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What is energy?

Examines energy in its different forms, discussing heat and temperature, changes of energy, alternative energy, and the role of energy in supporting life.

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What is energy?

Examines energy in its different forms, discussing heat and temperature, changes of energy, alternative energy, and the role of energy in supporting life.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Different types of energy play a part in our lives. Young readers may explore this informational text to learn basic facts about the types of energy and the sources. Color photographs and diagrams help to support the text. Adult guidance with text features such as the subheadings, captions, and index may help young readers understand the informational text format so that they may use the features to support their comprehension of the content. There are some hands-on experiments in the "Try This…" sections, which assist in understanding concepts about energy; adult supervision is advised for some of the investigations. An explanation of what occurred with each experiment is included; however, further discussion may enrich understanding of the concept. In the back of the book, there is a list of websites for pursuing more information on energy. Those young investigators interested in other areas of the physical sciences may wish to check the other topics in "Science Alive" series. The books in this series follow a similar format and organization. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

Designed for newly independent readers, this series introduces each topic through brief sentences, large type, and short paragraphs. Overall, the presentation is clear, utilizing as it does a large format and easy-to-read type. The captioned photographs, spot illustrations, and diagrams correlate well to the topic but are sometimes inadequately labeled. Four experiments in each book demonstrate the principle under discussion. The supplies are mostly household items, and the steps are adequately illustrated. However, at times the vocabulary used and the difficulty of the activities are either overly simple or unnecessarily difficult. Web sites are included for students and teachers but their usefulness is uneven.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897563533
  • Publisher: Creative Company, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Series: Science Alive
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

What is energy 4

Forms of energy 6

Energy Changes 8

Try This . . . Stored Energy 10

Heat Energy 12

Losing Energy 14

Try This . . . Convection Current 16

Energy Sources 18

Making Electricity 20

Try This . . . Generating Electricity 22

Renewable Energy 24

Try This . . . Catching Radiation 26

Energy for Life 28

Words to Remember 30

Index 32

Web finder 32

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