Wedges Make a Point: Simple Machines for Kids
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“The newest Picture Book Science series introduces simple machines through poems, declarative sentences that define technical vocabulary in context, and relatable examples supported by bright illustrations featuring diverse casts of characters. Worthy additions for elementary STEAM collections.”
Detailed Book Description
How do you keep a truck from rolling? A door from closing? And how do you cut through banana bread?
All of these questions have the same answer—a wedge! Wedges are one of the simple machines that help make work easier by using mechanical advantage. In Wedges Make a Point: Simple Machines for Kids, readers ages 5 to 8 learn how a wedge’s shape makes it perfect at stopping something heavy from moving, and separating material to split something—like banana bread—apart.
Scientific concepts including forces and mechanical advantage come clear with engaging illustrations and lots of real-life examples that kids can spot in their home, schools, and neighborhoods.
An introductory poem offers language arts connections while a hands-on activity at the end reinforces concepts in the book. A glossary and photographs offer even more supplemental learning opportunities.