life as a primatologist amongst the chimps and how her incredible research changed the way scientists view these amazing animals. Through vibrant photos, captivating facts, and easy-to-read text, readers will discover such topics as ethology, extinction, field research, DNA, and genes, as well as the various types of apes--from orangutans to gorillas. A captivating hands-on lab activity is featured to encourage readers to explore other aspects of science!
Readers will learn about the way our body works to keep us moving and healthy in this stimulating book that features a variety of colorful, vivid images, easy-to-read text, a helpful glossary and index, and fascinating facts. This book will have readers captivated as they learn about the various systems in our bodies, including the digestive system, skeletal system, circulatory system, muscular system, endocrine system, and immune system. An engaging lab activity is featured to aid in further understanding of how our bodies help us in everyday activities!
Hippocrates is often referred to as The Father of Medicine. This captivating biography highlights the life and accomplishments of Hippocrates and how he had a major impact on the world of medicine. Along with learning about his belief in the four humors, his discovery of pneumonia, and the Hippocratic Oath, readers will also learn about some other inspirational scientists who made leaps in the medical field. Featuring colorful images and easy-to-read text working in conjunction with intriguing facts and a stimulating lab activity, this book will have children eager to learn more!
Readers will discover the way genetics makes people, animals, and plants look the way they do in this intriguing and stimulating book! DNA, recessive and dominant traits, chromosomes, alleles, and the steps of mitosis are just some of the captivating topics that are discussed. Featuring numerous vivid, colorful images, fascinating facts, supportive text, and an accessible glossary and index, readers will be delighted from beginning to end. A helpful and interesting lab activity encourages readers to explore genetics even further!
Readers will get to explore the inside of a cell in this fascinating book! Using a variety of vivid images, charts and photos, easy-to-read text, intriguing facts, and sidebars, readers will learn about the various parts of animal and plant cells, including the cell membranes, cytoplasm, nucleus, chromosomes, chloroplasts, endoplasmic reticulum, vacuoles, and lysosomes. To aid in further understanding of the content and vocabulary, a glossary and index are provided, as well as an engaging, hands-on lab activity!