Explore Atoms And Molecules!: With 25 Great Projects by Janet SlingerlandExplore Atoms And Molecules!: With 25 Great Projects by Janet Slingerland

Explore Atoms And Molecules!: With 25 Great Projects

byJanet SlingerlandIllustratorMatt Aucoin

Paperback | April 11, 2017

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Atoms and molecules are the basic building blocks of matter. Matter is every physical thing around us in the universe, including our own bodies! InExplore Atoms and Molecules! With 25 Great Projects, readers ages 7 to 10 investigate the structure of atoms and learn how atoms fit together to form molecules and materials.If everything is made out of atoms and molecules, why do people look different from dogs and doorknobs? InExplore Atoms and Molecules, readers discover that the characteristics of a material are determined by the way the atoms and molecules connect, and study how chemical reactions change these connections to create everything we know. This book discusses the elements on the periodic table and why they are grouped into families, encouraging the exploration of meaningful classification systems. States of matter and mixtures and compounds round out the exploration of atoms and molecules!This book supports the maker movement with lots of hands-on activities that illuminate the concepts of chemistry. Readers build 3-D models of molecules and create a periodic table guessing game. Fascinating sidebars offer opportunities for readers to connect the text with real-world science, and cartoon illustrations provide a fun foundation for learning.
Janet Slingerland studied engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Drexel University. She has written many science books for children, includingThe Secret Lives of Plants!, which was named a Top 40 YA nonfiction book by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. Janet lives in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Matt Aucoin hold...
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Title:Explore Atoms And Molecules!: With 25 Great ProjectsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.22 inPublished:April 11, 2017Publisher:Nomad PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1619304953

ISBN - 13:9781619304956

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Table of Contents


. Timeline

. Introduction: Atoms and Molecules Matter

Point a Masterpiece

Piecing It Together

Is Air Really Matter?

. Chapter 1: Atomic Arrangement

Plate Some Helium

Spinning Oxygen

Magnet Magic

. Chapter 2: Elementary

Color Code the Periodic Table

Describe It!

Element Catcher

Element Superhero

. Chapter 3: Atoms Get Happy

Electron Dance

Make Electrons Spin

Puzzling Atoms

Marsh-Molecules

. Chapter 4: Mixing it Up

Find-It Mix

What's In the Ink?

Chemical Hunt

Finding the Solution

. Chapter 5: Changeable Materials

States In a Bag

Frozen

How Slow Can It Go?

. Chapter 6: Getting a Reaction

Penny Chemistry

Baking Soda Popper

Sweet Reaction

Elemental Mad Lib

Glossary

Metric Conversions

Resources

Essential Questions

Index

Editorial Reviews

Booklist May 15 spotlight: Atoms and molecules certainly cannot be seen with the naked eye, but that doesn't mean that budding scientists cannot learn about their properties in observable and interactive ways. Slingerland utilizes an inquiry-based approach to studying the building blocks of matter, positing questions to readers that serve as the basis of each experiment and encourages young scientists to keep a notebook recording their hypotheses, observations, and conclusions. The complexityof concepts ranges from extremely straightforward (building a model of an atom using bottle tops) to more advanced (creating dot diagrams to represent covalent bonds). Scannable QR codes and keyword search terms are included in the margins and provide instant access to online information and primary sources that compliment each experiment. Tools for information literacy, such as graphs, diagrams, and tables, comprise a bulk of each experiment's directions and explanation. By conducting these experiments, young readers get a chance to observe even the most microscopic aspects of physical science."School Library ConnectionUtilizing inquiry-based methods to approach the conceptualization of atomic and molecular structure and behavior, Slingerland expands readers' knowledge with spot-on, age-appropriate content. Information and instruction are divided up into well-organized chapters that include unique and engaging project activities. The projects help the reader understand scientific concepts and visualize the "invisible" subjects of study through activities based in a multitude of disciplines. In addition to engaging project experiments, scannable QR codes instantly link readers to enriched content online. Important vocabulary and keywords are boldly highlighted and defined in sidebars on each page. Each chapter sharpens critical thinking by including engaging questions that lead the reader to consider and discuss particular elements of the information provided. Text design, graphs, charts, and illustrations all work together to keep readers engaged without overwhelming them. The content can be weighty at times, but the book's layout and design keeps the tone from getting bogged down. Cartoonish illustrations and brightly colored page layouts also help to engage younger and reluctant readers by cutting down the intimidation factor. If you are looking for an engaging addition to your collection that can be enjoyed on its own or as a supplement to curriculum, then look no further. This title promises to beef up your STEM collection in an approachable, fun way.Highly Recommended"