This title introduces young readers to diamonds, the hardest natural substance on Earth! Learn how diamonds are formed and where they are found. Historical and modern mining methods are detailed, and topics such as conflict diamonds are covered. The many uses of diamonds are examined, from industrial applications in products such as diamond saws and dentists' drills to engagement rings and birthstone jewelry. See how artisans such as diamond cutters and lapidaries use diamonds to create beautiful and useful jewelry by paying special attention to the four C's, carat, cut, clarity, and color. Finally, a list of tools and tips will set young rock hounds up to unearth their own treasures. Glossary words in bold, an index, and phonetic spellings for those hard-to-pronounce geologic terms enhance and supplement the text. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
Danny enjoys spending time outside with nature, his friends and his family. In the title from our newest nonfiction series In My Yard, Danny explores his yard, discovering other animals who call it their home too.
Danny sees a little raccoon in his yard. Danny is curious and follows the little raccoon to see where he goes.
A robin in Danny’s yard makes a nest, lays eggs, and begins a family. Read along to learn about robins.
Danny and Bee visit a honeybee yard with wooden honeybee houses.
Danny and Norman are sitting on the deck when something happens to Norman’s loose tooth.
Learn about elephant characteristics, as well as, the difference between African and Asian Elephants.
Find out more about the physical adaptations that make the tallest animal at the zoo unique.
Danny and Bee take a walk through the summertime woods. The big green summertime leaves provide cool shade for the busy insects they find in and around the woods.
Danny and Bee take a walk through the winter woods. Everywhere they look, the bare trees and blanket of white snow show signs of the animals and plants waiting for warmer weather.
Danny learns what it means for something to be alive or not alive. Watch as he goes through his house and around his yard determining which things are alive and which things are not.
Through observation, Danny learns what it takes to successfully germinate seeds and grow a bean plant.
In the wild, penguins live only in the southern hemisphere. Read more about penguins.
Rhino means nose in Greek. Read more about rhinoceroses.
Danny and Bee take a walk through the autumn woods. Everywhere they look they see the forest plants and animals getting ready for winter.
A woods is an area of land, smaller than a forest, that is covered with growing trees. Many plants and animals call the woods their home. Meet some of the animals who live in the woods.
When confronted by other predators, cheetahs opt for flight over fight. You would, too, if you could run up to 70 miles per hour. Cheetahs make a chase look easy, but hunting can be hard work. Find out how these speed demons of the savannah execute attacks and teach their young how to do the same. Blastoff! Series
Access to digital tools has made it easier than ever for individuals to be creative with media. This important book gives advice on choosing the appropriate platforms and tools to achieve your creative goal, how to use feedback to improve and grow as a digital creator, and how to make sure you get credit for your work, as well as give credit to others where it is due. Inspiring examples show creative young people contributing to the digital world in a positive way, not just taking from it.
This forward-looking book explores a unique field of entrepreneurship, in which innovative individuals directly address, or work toward addressing, environmental challenges in our world. Offering an important look at the ways entrepreneurship can tackle global issues, this title engages readers through real-world examples, discussion prompts, and critical thinking questions. The title encourages readers to recognize and take on the skills and mindset needed to achieve success as an environmental entrepreneur.
This engaging title helps readers build essential research and information sourcing skills for self-directed learning. Accessible text and authentic examples model effective research strategies and support readers as they learn to critically evaluate sources for accuracy and credibility, organize and connect ideas, and credit and curate sources using a variety of digital tools.
My Bed and Other Furniture explores the problems faced by people around the world who produce and assemble furniture, and environmental problems, such as deforestation, associated with the harvesting of materials used in furniture-making. Case studies show how fair trade projects are helping people achieve better working conditions and a fair price for their products, and how using renewable materials is helping to save the world's precious resources.
We are witnessing incredible breakthroughs in health science, from electronic eye implants and thought-controlled artificial limbs to nanobots—tiny robots that can deliver medication inside the body. Bionic Bodies introduces young readers to the mind-blowing technological innovations that are —or soon will be—improving and advancing the capabilities of the human body, as well as saving people’s lives. Features include dynamic photographs and a timeline depicting the amazing achievements in the field of bionics.
From drones capturing unique angles of plays for enhanced analysis to swimsuit material helping swimmers go faster, technological innovations are transforming the way sports are played as well as watched. Supercharged Sports examines these exciting advances in technology and also explores what’s coming next in the world of sport science, such as health-monitoring systems sewn into the fabric of uniforms and even more immersive virtual reality experiences.
Tech to Protect explores many of the incredible technological innovations that are occurring in the defense industry, including weaponry and military hardware, as well as surveillance and cybersecurity programs. Robots and drones are replacing humans in combat situations and police officers and soldiers are being equipped with “superhuman” abilities through x-ray vision and exoskeletons. Young readers will also learn about the controversies some of these innovations are creating, including concerns over privacy.
This title shows readers how to build cars they can really power and race, such as a balloon car, a solar car, and many more. Easy-to-follow instructions, handy templates, dynamic photographs, and easily accessible materials make these projects challenging, fun, and highly rewarding!