This book focuses on how energy is related to matter. It begins with a student-friendly problem. Pizza is on the school lunch menu, but the kitchen has lost its power. Can the cooks find a way to make lunch anyway? Three ideas are presented and investigated, so readers can arrive at the most practical answer by the end of the book.
A neat, hands-on experiment is illustrated and would be easy to adapt to a classroom or public library setting. There is an interesting section on the life of Michael Faraday, who invented the first electric generator in 1831. Children will enjoy the colorful and detailed illustrations on each page as they learn more about matter and energy. Key vocabulary words are printed in bold font, which will prompt 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 the books relevant for young readers.
National Science Teachers Association
Recommended. Describes how matter is related to energy which the human body needs to run, eat, sleep, etc. It tells what matter and energy are and gives an activity students will enjoy doing. In this series, iScience, each book has a puzzle at the beginning that encourages students to use scientific inquiry to solve by the end of the book. There is a glossary and index.
Arlington Independent School District
I like the idea of readers solving science puzzle in this series. First, the problem is stated; facts follow and then children decide what is the best solution. This is a good treatment of the subject, which is best taught through experiments. Simple descriptions made the concepts, e.g. type sof energy easy to understand.
Erie 2 Chauttauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES
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.
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