Point A Masterpiece

Point A Masterpiece

Does pointillism really work? Create your own pointy artwork to find out.
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Make Your Own Mentos Explosion

Make Your Own Mentos Explosion

From Kitchen Chemistry

Chemical reaction or display of physical force? Try this experiment with candy and soda and see what happens.



From Fairground Physics

Most older roller coasters are pulled up that first hill. However, some newer coasters have pneumatic launch systems. That means a shot of compressed air launches the coaster up the hill. We’re going to build a simple version of that with a straw that you blow through.

How Light Travels Experiment

How Light Travels Experiment

From Explore Light and Optics!

Scientists know that light travels very quickly. In this experiment, you will discover if light really does travel in a straight line.

Building Bridges

Building Bridges

From Explore Forces and Motion!

Forces act on everything, even things that are standing still. Engineers need to understand forces when they build structures such as bridges. Let's see how different bridges support the forces that are placed upon them.



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
Paperback, $14.95
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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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

Metric Conversions
Essential Questions