Explore Bridges! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Bridges! With 25 Great Projects

Getting from one place to another sounds easy if you are on a straight piece of land, but what if you have to get over—or under—a body of water or a deep gorge? Build a Bridge! Explore Bridges! With 25 Great Projects introduces readers ages 7 to 10 to the concepts and vocabulary of bridge construction through the lenses of history, science, engineering, math, and technology.

  • This nonfiction title for ages 7 through 10 introduces the engineering, geometry, and physics of bridges, including how they are designed, planned, and built.
  • Uses an inquiry-based approach to encourage readers to ask questions, define problems, carry out investigations, and reach their own conclusions about bridges and current construction ideas.

Price (suggested retail)

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

Grade Level 3–4

Ages 7–10

Subjects

  • Engineering & Technology

Author
 

Illustrator
Bryan Stone 

Specs

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

Includes

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

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619305915
  • Hardcover, 9781619305878

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Getting from one place to another sounds easy if you are on a straight piece of land, but what if you have to get over—or under—a body of water or a deep gorge? Build a Bridge! Explore Bridges! With 25 Great Projects introduces readers ages 7 to 10 to the concepts and vocabulary of bridge construction through the lenses of history, science, engineering, math, and technology.

  • This nonfiction title for ages 7 through 10 introduces the engineering, geometry, and physics of bridges, including how they are designed, planned, and built.
  • Uses an inquiry-based approach to encourage readers to ask questions, define problems, carry out investigations, and reach their own conclusions about bridges and current construction ideas.

Reviews

Praise for Explore Forces and Motion! With 25 Great Projects by Jennifer Swanson:

School Library Connection
Looking for ways to introduce, reinforce, and build on abstract physics concepts for young children? The author manages to make physics concepts simple in a light, accessible tone that will keep readers engaged. This very colorful text includes a timeline (not often seen in a book on physics), glossary, resources, essential questions, QR codes, primary source icons, and more. The real strength is the suggested projects that are simple to conduct yet essential in understanding concepts such as force, buoyancy, and magnetism. This would make an excellent addition to a classroom textbook to reinforce and demonstrate concepts. Librarians will love the focus on primary sources and scientific process.”

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media
Recommended — Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
This series, each book subtitled “With 25 Great Projects” is one that merits a place in every library serving children. Each book begins with a timeline, and a solid introduction. “Words to know” are defined throughout the book, and QR codes lead to interesting videos. (If the QR codes don’t work the book provides keyword prompts to lead young researchers to the right information.) Science practices are defined, and interesting projects follow that teach important principles. An extensive index, bibliography, and glossary follow. This book focuses on physics, introducing Newton, Einstein, Galileo and more. The basic forces around us are defined, explained, and explored through hands-on projects. Much of the information is on an advanced level, but explained so younger students can understand it. There’s interesting information to be found here, and the projects are unique and STEM oriented. Buy the whole series.”

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA Recommends)
“Physics is fun with this colorful and informative book for students ages 7–10. Using the theme of motion, the book encourages readers to push, pull, spin, twist, and turn their way to learning basic concepts of force and motion. There are ample activities and projects throughout the book that provide the reader with ways to explore forces and motion and learn basic concepts while having loads of fun. . . Students will enjoy the fun graphics in the book. A cartoon turtle and chicken lead students through the reading and activities by providing comedy and demonstrations on how to do the activities in the book. The color and design graphics are bright and capture the interest of the reader.”

Gordon P. Ramsey, Vice President, American Association of Physics Teachers
“The thought-provoking exercises are very good and cause the students to think more deeply about the concepts.”

Praise for other books in the Explore Your World! series:

Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects 

Library Media Connections – Recommended
“This introduction to basic chemistry investigates solids, liquids, and gases and how these forms of matter change and transform. With a frog-like creature with Albert Einstein’s face as the guide, each chapter provides background material leading the reader to a series of well-constructed hands-on activities. . . This is an attractive presentation, easy to navigate, that encourages young readers to learn through text and experimentation.”

Booklist
“. . . The accessible text takes a friendly tone, providing ample background information and easily recognizable everyday examples. Cartoon illustrations, inset boxes with facts, and occasional jokes help keep readers engaged. . . This should provide inspiration and insights into scientific exploration for students, teachers, and budding mad scientists.”

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“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!”

Explore Rocks and Minerals! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments 

Booklist
“This offering from the Explore Your World series introduces budding geologists to basic information about rocks and minerals. . . Appended with the usual back matter, this makes a good choice for classroom science units.”

Explore Gravity! With 25 Great Projects 

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.”

National Science Teachers Association – Recommends
“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.”


