Jump into Science: Rocks and Minerals

Jump into Science: Rocks and Minerals

by Steve Tomecek, Kyle Poling
     
 

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Kids will gravitate to Steve Tomecek’s humorously illustrated guide, which surveys the earth’s astounding variety of rocks and minerals and the fascinating ways people have transformed them into usable materials. From talcum powder to silver jewelry, it all comes from inside this great big rock we live on. A high-interest topic for youngsters as well as

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Kids will gravitate to Steve Tomecek’s humorously illustrated guide, which surveys the earth’s astounding variety of rocks and minerals and the fascinating ways people have transformed them into usable materials. From talcum powder to silver jewelry, it all comes from inside this great big rock we live on. A high-interest topic for youngsters as well as an important segment of the elementary science curriculum, this book is in a kid-pleasing format and includes a bonus activity.

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Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Big pages and brilliant colors make a lively presentation for the study of rocks and minerals. Photographs, illustrations, and a cartoon character combine to give the reader geological facts. The beginning of the earth is described as a ball of hot dust and gas and as the earth cooled, rocks formed the core and the crust. Photos with labels show different types of rocks along with an explanation of the properties of minerals. A look back in history tells how rocks were used to make tools, and photos show several ancient Greek and Roman buildings made of stones. A large portion of the text describes the three main types of rocks with several pages each devoted to how igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks are formed. Diagrams, illustrations with labels, and short but comprehensive text clarify the information. In the section about tectonic plates, the reader learns how some mountains are formed. A diagram of a rock cycle illustrates how the minerals that make up old rocks get recycled into new rocks of different types. There are directions for an experiment in making a rock at home. This text is part of the "Jump Into Science" series. This is an excellent text for supplemental curriculum and could be used for teaching purposes as well as reading enjoyment for independent readers. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Tomecek explains how the Earth was formed from a ball of gas, and that as the gas cooled over millions of years, rocks created the core and the crust. Minerals are introduced as the building blocks of rocks, and the various uses of these materials in man-made structures are addressed. The main portion of the book discusses the three major types: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. "The Rock Cycle" explains in pictures and labels how rocks are weathered, changed, and become new rocks. An activity to make a conglomerate rock out of sand, glue, and pebbles is appended. A mix of digital artwork and actual photos creates a pleasing layout. An illustrated cartoon tour guide appears on all the pages. This informative title is child-friendly without being overwhelming. It will appeal to those looking for facts and catch the eye of curiosity seekers.—Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426305382
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Series:
Jump Into Science Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
485,797
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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