Touch It!: Materials, Matter and You

Touch It!: Materials, Matter and You

by Adrienne Mason, Claudia Davila
     
 

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Developed with the cooperation of a science consultant, this book in the Primary Physical Science series is a tool to teach the physical sciences to young children. Touch It! follows science curricula and is loaded with surprising facts and hands-on activities designed to hold young readers' interest and tap into their fascination with the everyday world. Touch It!

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Developed with the cooperation of a science consultant, this book in the Primary Physical Science series is a tool to teach the physical sciences to young children. Touch It! follows science curricula and is loaded with surprising facts and hands-on activities designed to hold young readers' interest and tap into their fascination with the everyday world. Touch It! explores materials -- their color, shape, texture, size, mass, magnetism and more.

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Children's Literature
A strong science book for young scientists, this title is part of the "Primary Physical Science" series. The first few sections address the obvious: asking the reader to notice the materials all around us. While second graders may skip over these sections, what follows are instructive and fun investigative techniques. In the section titled "Describing Materials" the scientists are asked to compare a strawberry and a pineapple. In "How Does it Feel" they are asked to put on a blindfold and describe textures. It is good the book starts with such concrete examples of matter, because later it gets into the abstract—mass. Mass, not often addressed in young children's texts, is defined as "the amount of stuff in an object." This is not a bad definition for kids who do not yet know the definition of volume or density. To gain an understanding of mass, the young scientists are asked to compare the mass of a coin and a plastic button of equal size. The experiment is particularly well laid out because it doesn't give away the results at all, but does explain that different materials have different masses. Back matter includes a section for parents and teachers, a short glossary, and an index. 2005, Kids Can Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Amy S. Hansen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553377603
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Primary Physical Science Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.31(d)
Lexile:
AD570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Adrienne Mason is an educator and author whose books include Owls, Snakes, Move It! and Touch It! She lives in Tofino, British Columbia.

Graphic designer and children's illustrator Claudia Dávila was born in Chile and now makes her home in Toronto. She was formerly the art director of Chirp and Chickadee magazines.

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