"This series has books for a variety of grade levels. Some suit the K–2 crowd, while others are better for grades 3–4 or 5–6. The strength of the series is that the format is the same in every book. Each begins with a science puzzle related to the topic. The next section introduces real-world applications of the principles or forces at work, such as magnets, weather, or human body systems. A discovery activity encourages further investigation, while another section traces the topic back in history. As the book is read, details are revealed that help the reader choose the correct solution to the puzzle. A final section discusses more real-life uses or examples. Notes in the back of the books answer questions posed throughout the text (with page references). Photos and diagrams support the text well.
VERDICT The format makes this series handy for planning class investigations." -School Library Journal
"This book explains the basics of the human body and how everything works together. The high-interest topic of soccer is used as the basis for the story, which begins with three children signing up to play soccer. Each child has a plan to help train his or her body so he or she can play well. Three plans are presented, and readers must decide which one is ideal. By the end of the book, readers will have all of the knowledge needed to confidently choose the correct answer.
An interesting and easy experiment is illustrated, which will help children understand biceps, triceps, and joints. The illustrations are important throughout the book and aid in explaining the vocabulary presented. Key vocabulary words are printed in bold font, so students and teachers can 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 the entire Norwood House Press series. The authors use questions and activities based on real-life situations to make everything relevant for young readers. Human Body: Train It Right is part of a series of books published by Norwood House Press. The authors, Emily Sohn and Katie Sharp, consulted with Edward Rock who is an Associate Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association and Chief Content Consultant." -National Science Teachers Assocation
"Part of the iScience Series, this book covers the skeletal and muscular systems in the body. It begins by asking what would be the best plan for preparing your body to play soccer. Through diagrams, definitions, and explanations the reader learns how bones and muscles work independently and as a unit. Information is given on how to keep muscles and bones healthy and answers the original question. Additional notes at the end of the book answers questions asked throughout the book." -Arlington Independent School District
"Students recognize the parts of the human body and how they work together in the various body systems. In this human body lesson, students examine the six body systems, their parts, and functions. Students complete a KWL and read. The open-ended questions provide opportunities for thought and discussion and encourage critical thinking skills. Hands on activities provide practical application. A puzzle that uses real-life situations introduces a problem that an understanding of weather can help solve. There is a section on careers in weather. Very colorful and easy to read." -Richardson School District