Let's Find Out! STEM Collection, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1625135033
  • ISBN-13: 9781625135032
  • Grade Level Range: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released August 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Engage elementary students in exploring key concepts related to physical science, space science, the human body, and weather. Informational text, accompanied by diagrams, photographs, and other images, builds understanding while encouraging readers to “find out” more.

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What Is the Water Cycle?  (ISBN-10: 1622752627 | ISBN-13: 9781622752621)

Water and the natural phases it moves through are fundamental aspects of earth science. The water cycle and each of its stages are presented in a precise and clear manner in this book, which also guides readers through the role that plants, animals, and people play in that cycle. Text boxes defining important terminology and vibrant photographs allow readers to take away exciting new information about the water we need to survive, and to understand how scientific concepts link up with the Common Core reading standards.

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What Are Natural Disasters?  (ISBN-10: 1622752724 | ISBN-13: 9781622752720)

Even though natural disasters often seem inexplicable, this text takes these destructive events caused by forces of nature and describes the fundamental science behind their occurrences. Captivating diagrams and photographs show what natural disasters such as volcanoes, hurricanes, and avalanches look like, while text boxes encourage readers to compare and contrast the causes and outcomes of these devastating incidents. Information about historic natural disasters, as well as preparedness and rescue methods, benefits any reader who seeks to understand these global happenings.

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What Is Weather?  (ISBN-10: 1622752775 | ISBN-13: 9781622752775)

This all-inclusive book takes a wide range of meteorological phenomena—including clouds, rain, snow, and fog—and examines their relationship to each other in order to explain how weather works in an easy-to-grasp way. Important scientific concepts such as energy, temperature, and electricity are described in the context of the weather cycle as well as the various climates on Earth, and how we as humans fit into the scheme. Key questions are posed to readers in textboxes to engage critical thinking skills in line with the Core Concept standards, helping connect the concepts included in the book with readers’ own observations of the real world.

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What Is a Landform?  (ISBN-10: 1622752570 | ISBN-13: 9781622752577)

Landforms is the term used to describe the various features, shapes, and types of land that cover more than a quarter of the Earth’s surface. In this fascinating book, readers can find out about the variety of land formations found around the world—including plains, mountains, canyons, and caves. In line with the Common Core Standards for reading skills, key information is highlighted in detailed captions, text boxes, and a glossary, all of which guide readers in connecting ideas about different landforms.

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What Are Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans?  (ISBN-10: 1622752821 | ISBN-13: 9781622752829)

Large bodies of water are all around us: rivers flow through our towns and cities, inland lakes collect pools of fresh water, and the salty ocean covers nearly two-thirds of the Earth’s surface. In this volume, readers will learn about the importance of these three natural sources of water, as well as their similarities and differences. Emphasis is also placed on the relationship between humans and these various water sources, both in terms of constructive use of these precious resources and the risks inherent in pollution. Readers will walk away with a better comprehension of the science behind bodies of water and the delicate balance of the ecosystem.

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What Is the Rock Cycle?  (ISBN-10: 1622752678 | ISBN-13: 9781622752676)

Although rocks may initially seem like solid, unchanging substances, they are actually made up of minerals that change forms and get recycled through many different stages. This engaging book explores the rock cycle with diagrams and detailed photographs illustrating the movement of rocks through their various states, including magma-formed igneous rock, metamorphic rock such as marble, and layered sedimentary rocks that build up over time. Also covered are the scientific processes that cause rocks to change forms and the ways in which humans have benefitted from rock’s surprising and constant transformations.

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What Is the Structure of a Plant?  (ISBN-10: 162275252X | ISBN-13: 9781622752522)

As concern for the environmental increases, the role of the plant kingdom in the balance of ecosystems has become key. This book explains how various types of plants absorb water, light, and nutrients to grow. Basic scientific concepts are elaborated in the context of the many different types of plant structures, with illustrative diagrams and sidebars showing the many adaptations distinct species have developed for survival in their surroundings. Furthermore, critical thinking questions help readers discover features common to all plants’ anatomy and their purpose in each plant’s growth.

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What Are Food Chains & Food Webs?  (ISBN-10: 1622752376 | ISBN-13: 9781622752379)

This book explains the transfer of energy between living things—known as the food chain—in a way that allows any reader to grasp the scientific principles behind food chains and food webs. The diets of herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores are explained, as well as other types of diets, and the flow of energy between these groups is made clear with arrowed diagrams and colorful pictures that show where different species derive their energy. Also examined are the effects different habitats have on the food chain, and how food chains in different environmental regions can be contrasted.

