Explore Atoms and Molecules! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Atoms and Molecules! With 25 Great Projects

If everything is made out of atoms and molecules, why do people look different from dogs? In Explore Atoms and Molecules! With 25 Great Projects, readers ages 7 to 10 investigate atoms and molecules and learn how they connect with each other in different ways to form many different materials.

  • Encourages readers to explore the structure of atoms and molecules and how they interact.
  • Uses an inquiry-based approach that encourages readers to visualize atoms and molecules at a macro level and reach their own conclusions through experimentation.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $14.95
  • Hardcover, $19.95
  • eBook, $9.99

Grade Level 3–4

Ages 7–10

GRL W

Subjects

  • Chemistry
  • STEM - STEAM

Author
 

Illustrator
Matt Aucoin 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • 4-color interior
  • 96 pages

Includes

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

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619304956
  • Hardcover, 9781619304918

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If everything is made out of atoms and molecules, why do people look different from dogs? In Explore Atoms and Molecules! With 25 Great Projects, readers ages 7 to 10 investigate atoms and molecules and learn how they connect with each other in different ways to form many different materials.

  • Encourages readers to explore the structure of atoms and molecules and how they interact.
  • Uses an inquiry-based approach that encourages readers to visualize atoms and molecules at a macro level and reach their own conclusions through experimentation.

Reviews

School Library Connection
“Utilizing inquiry-based methods to approach the conceptualization of atomic and molecular structure and behavior, Slingerland expands readers’ knowledge with spot-on, age-appropriate content. . . Text design, graphs, charts, and illustrations all work together to keep readers engaged without overwhelming them. . .  Cartoonish illustrations and brightly colored page layouts also help to engage younger and reluctant readers by cutting down the intimidation factor. If you are looking for an engaging addition to your collection that can be enjoyed on its own or as a supplement to curriculum, then look no further. This title promises to beef up your STEM collection in an approachable, fun way.
Highly Recommended”

Booklist May 15 spotlight
“Atoms and molecules certainly cannot be seen with the naked eye, but that doesn’t mean that budding scientists cannot learn about their properties in observable and interactive ways. Slingerland utilizes an inquiry-based approach to studying the building blocks of matter, positing questions to readers that serve as the basis of each experiment and encourages young scientists to keep a notebook recording their hypotheses, observations, and conclusions. The complexity of concepts ranges from extremely straightforward (building a model of an atom using bottle tops) to more advanced (creating dot diagrams to represent covalent bonds). Scannable QR codes and keyword search terms are included in the margins and provide instant access to online information and primary sources that compliment each experiment. Tools for information literacy, such as graphs, diagrams, and tables, comprise a bulk of each experiment’s directions and explanation. By conducting these experiments, young readers get a chance to observe even the most microscopic aspects of physical science.”

Learning Magazine
“Investigate the structure of atoms and learn how atoms connect to form many different materials. This book uses an inquiry-based approach that encourages students to visualize atoms and molecules at a macro level and reach their conclusions through experimentation.”

Praise for other titles in the series:

Explore Honey Bees! With 25 Great Projects
School Library Journal
“Featuring well-organized chapters and colorful illustrations, this title sheds light on bee anatomy, social structure, life cycle, products, and more. Readers will gain a greater respect for these insects and an appreciation for their importance to humans. . . Younger students will appreciate the images and accessible directions, while the vocabulary and content are challenging enough for older readers. A solid text that lends itself well to classroom use as well as to individual research.”

Explore Gravity! With 25 Great Projects
National Science Teachers Association
“Are you looking for projects about gravity that are equally interactive as well as instructive? Explore Gravity! is sure to be one of the more popular science books in your class.”

Children’s Literature
“Fun and simple projects, plus detailed overviews of scientific ideas, serve to inspire a sense of curiosity and interest in experimentation while offering guided lessons on a basic physics concept. . . . Explore Gravity! Is a valuable resource for students exploring the physical sciences.”

Explore Night Science! With 25 Great Projects
School Library Journal
“This one will be worth staying up past bedtime for.”

Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects
National Science Teachers Association
“Need something new to spice up your explorations? Twenty-five easy-to-do investigations, easy-to-find materials, and excellent explanations will help any teacher to make the study of matter more exciting for classes filled with eager students. . . . This book is a must-have for any teacher’s personal library!”

