Investigating Sound

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People, animals, machines, and wind all make sounds. But have you ever seen how sound waves move? Or made a sound wave bounce? Now you can! Explore sound 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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Overview

People, animals, machines, and wind all make sounds. But have you ever seen how sound waves move? Or made a sound wave bounce? Now you can! Explore sound 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
Five chapters comprise the latest entry in the "Early Bird Energy" series. The properties of sound are explained in clear, concise language. Sharply-defined photographs and diagrams—along with simple experiments—reinforce the text. A glossary, an index and a bibliography add to the book's usefulness. The guidelines for adults provide good advice to ensure maximum interaction and understanding by children and their adult partners. The brightly-colored cover will surely be noticed. However, the price will likely deter purchase except by schools or libraries. 2006, Lerner Publications, Ages 8 to 10.
—Sylvia Firth
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Curious youngsters will be attracted to this book because of its interesting cover. It portrays eight kids with their mouths wide open and is a unique way to introduce the science behind something that is all around us, sound. The opening chapter defines sound, why vibrations produce sound and how sound moves through matter. A highlight in the next chapter is an experiment with a slinky toy to demonstrate how sound waves move. Other easy experiments show how to stop sound waves from spreading and why sound is carried differently in varied materials. Chapter three is an explanation of how the speed of sound is affected by temperature, gases, liquids and solids. Another chapter gives instructions for producing music. The final chapter discusses sounds that humans are unable to hear. Charts, clear colored photos and boxed inserts provide additional information. Also useful are the glossary, index and bibliography. Three websites are sources for more facts that range from making music to a diagram of the human ear to more experiments with sound. Add to the collection if material for this level is needed. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—This series is well organized and written in clear, concise language. The first chapter in each volume focuses on why a particular form of energy is important for people and/or the environment. Successive chapters discuss how that energy is generated and how it can (or cannot) be manipulated to people's advantage. Simple experiments using everyday household objects with clear instructions are provided in almost every chapter, with appropriate notes when adult supervision is necessary. Crisp photographs and/or diagrams are presented on every page, as are side boxes that contain either additional information or ask questions that draw readers back into the main text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761378761
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Series: How Does Energy Work? Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.70 (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 Sound? 4

Chapter 2 Sound Waves 12

Chapter 3 The Speed of Sound 19

Chapter 4 Making Music 24

Chapter 5 Sounds we can't Hear 32

Glossary 38

Learn More about Sound 39

Index 40

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