Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects

Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects

by Kathleen M. Reilly, Tom Casteel
     
 

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To a child, a city is a chaotic, vibrant community whose workings can seem quite mysterious. How did people create subways? How does the water get to the very top of a skyscraper? Is there any organization to a bustling metropolis? Cities: Discover How They Work gives kids a view into the inner functioning of urban areas. They’ll learn about allSee more details below

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To a child, a city is a chaotic, vibrant community whose workings can seem quite mysterious. How did people create subways? How does the water get to the very top of a skyscraper? Is there any organization to a bustling metropolis? Cities: Discover How They Work gives kids a view into the inner functioning of urban areas. They’ll learn about all the parts that come together to make cities work and how they’ve grown and changed since the very first riverside settlements.

Fascinating sidebars, unique illustrations, Words to Know, and fun Did You Know facts combine with age-appropriate hands-on activities to make learning about complex urban environments fun and reinforce learning. Projects include creating subway cut-aways to understand how transportation systems work, building an aqueduct to learn how cities get water, and experimenting with skyscraper design and water filtration. This STEAM title, which integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and math includes a glossary, list of resources, and index.

Cities meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

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Cities: Discover How They Work
Children's Literature
". . . Reilly’s book delivers on its promise to make learning about complex urban environments fun. . . a good addition to an upper elementary or middle school curriculum on the history of urban development, urban sociology, current issues in city planning or management and city planning for the future."

Winner of a 2014 Silver Moonbeam Award

School Library Journal
“ According to the 2010 Census. 80% of Americans line in urban areas. But do they know what it takes to make a city run? From this well-organized and engaging text, readers will learn how cities developed and grew. . . this is a worthy title for any library collection.”

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. Through appealing illustrations, reader-friendly text, and fun hands-on experiments suitable for home and classroom . . .”

Ithaca Child
". . . If you're looking for something different to do this summer, use the activities in this book to explore any city you visit."

Bookloons
". . . Both teachers and homeschooling parents will find this a very useful book which integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a very practical and interesting manner in the study of cities."

Susan Anderson, director, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland, Oregon
“This book does a wonderful job helping children understand how cities work, why they were created in the first place, and how cities might evolve in the future.”

Alessandra Gorini, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Y4PT?(Youth for Public Transport), International Association of Public Transport, Brussels, Belgium
“Presents a vision of spaces to young people that cities are the expression of humanity, not just an agglomeration of concrete.”

Praise for other titles by Kate Reilly

Explore Weather and Climate!
National Science Teachers Association
"This book provides children and teachers with 25 activities related to weather and climate. If your curriculum includes these topics, this book may be ideal. . . The user–friendly format combined with the low reading vocabulary makes the book easy for students to navigate."

Food: 25 Amazing Projects Investigate the History and Science of What We Eat
Children's Literature
"One of 20 books in the 'Build It Yourself' series, this edition discusses the history and culture of food in an interesting format. With obesity in young people on the rise, they need all the information possible to make wise food choices. This book is perfect to get them thinking about the subject. "

Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself
Booklist
"Both comprehensive and approachable, this title combines explanations of science concepts and environmental issues with hands-on projects."

2008 Moonbeam Children's Book Award

Parent's Choice Foundation Recommended

2009 Moonbeam Children's Book Award For Energy: Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
The earliest cities grew organically as opposed to being planned, responding to social change as people stopped migrating and settled into groups, from about 4,000 to 3,500 BCE. But problems associated with unplanned growth developed over time, resulting in the first attempts at city planning and infrastructure development around 300 CE, when the Romans built aqueducts to bring water to city populations. A timeline at the front of Cities: Discover How They Work brings the reader up to 2013, illustrating the use of laws to facilitate urban management. Twenty-five kid-friendly projects, spread out over ten chapters, offer intriguing hands-on activities that illustrate the development of cities and their infrastructure, and outline the issues and problems facing modern city planners and managers. These problems include delivery of electricity, water, the design of sewer systems, above ground (streets and roads) and underground (subways) transportation, urbanization and maintenance of green space. Sidebars, titled “Words to Know” offer definitions for words printed bold text. Reilly’s book delivers on its promise to “make learning about complex urban environments fun.” One of the “Build It Yourself Series,” blending science, technology, engineering, art, design and mathematics, this book ends with a glossary, a list of resources and an index. This title would be a good addition to an upper elementary or middle school curriculum on the history of urban development, urban sociology, current issues in city planning or management and city planning for the future. Reviewer: Hazel Buys; Ages 9 to 12.
School Library Journal
06/01/2014
Gr 3–5—"According to the 2010 Census, 80% of Americans live in urban areas." But do they know what it takes to make a city run? From this well-organized and engaging text, readers will learn how cities developed and grew. This title starts from the very beginning, discussing how a city evolved in ancient times, and works its way up to issues that plague cities today. Included are 25 cross-curricular activities that will engage readers and develop their understanding of how cities work. The simple black-and-white illustrations are helpful, but young readers accustomed to photos might pass on it when leafing through the book. Even so, this is a worthy title for any library collection.—Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Brooklyn, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619302174
Publisher:
Nomad Press
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Series:
Build It Yourself Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
749,491
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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