Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects

Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects

To a child, a city is a chaotic, vibrant community whose workings can seem quite mysterious. How did people create subways? How does the water get to the very top of a skyscraper? Is there any organization to a bustling metropolis? Cities: Discover How They Work will give kids a view into the inner functioning of these urban areas. They’ll learn about all the parts that come together to make cities work and how they’ve grown and changed since the very first riverside settlements.

Fascinating sidebars, unique illustrations, Words to Know, and fun Did You Know facts combine with age-appropriate hands-on activities to make learning about complex urban environments fun and reinforce learning. Projects include creating subway cut-aways to understand how transportation systems work, building an aqueduct to learn how cities get water, and experimenting with skyscraper design and water filtration. This STEAM title, which integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and math includes a glossary, list of resources, and index.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $16.95
  • Hardcover, $21.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL T

Subjects

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Environmental Science
  • STEM - STEAM

Author
 

Illustrator
Tom Casteel 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • black and white interior
  • 128 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619302174
  • Hardcover, 9781619302136

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To a child, a city is a chaotic, vibrant community whose workings can seem quite mysterious. How did people create subways? How does the water get to the very top of a skyscraper? Is there any organization to a bustling metropolis? Cities: Discover How They Work will give kids a view into the inner functioning of these urban areas. They’ll learn about all the parts that come together to make cities work and how they’ve grown and changed since the very first riverside settlements.

Fascinating sidebars, unique illustrations, Words to Know, and fun Did You Know facts combine with age-appropriate hands-on activities to make learning about complex urban environments fun and reinforce learning. Projects include creating subway cut-aways to understand how transportation systems work, building an aqueduct to learn how cities get water, and experimenting with skyscraper design and water filtration. This STEAM title, which integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and math includes a glossary, list of resources, and index.


Reviews

Children’s Literature Review
“. . . Twenty-five kid-friendly projects, spread out over ten chapters, offer intriguing hands-on activities that illustrate the development of cities and their infrastructure, and outline the issues and problems facing modern city planners and managers. . .  a good addition to an upper elementary or middle school curriculum on the history of urban development, urban sociology, current issues in city planning or management and city planning for the future.”

Winner of a 2014 Silver Moonbeam Award

School Library Journal
“ According to the 2010 Census. 80% of Americans line in urban areas. But do they know what it takes to make a city run? From this well-organized and engaging text, readers will learn how cities developed and grew. . . this is a worthy title for any library collection.”

Booklist
“Propounding the emerging interdisciplinary paradigm of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics), this hands-on informational book discusses how cities’ complex structures and systems function together. Through appealing illustrations, reader-friendly text, and fun hands-on experiments suitable for home and classroom, Reilly helps foster an appreciation for the way that cities function almost as organisms with vibrant systems and interdependent structures.”

Bookloons
“. . . Both teachers and homeschooling parents will find this a very useful book which integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a very practical and interesting manner in the study of cities.”

Ithaca Child
“. . . If you’re looking for something different to do this summer, use the activities in this book to explore any city you visit.”

Kenton D. Wesby, Art Teacher & SECME Master Teacher, DuPont Hadley Middle School, Old Hickory, Tennessee
“I am thrilled to add another book to my professional library that addresses the educational standards in a practical and relevant manner.”

Susan Anderson, director, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland, Oregon
“This book does a wonderful job helping children understand how cities work, why they were created in the first place, and how cities might evolve in the future.”

Pam Evans, 6th Grade Teacher, Jefferson Elementary School, Charleston, Illinois
“An excellent resource to teach about ancient history!”

Alessandra Gorini, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Y4PT
(Youth for Public Transport), International Association of Public Transport, Brussels, Belgium
“Presents a vision of spaces to young people that cities are the expression of humanity, not just an agglomeration of concrete.”


Look Inside

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Projects

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What's in a Name? City Naming Project

If you’ve ever wanted to live in Sarahville or Adamsburg, here’s your chance to name your own city!

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

Kathleen M. Reilly

Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.


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Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: T
Subjects: Engineering & Technology, Environmental Science, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Children’s Literature Review
“. . . Twenty-five kid-friendly projects, spread out over ten chapters, offer intriguing hands-on activities that illustrate the development of cities and their infrastructure, and outline the issues and problems facing modern city planners and managers. . .  a good addition to an upper elementary or middle school curriculum on the history of urban development, urban sociology, current issues in city planning or management and city planning for the future.”

Winner of a 2014 Silver Moonbeam Award

School Library Journal
“ According to the 2010 Census. 80% of Americans line in urban areas. But do they know what it takes to make a city run? From this well-organized and engaging text, readers will learn how cities developed and grew. . . this is a worthy title for any library collection.”

Booklist
“Propounding the emerging interdisciplinary paradigm of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics), this hands-on informational book discusses how cities’ complex structures and systems function together. Through appealing illustrations, reader-friendly text, and fun hands-on experiments suitable for home and classroom, Reilly helps foster an appreciation for the way that cities function almost as organisms with vibrant systems and interdependent structures.”

Bookloons
“. . . Both teachers and homeschooling parents will find this a very useful book which integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a very practical and interesting manner in the study of cities.”

Ithaca Child
“. . . If you’re looking for something different to do this summer, use the activities in this book to explore any city you visit.”

Kenton D. Wesby, Art Teacher & SECME Master Teacher, DuPont Hadley Middle School, Old Hickory, Tennessee
“I am thrilled to add another book to my professional library that addresses the educational standards in a practical and relevant manner.”

Susan Anderson, director, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland, Oregon
“This book does a wonderful job helping children understand how cities work, why they were created in the first place, and how cities might evolve in the future.”

Pam Evans, 6th Grade Teacher, Jefferson Elementary School, Charleston, Illinois
“An excellent resource to teach about ancient history!”

Alessandra Gorini, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Y4PT
(Youth for Public Transport), International Association of Public Transport, Brussels, Belgium
“Presents a vision of spaces to young people that cities are the expression of humanity, not just an agglomeration of concrete.”


Projects

project image

What's in a Name? City Naming Project

If you’ve ever wanted to live in Sarahville or Adamsburg, here’s your chance to name your own city!


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Kathleen M. Reilly

Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.

author image

Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.