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"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"
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"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."
"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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Atoms and Molecules Matter
Atoms Get Happy
Mix It Up!
Getting a Reaction