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Explore Solids and Liquids!: With 25 Great Projects
     

Explore Solids and Liquids!: With 25 Great Projects

by Kathleen M. Reilly, Bryan Stone (Illustrator)
 

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For a kid, watching a solid turn into a liquid or a liquid into a gas is nothing short of magic. In Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects kids experience the wonder of different states of matter. They’ll learn what matter is made of, how it can change, and how these interactions really work in our universe. With plenty of activities and

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For a kid, watching a solid turn into a liquid or a liquid into a gas is nothing short of magic. In Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects kids experience the wonder of different states of matter. They’ll learn what matter is made of, how it can change, and how these interactions really work in our universe. With plenty of activities and projects, young readers gain a solid understanding of the matter they touch, see, feel, and experience every single day.

As young readers discover the basic concepts and vocabulary of chemistry, they will experiment with household objects to discover how solids, liquids, and gases occupy space. Kids will dissolve solids into liquids and bring them back again, use salt and pepper to demonstrate water's surface tension, and fly helium-filled balloons to see what happens to molecules at different temperatures. Illustrated with cartoon illustrations and filled with fun facts, Explore Solids and Liquids! makes science entertaining and exciting.

Explore Solids and Liquids! 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.

Editorial Reviews

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• Praise for other books by Kathleen M Reilly

Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself

• National Science Teachers Association
"This delightful and informative guide to the natural world is sure to captivate the attention of young readers."

Booklist
“Both comprehensive and approachable, this title combines explanations of science concepts and environmental issues with hands-on projects. Extensive further readings and an eye-catching design filled with drawings complete a title that while educating kids about the environment steers them past despair with the reminder that every individual action helps."

Parent's Choice Foundation Recommended

Energy: Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It

• National Science Teachers Association
"I highly recommend this wonderfully informative book for any middle school science classroom. It allows teachers to teach about energy resources in a fun, engaging, and easy way."

• 2009 Moonbeam Children's Book Award

Children's Literature - Laura Ruttig
This introductory chemistry title focuses on the phases of matter, mixtures, compounds, and elements. Without diving too deeply into any one topic, the author explores a range of basic scientific concepts in chemistry from atoms to acids to bases, by concentrating on their connections to the states of matter. For example, Reilly describes, in kid-friendly terms, the spacing of molecules in a gas, a liquid, and a solid. She also includes lesser-known states such as plasma and oobleck. The scientific explanations are clear, well-written, and would be great for middle school or even high school students. The concepts seem a little advanced for most elementary students, but could be fine in primary grades if discussed in a class. The illustrations are very juvenile, but they work exceptionally well to convey complex ideas. In addition, each section includes simple experiments that students can perform with safe household ingredients such as sugar, corn starch, and water. Many of these would also make excellent classroom activities, without necessarily needing a full science lab. Reviewer: Laura Ruttig; Ages 9 to 14.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619301719
Publisher:
Nomad Press
Publication date:
08/12/2014
Series:
Nomad Press Explore Your World Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,319,566
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

What People are Saying About This

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• Jennifer Schulze, MSEd, Reading Specialist Instructor, Western Oregon University
“This versatile book can be used by a classroom teacher or homeschool parent, inquisitive or struggling student. It’s interesting, easy to read, and spot on where matter is concerned.”

• Dr. Christopher Gorman, Professor of Chemistry, North Carolina State University
“Fun activities that illustrate how matter behaves in its different forms. Just the sort of thing to pique a budding, young scientist’s curiosity”

• Dr. Todd F. Hoover, Early Childhood & Adolescent Education, University of Pennsylvania
“An engaging book both visually and in content, using classic activities and discrepant events, as well as new and exciting ones! A good book to help children go hands-on and to learn about solids and liquids.”

Meet the Author


Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bryan Stone is a cartoonist and the illustrator of several books for Nomad Press including Explore Night Science!, Explore Flight!, Explore Rivers and Ponds!, Explore Rocks and Minerals!, and Explore Electricity!. He lives in Hartland, Vermont.

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