Discover National Monuments: National Parks [NOOK Book]

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Fascinating facts about America’s most popular natural landmarks provide the backbone for this fun-filled collection of activities that replicate the organic processes that formed them. Interspersed with history, factoids, and sidebars, this engaging reference explores scientific concepts, such as the formation of coral reefs and the cause of volcanic eruptions. Each monument—from the Lava Beds to the Petrified Forest—is showcased in a graphic multipage spread and is followed by hands-on experiments, ...

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Overview

Fascinating facts about America’s most popular natural landmarks provide the backbone for this fun-filled collection of activities that replicate the organic processes that formed them. Interspersed with history, factoids, and sidebars, this engaging reference explores scientific concepts, such as the formation of coral reefs and the cause of volcanic eruptions. Each monument—from the Lava Beds to the Petrified Forest—is showcased in a graphic multipage spread and is followed by hands-on experiments, allowing children to make their own stalactites and discover how a river can erode rock into a canyon. Expressing true appreciation for the United States' natural wonders, this comprehensive guide clearly illustrates their formation, from glittering caves to giant trees.

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Editorial Reviews

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With an inviting, browsable design and a chatty style, this large-sized volume in the Discover Your World series covers 15 national monuments and parks in the U.S. that celebrate and protect natural phenomena . . . The science will excite readers, with detailed explanations of tectonic plates, radiometric dating, and dendrochronology.
Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
The national wonders of the United States are some of the most breathtaking sites in the country. Now children can learn the specifics of the ones designated as national monuments and parks. As most of the monuments and parks described in this book were formed by plate tectonics, the first chapter is dedicated to explaining this process, including instructions on how to build an edible model of the Earth. The other chapters are each devoted to a different monument, including the Petrified Forest, the Grand Canyon, Devils Tower, and Buck Island Reef. Each chapter includes numerous photographs, a "Words to Know" list, and relevant facts relating to the history, biology, and/or geology needed to understand more about the monument. There are also experiments and models for each chapter; some are even made of chocolate and can be eaten after the experiment is completed. In addition to the monument-specific information, there is also a general glossary and timeline for all of the places described in the book. A very good reference both for children who have visited the parks and want to know more as well as children who have not yet had a chance to see these amazing sites. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
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"With an inviting, browsable design and a chatty style, this large-sized volume in the Discover Your World series covers 15 national monuments and parks in the U.S. that celebrate and protect natural phenomena . . . The science will excite readers, with detailed explanations of tectonic plates, radiometric dating, and dendrochronology."  —Booklist

"A 15-chapter activity book for ages 8 and up. It covers a combination of 14 National Parks and Monuments . . . The pages are colorful and full of graphics in addition to the text . . . There are plenty of excellent descriptions of specific terminology related to volcanoes, caves, and fossils . . . .Reading the book and doing the activities would definitely enhance your experience."  —Schoolhouse Magazine

"The science and history is explained behind the monuments featured in this book. This includes 'words to know' and activities with supply lists for each chapter. This is a great resource for explaining science concepts in natural environments." —Clear Review, Xavier University Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619301139
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Discover Your World
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Cynthia Light Brown is the vice president and founding partner of Clover Leaf Environmental Solutions and the author of Amazing Kitchen Chemistry Projects You Can Build Yourself. She has contributed work to Highlights for Children and Ladybug magazine and coaches 5th and 6th grade “Odyssey of the Mind” teams. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Blair Shedd is a freelance writer and illustrator, the founder of oneGemini Studios, and the creator of the comic book Wayward Son. He lives in New England.

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