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Tools of Timekeeping: A Kid's Guide to the History and Science of Telling Time

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Children will learn all about inventions: their inventors, the way they changed history, and their evolution over centuries, through the activities and anecdotes provided in this interactive series.

From ancient civilization's earliest calendars and shadow clocks to the atomic clocks of today, the history of time measurement emerges in this interactive guide. The study of the evolution of timekeeping devices and the inventors of calendars and clocks is included and loaded with ...

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Overview


Children will learn all about inventions: their inventors, the way they changed history, and their evolution over centuries, through the activities and anecdotes provided in this interactive series.

From ancient civilization's earliest calendars and shadow clocks to the atomic clocks of today, the history of time measurement emerges in this interactive guide. The study of the evolution of timekeeping devices and the inventors of calendars and clocks is included and loaded with interesting facts and trivia. Fifteen hands-on activities help demonstrate humans' changing relationship with time over the centuries.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A mind-opening introduction to methods of computing and comparing time calculations...written in a spirited style." —KLIATT

"A fascinating glimpse into humanity's efforts to tame time." —YES Mag: The Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds

"A wonderful resource full of worthwhile activities. What fun!" —The Why Files: Science Behind the News

"An excellent book to help families explore the past and future of time and timekeeping." —Richard Paselk, PhD, curator, Scientific Instrument Museum at Humboldt State University

 "Lively text...a handy resource."  —VOYA Magazine

"An excellent resource and learning tool in the classroom."  —Children's Literature

"This resource would be valuable both for research and for interdisciplinary units where time concepts are included.... Recommended."  —Library Media Connection

"An excellent addition to any studies, this would be a particularly pleasurable way to enhance summer learning."  —Eclectic Homeschool Online

KLIATT
"A mind-opening introduction to methods of computing and comparing time calculations...written in a spirited style."
Children's Literature
"An excellent resource and learning tool in the classroom."
Library Media Connection
"This resource would be valuable both for research and for interdisciplinary units where time concepts are included. . . . Recommended."
Eclectic Homeschool Online
"An excellent addition to any studies, this would be a particularly pleasurable way to enhance summer learning."
YES Mag
"A fascinating glimpse into humanity's efforts to tame time."
VOYA
These books in the Tools of Discovery series combine science history, biography, and hands-on activities in a slim, attractive format for middle and junior high students. On each general topic, information ranges from early scientific discoveries to modern implementations, such as highways, atomic clocks, and global positioning satellites. The key to using them effectively will be in locating the desired information within a format that varies from a lively text to boxed activities, side topics, biographies, and definitions. For libraries seeking science activity books, the books provide good examples of brief activities made possible with common household materials including making an astrolabe, creating a clock from a burning candle, and creating different types of maps. Brief biographies on scientists are boxed within the text but have confusing titles, making it difficult to skim for information. Key words are defined at the bottom of each page and highlighted when used in the text, and a glossary at the back makes a handy resource for reading. Some illustrations are too small to be effective, such as the maps in Tools of Navigation, but they give the general idea of visually reinforcing the concept being illustrated. Whether the illustration is reinforcing something in the text or is meant to be viewed on its own with the caption to bring another point to the discussion can at times be confusing. These books are supplementary purchases for libraries seeking variety in how science is presented along with simple activities for students. (Tools of Discovery). VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8;Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Nomad Press, 156p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Further Reading., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Hillary Theyer
KLIATT
A mind-opening introduction to methods of computing and comparing time calculations, this work employs sound tutorial methods of introducing students to abstract thought. The ten chapters cover the human need to name elements of time passages and the value of such innovations as time candles, sundials, pendulum clocks, astrolabes, and arbitrary world time zones. The text is written in a spirited style. Illustrations vary from a photo of Albert Einstein to schematic drawings of a nocturnal, fusee, and Mayan calendar. Ancillary materials include a glossary of 77 terms ranging from zenith to the Greek klepsydra and a too-brief list of reference works and websites. The text concludes with a five-page index listing concepts, inventors, astronomical terms, and geographic areas. KLIATT Codes: P—Recommended. 2005, Nomad Press, 137p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages adult.
—Mary Ellen Snodgrass
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-The first book is a comprehensive, well-organized account that ranges from star charts to satellites and focuses not only on the tools of navigation but on the pioneers in the field as well. From the jungles of Africa, with Livingstone and Stanley, to Hillary's Everest, and to the poles with Scott, Peary, Amundsen, and Shackleton, the book provides an intriguing and informative look at how humans have managed to find their way across the globe. Easy-to-understand activities, linked directly to the information provided in the text, such as how to make a simple astrolabe, are included in many chapters. Unfortunately, many of the projects use the imperial system of measurement, which puts readers who are schooled in the globally used metric system at a disadvantage, and the index is incomplete. Timekeeping is an ambitious effort that succeeds in making sense of an often difficult-to-understand concept. Using straightforward language, this resource traces the history of how humans have attempted to calculate time. Technologies used in modern timekeeping are also included and the coverage of the individuals involved is excellent. The book includes timekeeping history from Asian, African, European, and North and South American cultures. Hands-on activities enhance the understanding of each topic. All of the instructions are easy to follow and require readily available materials. The illustrations and diagrams are used effectively to support the text. Two informative resources.-Robyn Walker, Elgin Court Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972202671
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Series: Tools of Discovery series Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Linda Formichelli is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in several youth and science publications including Ack!, Delta Education, Odyssey, Yes, and Zillions. She is the author of Renegade Writer and Becoming a Personal Trainer for Dummies. She lives in Blackstone, Massachusetts. W. Eric Martin has written articles for more than 50 publications and has provided dictionary entries for Thomson Gale's World of Computer Science. He lives in Blackstone, Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    An Activity-Filled Trek Through Time

    This book takes us on a trek through time ¿ literally. We learn about timekeeping from the calendars of the earliest civilizations all the way up to atomic clocks and beyond. As a homeschooling parent, I have to say that I got as much out of this book as my kids did. I had used terms like ¿quartz timing¿ or ¿atomic clock¿ before without completely understanding what they were. The best part of the book for most kids will probably be the activities. My daughter loved the incense clock especially. None of the activities required any hard-to-get materials, and we look forward to trying more of them. I have to give special kudos to the extensive glossary as well.

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