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Rocks and Minerals (Jump into Science Series)
     

Rocks and Minerals (Jump into Science Series)

by Steve Tomecek, Kyle Poling (Illustrator)
 

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426305382
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Series:
Jump into Science Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
236,640
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Author Steve Tomecek is a geologist who specializes in the study of soils, which is why he is known as "The Dirtmeister." When he is not digging in the dirt, he is a nonfiction author who has written more that 40 books for both children and teachers, including Bouncing & Bending Light, the 1996 winner if the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award. Tomecek has written four other books in the Jump Into Science series including, Dirt, Moon, Stars, and Sun and is the author of the upcoming Everything Rocks and Minerals. In addition to writing for the National Geographic Society, he serves as a consultant and writer for both Scholastic Inc. and Chelsea House.

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