This is an iScience reader filled with scientific information and investigations to carry out on the theme of Sound. It introduces scientific vocabulary in context, explaining and defining terms in an easy to understand manner. It is colourful, well illustrated by photographs and pictures. There are questions to stimulate further investigations and encouraging a ‘have a go’ attitude. The findings are also put into context in real life situations, making the learning relevant and transferrable. There are also a glossary, suggestions for further reading and additional notes to answer some of the questions asked in the book.
What a great way to encourage children to investigate Sound! This book is beautifully presented, uses correct terminology in contexts that aid understanding and helps enthuse readers about Science. This book would be great to have at home and in schools, too. As a teacher I could easily use this to introduce and encourage pupils to investigations about Sound. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it! 5 out of 5 stars
Recommended. An introduction to sound with information on what causes sound, how it travels, and why sounds are high, low, louder, and softer. Book also includes a science activity, table of contents, glossary, index, and web sites to further research sound. Good book for teaching nonfiction text features.
Arlington Independent School District
This 32-page primary science book in the iScience Readers series explains the causes of sound, reasons for high and low sounds, reasons for loud and soft sounds, and how sounds travel. Concepts are presented in a problem-based learning format, which promotes critical thinking and includes hands-on activities.
Readers are presented with a challenge: "You and your friends have a concert to perform, but you don’t have any instruments. What can you do?" The premise is carried throughout the book, and solutions are modeled.
Sound: Music to Our Ears will hold children’s attention as they learn basic concepts about sound. It includes an iScience Puzzle with an explanation of how to solve the puzzle, a discover activity, a section on "science at work," connections to history, a glossary, sources for further reading, and additional notes. The illustrations are clear photographs.
This is a high-quality, durable book with a library binding—perfect for the classroom. If you are teaching sound, this is one book you should purchase. Upper-grade teachers with special education students, as well as teachers using differentiated instruction, will also find this book to be very useful.
National Science Teachers Association, October 2011
This is one title in a series of science books by Sohn and co-author Bair. The authors attempt to help students learn more about sound. Readers are introduced to various types of sound. Explanations are also provided about pitch, how sound travels, and what makes sounds softer or louder. An index, glossary, and additional notes are included.
Richmond Public Schools
Wonderful book describing sound - how it's made, different kinds of sound, how it travels, etc. Pictures are great and the book is quite engaging. I would say 1st - 5th grades will enjoy it. Highly recommend.
Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES
This is a great series for beginning science introduction and study. Books are easy to manage both in size and amount of pages. Each book has a colorful cover wtih a round colorful picture of the subject. Inside it is packed with information with great photographs. Text is 2-3 paragraphs per page. There are additional features highlighting the topic and sub-topic headings. I like the science puzzle at the beginning - almost an ice breaker into the topic. The discovery activity is a great hands on example of the topic. Very nice series for the younger elementary.
Garland Independent School District