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By Emily Sohn and Laura Townsend

Supports Common Core Standards for Language Arts! (Click here to download a printable PDF of the correlations)

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Look and listen more closely at what’s around you, such as the veins of a leaf, the shape of an animal’s paw-print, or pauses between words.  Let your nose, hands, and ears help.  You may start to notice patterns and feel textures.  In this book, use these tools to solve the puzzle of who took the pets.  Pay attention because you could save the day!  Physical Science.

iScience Readers
is a leveled reader series that focuses on scientific inquiry and real-life situations. Each book contains student-directed, open-ended questions regarding science concepts that provide opportunity for thought or discussion.
The following features appear in each book in the series.
iScience Puzzle – This puzzle encourages critical thinking skills. Using real-life situations, the puzzle introduces a problem that an understanding of science can help solve. The text takes the reader through science concepts, continually referring to the puzzle while the reader can start to solve the puzzle using reasoning and the process of elimination.
Discover Activity – Contains a hands-on activity that helps the reader connect the puzzle to science by observing science in action.
Solve the iScience Puzzle – After the necessary concepts have been explained, the reader is encouraged to solve the puzzle. If there is more than one way to solve it, the readers decides which solution they would choose.
Beyond the Puzzle – Includes further challenges to reinforce the concepts and stretch the imagination.
Science at Work – A section on careers in science that relate to the book’s topic.
Connecting to History – Relates an interesting historical perspective or milestone in the science topic’s history.

Series: iScience Readers
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Series: iScience Readers
Copyright Year: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59953-414-5
Edition: Library
Grade level: 3-4
Dewey: 609
Subject: scientific inquiry, inventions, physical science
Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 3.9
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 146568
Lexile Level: 560L
Binding: Library Hardcover
Available: Now
Primary BISAC: JNF051000

This book involves the reader in a mystery that encourages them to learn about details in our surroundings, such as patterns and textures. The informational text begins with three animals missing from a pet store, and the reader is asked which of the three theories presented will solve the mystery. Children will enjoy the colorful and detailed illustrations on each page as they learn more about patterns and textures.

There is a section on Louis Braille and a historical account of Isaac Newton. Key vocabulary words are printed in bold font, which prompts students and teachers to consult the extensive glossary for more information. The book contains key elements of a nonfiction text, such as a table of contents, an index, a glossary, additional notes, and resources for further reading.

Inquiry science is the backbone of this entire Norwood House Press series. The authors use questions and activities based on real-life situations to make these books relevant for young readers. This volume is part of a series of books with a similar approach on different topics.
National Science Teachers Association, November 2011

Describes various patterns and details in our every day surroundings which can be used to help solve certain mysteries.  Questions are posed and activities suggested which are addressed at the end of the book.  Includes glossary and additional resources.
Arlington Independent School District, January 2012

This series of iScience readers for the elementary grades offers clear descriptions of key scientific concepts and also discusses the usefulness of the scientific method in finding answers to questions. Each title gives readers activities to follow, puzzles to solve, and questions to answer using the information found in texts.
PSLA's Top Ten or so Nonfiction Titles 2011