Look Inside

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Projects

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Simple Bridges from Ancient Times

Bridges are not easy to construct. With all of the different types of support, it is important to pick the correct one for the area. Let’s start with some paper models to get an idea of which bridge is the strongest.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer Swanson is an award-winning author of more than 20 nonfiction and fiction books for children. Her books in the How Things Work series by The Child’s World were named to the 2012 Booklist’s Top 10 Books for Youth: Series Nonfiction. She has received awards from the Pennsylvania TriState Young Adult Review Committee, The Moms Choice Awards, and The Dove Foundation. Jennifer has a B.S. in chemistry from the U.S. Naval Academy and her M.S. Ed. (K-8) in science from Walden University. She lives in Jacksonville, FL.


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For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.



More Details

Grade Level: 3–4
Ages: 7–10
Subjects: Engineering & Technology,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 96 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Praise for Explore Forces and Motion! With 25 Great Projects by Jennifer Swanson:

School Library Connection
Looking for ways to introduce, reinforce, and build on abstract physics concepts for young children? The author manages to make physics concepts simple in a light, accessible tone that will keep readers engaged. This very colorful text includes a timeline (not often seen in a book on physics), glossary, resources, essential questions, QR codes, primary source icons, and more. The real strength is the suggested projects that are simple to conduct yet essential in understanding concepts such as force, buoyancy, and magnetism. This would make an excellent addition to a classroom textbook to reinforce and demonstrate concepts. Librarians will love the focus on primary sources and scientific process.”

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media
Recommended — Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
This series, each book subtitled “With 25 Great Projects” is one that merits a place in every library serving children. Each book begins with a timeline, and a solid introduction. “Words to know” are defined throughout the book, and QR codes lead to interesting videos. (If the QR codes don’t work the book provides keyword prompts to lead young researchers to the right information.) Science practices are defined, and interesting projects follow that teach important principles. An extensive index, bibliography, and glossary follow. This book focuses on physics, introducing Newton, Einstein, Galileo and more. The basic forces around us are defined, explained, and explored through hands-on projects. Much of the information is on an advanced level, but explained so younger students can understand it. There’s interesting information to be found here, and the projects are unique and STEM oriented. Buy the whole series.”

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA Recommends)
“Physics is fun with this colorful and informative book for students ages 7–10. Using the theme of motion, the book encourages readers to push, pull, spin, twist, and turn their way to learning basic concepts of force and motion. There are ample activities and projects throughout the book that provide the reader with ways to explore forces and motion and learn basic concepts while having loads of fun. . . Students will enjoy the fun graphics in the book. A cartoon turtle and chicken lead students through the reading and activities by providing comedy and demonstrations on how to do the activities in the book. The color and design graphics are bright and capture the interest of the reader.”

Gordon P. Ramsey, Vice President, American Association of Physics Teachers
“The thought-provoking exercises are very good and cause the students to think more deeply about the concepts.”

Praise for other books in the Explore Your World! series:

Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects 

Library Media Connections – Recommended
“This introduction to basic chemistry investigates solids, liquids, and gases and how these forms of matter change and transform. With a frog-like creature with Albert Einstein’s face as the guide, each chapter provides background material leading the reader to a series of well-constructed hands-on activities. . . This is an attractive presentation, easy to navigate, that encourages young readers to learn through text and experimentation.”

Booklist
“. . . The accessible text takes a friendly tone, providing ample background information and easily recognizable everyday examples. Cartoon illustrations, inset boxes with facts, and occasional jokes help keep readers engaged. . . This should provide inspiration and insights into scientific exploration for students, teachers, and budding mad scientists.”

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“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!”

Explore Rocks and Minerals! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments 

Booklist
“This offering from the Explore Your World series introduces budding geologists to basic information about rocks and minerals. . . Appended with the usual back matter, this makes a good choice for classroom science units.”

Explore Gravity! With 25 Great Projects 

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.”

National Science Teachers Association – Recommends
“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.”


Projects

project image

Simple Bridges from Ancient Times

Bridges are not easy to construct. With all of the different types of support, it is important to pick the correct one for the area. Let’s start with some paper models to get an idea of which bridge is the strongest.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer Swanson is an award-winning author of more than 20 nonfiction and fiction books for children. Her books in the How Things Work series by The Child’s World were named to the 2012 Booklist’s Top 10 Books for Youth: Series Nonfiction. She has received awards from the Pennsylvania TriState Young Adult Review Committee, The Moms Choice Awards, and The Dove Foundation. Jennifer has a B.S. in chemistry from the U.S. Naval Academy and her M.S. Ed. (K-8) in science from Walden University. She lives in Jacksonville, FL.

author image
For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.