Give It a Push! Give It a Pull!: A Look at Forces

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You push a swing. Your brother pulls a wagon. Forces are at work all around you. But what exactly is a force And how do forces act on different objects Read this book to find out! Learn all about matter, energy, and forces in the Exploring Physical Science series—part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction topics to life!

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Overview

You push a swing. Your brother pulls a wagon. Forces are at work all around you. But what exactly is a force And how do forces act on different objects Read this book to find out! Learn all about matter, energy, and forces in the Exploring Physical Science series—part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction topics to life!

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Children's Literature - Kathy Leggett
It takes a force to flatten dough. It takes friction to stop your bike. The pull of a magnet holds a picture to your refrigerator. The pull of a wagon causes it to roll. The force of a ping pong ball can be stopped by a small paddle held in your hand, yet the force of an oncoming train requires a larger force. From the brightly colored table of contents to the glossary page after page is filled with brightly color photographs of young children experimenting with forces in ways that all children can relate to. Each seems to flow from the other as force is explained in easy to understand sentences. The photographs highlight the text in such a way that the readers will become caught up in learning, guessing the solutions before the text is even read. The large font adds to the books appeal and will entice early readers to pick this book up over and over again. IT is an excellent example of a great story for building success with not only learning to read but reading to learn. A hands-on activity invites the reader to interact with the text and conduct an experiment to determine which type of ball needs the most force to move. Fun! A thorough list of additional resources is included for the young scientist who wants to learn more or for teachers who are building units of research materials. A perfect addition to a classroom or personal library. Reviewer: Kathy Leggett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761360568
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Series: Lightning Bolt Bks.: Exploring Physical Science
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 366,132
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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  • Posted September 5, 2010

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    An elementary series to introduce the physical sciences to your classroom

    When we talk about the word "force," we are talking about a "push or pull." There are always forces around us. For example when someone is pushing someone else on a swing, force is being used. You can usually see what happens when force is being used. It is easy to see force when a truck is pulling a boat, but if leaves are swirling around, "sometimes the cause of a force is invisible." One other example is gravity or magnetism. You can't see the force that holds a magnet on your refrigerator, but you know a force is in action. Forces also "put things in motion." A few examples are when you pull a wagon, the "pushing and pulling your pencil" when you need to write, and its effect when you push a toy car. There is also a difference in the strength of a force. For example when you throw a ball hard a "strong force" will make it go further. On the other hand if you gently push on a toy boat, it will only "move a short distance from you." It is easy to understand that an object's weight will make a difference in how much force you'll need to move it away from you or pick it up. In this book you will also learn about force and its relationship with direction and speed, how forces can "make things stop moving" or allow something to continue through it, the relationship of an object's weight and the force needed to stop them, you'll learn about friction and how it "slows things down or makes them stop," and how force can change the shape of objects. This is an excellent introduction to the physics of motion and forces for the young student. The concepts put forth in this book are very easy to understand. Both the text and its accompanying photographs will enable the fluent reader to enjoy learning a bit about elementary physics in a fun manner. For example, we can see a baseball shattering a piece of glass and the student learns from a caption that "A glass window has less force than a brick wall, so a ball may sail right through it. That's bad news for whoever hit the ball." This is the type of book that is an excellent choice to read and discuss during circle or story time. In the back of the book are directions for a "Ball Toss Game," an index, a glossary, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. Quill says: If you are looking for a very elementary series to introduce the physical sciences to your classroom, this is an excellent book to consider!

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