I Wish I Knew That: Science: Cool Stuff You Need to Know


Why does matter matter? What makes the earth quake? Why does the moon shine? With I Wish I Knew That: Science, kids will learn the answers to hundreds of fascinating questions, alongside lighthearted illustrations and a bunch of ...

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I Wish I Knew That: Science: Cool Stuff You Need to Know

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Why does matter matter? What makes the earth quake? Why does the moon shine? With I Wish I Knew That: Science, kids will learn the answers to hundreds of fascinating questions, alongside lighthearted illustrations and a bunch of experiments to make learning fun. Inside kids will find out everything they need to know about:

  • Humans
  • Animals
  • Earth
  • Weather and Climate
  • Technology
  • Space
  • Chemistry
Includes over 100 engaging illustrations!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606524244
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 2/2/2012
  • Series: Cool Stuff You Need to Know Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 964,237
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher W. Davis is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Discovery Channel Magazine and Popular Mechanics. He was coauthor of U.S. News & World Report’s award-winning series “The Human Body” and named Aerospace Journalist of the Year in 2005 by the Royal Aeronautical Society. The former founding editor-in-chief of wisecity.com, he has also written for Highlights for Children and Reader's Digest Young Families. He lives outside of New York City with his family.

Rachel Byard Garcia has a M.A.T. from Cornell University, an M.F.S. from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell. As a volunteer at Cornell Center for Materials Research, she worked with children on various science-enrichment activities ,such as building crystal radios, electrochemical reactions, and making cross-linked polymers. She lives in Gambier, Ohio.

Andrew Pinder initially studied archaeology, and worked as an archaeologist and prehistorian, directing excavations and producing illustrations for museums, books and specialist publications. When he moved to Mallorca he began to work as an illustrator, painter and muralist.? He has had numerous one man exhibitions on Mallorca and has work in various public and private collections. As an illustrator he has worked on more than twenty books, mainly for children, in Catalan, Spanish and English.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: How in the World…? 8

Matter Matters 11

Atoms-The Main Building Blocks 12

The Periodic Table 16

Element + Element = Compound 19

Experiment: The Chemistry Behind the "Volcano" 22

6Et A Move On 27

Everything that Moves Follows the Same Rules (Well, Just About Everything) 28

Round and Round We Go 31

Newton's Noggin 34

The Falling Apple 36

It's All Relative 37

The Friction Factor 39

How Do Airplanes Fly? 40

Experiment: Demonstrating Newton's Law of Inertia with a Marble in a Pie Pan 43

Catch a Wave 17

What Is a Wave? 48

Waves from the Sun 51

Sound Waves 53

Radio Waves 56

Experiment: Musical Glasses 60

Electromagnetic Circus 65

What Is Electricity, Anyway? 66

Switching It On 69

Hair-Raising Fun 72

Magnets Are Attractive 73

Experiment: Sensing the Earth's Magnetic Field 78

Life as we Know It 83

What It Takes to Be "Alive" 85

The Birth of Life 86

Six Forms of Life 91

Animal Oddities-Not So Odd, After All 96

Experiment: Where Will Yeast Be the Fittest? 99

What we are and How we Work 103

The Brain: Nature's Gift to Humans 105

Our Nuts and Bolts-Our Bones 108

Eye on Your Eyes 110

The Skinny on Skin 112

We Have Fingernails-and Toenails-Not Claws 114

Caution: Reading This Will Make Your Skin Crawl 115

Healing-A Pretty Amazing Process 116

Experiment: Who Has Greater Lung Capacity-you or Your Parents? 118

Why Earth Looks (And Acts) Like Earth 121

The Cool Planet 122

Planetary Burps 126

Moving Mountains 129

Earthquake 134

Molten Mountains 136

Current Events 137

Experiment: Cloud in a Bottle 141

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