Investigating Light

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The sun, lightbulbs, and flickering fires all bring light to our World. But have you ever watched light rays moving? Or seen how light rays reflect off objects? Now you can! Explore light with the fun experiments you'll find in this book.

As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on a key science question-How Does Energy Work? Hands-on experiments, interesting photos, and useful diagrams will help you find the ...

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Overview

The sun, lightbulbs, and flickering fires all bring light to our World. But have you ever watched light rays moving? Or seen how light rays reflect off objects? Now you can! Explore light with the fun experiments you'll find in this book.

As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on a key science question-How Does Energy Work? Hands-on experiments, interesting photos, and useful diagrams will help you find the answer!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
What is light? Where does it come from? How does it help us? This science book is filled with several fun experiments for children so they can understand light. The concept is explained in terms they can understand and relate to, and is augmented by pictures that help the description. After explaining in scientific terms that light is a form of energy, this book demonstrates various principles of light through pictures, and experiments. These experiments can be done at home or at school with a flashlight and a couple of household items. They teach principles such as particles, refraction, colors, and heat. The words explain how to do the experiment, but the photographs aid in the explanation. The back of the book contains a bibliography, websites, questions for a parent to ask, and a glossary with words such as refraction, translucent, absorbs, and opaque. This title will help children conceptualize the principle of light. 2005, Lerner Publications Company, Ages 8 to 12.
—Nicole Peterson
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Most youngsters are curious about what goes on in their environment. Teachers and parents should find this volume helpful in explaining the science and properties of light. Some facet of light is explained in each chapter. The definition of light, how matter affects light, why light bends and bounces, why refraction is needed to see colored light and how light can create heat are made clear with easily understood prose, sharp clear photos, charts and fairly simple experiments. Important points are emphasized with boxed inserts on many pages that ask questions or restate facts from the text. The glossary, bibliography and index are useful extras. Also valuable are the addresses of three websites as today's kids are computer savvy and will be very willing to use the sites to help them gain more knowledge, play games and conduct other experiments. If material on this subject is needed, this book, part of the series "Searchlight Books: How Does Energy Work?" is a worthwhile purchase. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761378730
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Series: How Does Energy Work? Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,481,997
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally M. Walker has been a children's book writer for over 20 years. Most of her books are nonfiction and present various science topics to young readers. Fossil Fish Found Alive is the story of the hunt for the elusive fish called the coelacanth. Sally also enjoys combining science investigation with historical topics. Her book Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, which won the 2006 Robert F. Sibert Medal, tells about the history, loss, and re-discovery of the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in battle. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland takes readers on archaeological expeditions, where the forensic analysis of colonial settlers' bones helps us to understand their lives. Sally especially enjoys writing narrative nonfiction that captures the reader's attention with a true story.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What is Light? 4

Chapter 2 Matter and Light 9

Chapter 3 Light Bounces 14

Chapter 4 Light Bends 19

Chapter 5 Colors 27

Chapter 6 Light and Heat 33

Glossary 38

Learn More about Light 39

Index 40

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