 

 


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Projects

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Point A Masterpiece

Does pointillism really work? Create your own pointy artwork to find out.

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Author-Illustrator

Janet Slingerland

Janet Slingerland studied engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Drexel University. She has written many science books for children, including The Secret Lives of Plants!, which was named a Top 40 YA nonfiction book by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. Janet lives in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.


Nomad Press Titles Written by Janet

Matt Aucoin

Matt Aucoin earned his bachelor’s of fine art from Johnson State College and his master’s of fine art from the Center for Cartoon Studies. He teaches drawing to preschool-age children. Matt lives in Southern Vermont with his wife and their dog Owen.



More Details

Grade Level: 3–4
Ages: 7–10
GRL: W
Subjects: Chemistry, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 96 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

School Library Connection
“Utilizing inquiry-based methods to approach the conceptualization of atomic and molecular structure and behavior, Slingerland expands readers’ knowledge with spot-on, age-appropriate content. . . Text design, graphs, charts, and illustrations all work together to keep readers engaged without overwhelming them. . .  Cartoonish illustrations and brightly colored page layouts also help to engage younger and reluctant readers by cutting down the intimidation factor. If you are looking for an engaging addition to your collection that can be enjoyed on its own or as a supplement to curriculum, then look no further. This title promises to beef up your STEM collection in an approachable, fun way.
Highly Recommended”

Booklist May 15 spotlight
“Atoms and molecules certainly cannot be seen with the naked eye, but that doesn’t mean that budding scientists cannot learn about their properties in observable and interactive ways. Slingerland utilizes an inquiry-based approach to studying the building blocks of matter, positing questions to readers that serve as the basis of each experiment and encourages young scientists to keep a notebook recording their hypotheses, observations, and conclusions. The complexity of concepts ranges from extremely straightforward (building a model of an atom using bottle tops) to more advanced (creating dot diagrams to represent covalent bonds). Scannable QR codes and keyword search terms are included in the margins and provide instant access to online information and primary sources that compliment each experiment. Tools for information literacy, such as graphs, diagrams, and tables, comprise a bulk of each experiment’s directions and explanation. By conducting these experiments, young readers get a chance to observe even the most microscopic aspects of physical science.”

Learning Magazine
“Investigate the structure of atoms and learn how atoms connect to form many different materials. This book uses an inquiry-based approach that encourages students to visualize atoms and molecules at a macro level and reach their conclusions through experimentation.”

Praise for other titles in the series:

Explore Honey Bees! With 25 Great Projects
School Library Journal
“Featuring well-organized chapters and colorful illustrations, this title sheds light on bee anatomy, social structure, life cycle, products, and more. Readers will gain a greater respect for these insects and an appreciation for their importance to humans. . . Younger students will appreciate the images and accessible directions, while the vocabulary and content are challenging enough for older readers. A solid text that lends itself well to classroom use as well as to individual research.”

Explore Gravity! With 25 Great Projects
National Science Teachers Association
“Are you looking for projects about gravity that are equally interactive as well as instructive? Explore Gravity! is sure to be one of the more popular science books in your class.”

Children’s Literature
“Fun and simple projects, plus detailed overviews of scientific ideas, serve to inspire a sense of curiosity and interest in experimentation while offering guided lessons on a basic physics concept. . . . Explore Gravity! Is a valuable resource for students exploring the physical sciences.”

Explore Night Science! With 25 Great Projects
School Library Journal
“This one will be worth staying up past bedtime for.”

Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects
National Science Teachers Association
“Need something new to spice up your explorations? Twenty-five easy-to-do investigations, easy-to-find materials, and excellent explanations will help any teacher to make the study of matter more exciting for classes filled with eager students. . . . This book is a must-have for any teacher’s personal library!”

 

 


Projects

project image

Point A Masterpiece

Does pointillism really work? Create your own pointy artwork to find out.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Janet Slingerland

Janet Slingerland studied engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Drexel University. She has written many science books for children, including The Secret Lives of Plants!, which was named a Top 40 YA nonfiction book by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. Janet lives in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Nomad Press Titles Written by Janet

Matt Aucoin

Matt Aucoin earned his bachelor’s of fine art from Johnson State College and his master’s of fine art from the Center for Cartoon Studies. He teaches drawing to preschool-age children. Matt lives in Southern Vermont with his wife and their dog Owen.