Innovators: The Stories Behind the People Who Shaped the World with 25 Projects

Innovators: The Stories Behind the People Who Shaped the World with 25 Projects

In Innovators: The Stories Behind the People Who Shaped the World with 25 Projects, readers ages 9 to 12 learn about the people behind some of the products, processes, and improvements that produce the reality in which we live.

  • Encourages readers to connect historic innovations to current products and processes.
  • Enrichment activities integrate STEAM skills and encourage readers to engage in the material at a practical level.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.99

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

Subjects

  • Engineering & Technology

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In Innovators: The Stories Behind the People Who Shaped the World with 25 Projects, readers ages 9 to 12 learn about the people behind some of the products, processes, and improvements that produce the reality in which we live.

  • Encourages readers to connect historic innovations to current products and processes.
  • Enrichment activities integrate STEAM skills and encourage readers to engage in the material at a practical level.

Praise for other titles by Marcia Amidon Lusted:

Civic Unrest: Investigate the Struggle for Social Change
Booklist
“. . . a complete and thorough resource dealing with basic civic principles for the middle-level social- studies classroom.”

The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Decade of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz
Library Media Connection
“This engaging and insightful read into the 1920s can be used as a supplementary textbook in an American History class. Lusted’s writing captures the decade, offering all its vitality with an encompassing overview of the era. As the narration gains its footing, the text flows seamlessly . . . a valuable addition to a library looking to update its history collection.” Recommended

Praise for other titles in the series:

The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence

Publishers Weekly
“Readers can take a hands-on approach to learning about the American Revolution in this addition to the Build It Yourself series . . . . Sidebars supplement the material with vocabulary definitions, trivia, and additional information about such figures as Thomas Paine, Benedict Arnold, and Phillis Wheatley. Cartoon illustrations and 25 activities create a lively learning experience . . .”

School Library Journal
“Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. . . Along with the standard textual information, pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources.”

Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects
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 in an interdependent way. . . Basics of civil engineering are introduced and potential future problems of city life are explored. 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.”

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Through the Years

Some of the inventions we use today existed long ago, but in completely different forms. The telephone that Alexander Graham Bell patented in 1876, for example, looks much different from the smartphone you might carry in your pocket today. In this activity, you will research a product and create a timeline showing the development of that product from its earliest iteration to its current form.

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Marcia Amidon Lusted

Marcia Amidon Lusted has written over 80 books for young readers, many on historical subjects. As an assistant editor for Cobblestone Publishing and its award-winning history magazines, she has written widely on many different historical eras. Marcia lives in Hancock, New Hampshire.


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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.



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Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
Subjects: Engineering & Technology,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Praise for other titles by Marcia Amidon Lusted:

Civic Unrest: Investigate the Struggle for Social Change
Booklist
“. . . a complete and thorough resource dealing with basic civic principles for the middle-level social- studies classroom.”

The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Decade of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz
Library Media Connection
“This engaging and insightful read into the 1920s can be used as a supplementary textbook in an American History class. Lusted’s writing captures the decade, offering all its vitality with an encompassing overview of the era. As the narration gains its footing, the text flows seamlessly . . . a valuable addition to a library looking to update its history collection.” Recommended

Praise for other titles in the series:

The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence

Publishers Weekly
“Readers can take a hands-on approach to learning about the American Revolution in this addition to the Build It Yourself series . . . . Sidebars supplement the material with vocabulary definitions, trivia, and additional information about such figures as Thomas Paine, Benedict Arnold, and Phillis Wheatley. Cartoon illustrations and 25 activities create a lively learning experience . . .”

School Library Journal
“Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. . . Along with the standard textual information, pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources.”

Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects
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 in an interdependent way. . . Basics of civil engineering are introduced and potential future problems of city life are explored. 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.”


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Through the Years

Some of the inventions we use today existed long ago, but in completely different forms. The telephone that Alexander Graham Bell patented in 1876, for example, looks much different from the smartphone you might carry in your pocket today. In this activity, you will research a product and create a timeline showing the development of that product from its earliest iteration to its current form.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

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Marcia Amidon Lusted

Marcia Amidon Lusted has written over 80 books for young readers, many on historical subjects. As an assistant editor for Cobblestone Publishing and its award-winning history magazines, she has written widely on many different historical eras. Marcia lives in Hancock, New Hampshire.

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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.