Point A Masterpiece

Point A Masterpiece

Does pointillism really work? Create your own pointy artwork to find out.
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Explore Friction on a Ramp

Explore Friction on a Ramp

From The Physics of Fun

One part of physics that affects everything you do is friction! Friction is a force that occurs when two surfaces rub against each other. Smoother surfaces generate less friction, while rough or bumpy surfaces generate more friction. Check it out!

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Eat a Water Molecule

Eat a Water Molecule

From Chemical Reactions!

We now know what the formula for water looks like. What does an actual molecule of water look like? How can we see something that small? Powerful X-ray machinery allows scientists to predict how the atoms in a molecule look. Let’s build a model so we can see, too.

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Chemical or Physical?

Chemical or Physical?

From The Chemistry of Food

In the kitchen, chefs combine and alter food ingredients to create a finished dish. Some of these changes are physical—the food changes form, shape, and size, but the molecules that make up the food do not change. Other changes in food are chemical. When food undergoes a chemical reaction, a new substance is created. During a chemical change, bonds between molecules are created or destroyed. In this activity, you will classify different changes food undergoes...

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Build the Eiffel Tower

Build the Eiffel Tower

From The Science and Technology of Marie Curie

Built in 1889 for the World Exposition, the Eiffel Tower honored the French Revolution. It also showcased national engineering and design expertise to an audience of global visitors. Originally intended as a temporary monument, it remains one of the world’s most visited landmarks. The structure of the tower itself is actually quite simple! To understand how its rivets and beams join, build a model of your own.

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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."

Detailed Book Description

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.
Available In:
Hardcover, $19.95
9781619304918
Paperback, $14.95
9781619304956
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 96 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Chemistry | Physical Science
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Introduction
Atoms and Molecules Matter

Chapter 1
Atomic Arrangement

Chapter 2
It’s Element-ary!

Chapter 3
Atoms Get Happy

Chapter 4
Mix It Up!

Chapter 5
Changeable Materials

Chapter 6
Getting a Reaction

Glossary
Metric Conversions
Resources
Essential Questions
Index