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What Are Living and Nonliving Things?  (ISBN-10: 1622752279 | ISBN-13: 9781622752270)

Key biological terms are defined in a way that all readers can understand in this book that explains the essential concepts of life processes and how living and nonliving things relate to each other. The basics of feeding, respiration, waste, and reproduction, among other important activities that sustain living things, are explained in clear, simple language, with colorful photographs to illustrate them. Non-living things are defined and described, as well. Each section also includes text boxes that define key terms and reading comprehension activities with thought-provoking questions.

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What Is a Life Cycle?  (ISBN-10: 1622752325 | ISBN-13: 9781622752324)

Each step of the life cycle for a variety of living creatures is covered in this book, guiding readers from the first stages of development for many plants and animals—including flowers, insects, fish, and mammals—through later phases and death. Also addressed are the different environments required for each step in the life cycle and the dangers these species may encounter throughout their lives. Critical thinking activities such as compare-and-contrast boxes help readers grasp general features of the life cycle and its peculiarities with each type of plant or animal.

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What Is the Structure of an Animal?  (ISBN-10: 1622752473 | ISBN-13: 9781622752478)

Being able to compare the structure and anatomy of different families of animals and detect their differences and similarities is an essential skill in life science studies. This book takes the reader through the basic anatomical features that characterize a broad range of animal families, including crustaceans, fish, and birds. Key science terms are defined, accompanied by labeled photographs that make even the most unfamiliar of animal structures easy to grasp for readers.

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What Are Habitats & Biomes?  (ISBN-10: 1622752422 | ISBN-13: 9781622752423)

The intricate relationship between living creatures and their habitats is simplified in this clear and detailed guide to the variety of environments that plants and animals inhabit. Tundra, forests, and the ocean are just a few of the many types of biomes discussed in this volume, each with a discussion of the adaptations species living there have undergone to best fit their surroundings. Key terms are defined in textboxes as well as sidebars with critical questions for the reader and compare-and-contrast activities on the various biomes covered.

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What Are Measurements?  (ISBN-10: 1622755081 | ISBN-13: 9781622755080)

The basics of measurement are an important part of the science and mathematics curriculum for students and readers. This volume is a simple and straightforward guide to measurements, including a history on how measurements were formed and have been standardized and basics on measuring distance, weight, temperature, volume, time, and more, along with information on the metric and imperial systems. Chapters contain vocabulary words and simple exercises that help to supplement the text and add an interactive, hands-on learning experience for students wanting to learn more.

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What Is Energy?  (ISBN-10: 162275493X | ISBN-13: 9781622754939)

In this engaging text, readers are introduced to basic concepts of energy and where it exists all around them, right down to matter and the atom. Fact boxes bolster vocabulary words, while "Compare and Contras" and "Think About It" boxes stimulate thinking, reading, writing, and discussion. This illuminating volume supports Common Core Science Standards, evaluation of evidence, understanding scientific theories, and connecting and relating knowledge. The lively narrative with real-world examples explains terms and concepts, and full-color photographs and illustrations energize the text.

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What Is Friction?  (ISBN-10: 1622755030 | ISBN-13: 9781622755035)

We encounter friction in our lives every day—at home, in school, at work, and at play. Readers are introduced to friction, its characteristics, and how it works in the world around us. Through clear explanations, concrete examples, and attention-grabbing photos, the author shows how this physical force operates and how it can work to both our advantage and disadvantage. Readers will be fascinated to learn the role friction plays in nature, in sports, in transportation, and many other domains.

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What Is Gravity?  (ISBN-10: 1622755138 | ISBN-13: 9781622755134)

This stimulating and accessible volume offers readers a fascinating view of a force known as gravity. Readers examine many scientific concepts, including Newton's laws of gravity, mass and gravitational forces, galaxies, satellites, Earth's solar system, centrifugal force, tides, and erosion. Vocabulary boxes provide additional guidance to readers, and the Compare and Contrast and Think About It sidebars give students opportunities to ponder concepts in fun and creative ways; for example, "Earth has more mass than Mars. If you stepped on a scale on Mars, would you weigh more or less than you do on Earth? Why?"

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What Is Magnetism?  (ISBN-10: 1622754980 | ISBN-13: 9781622754984)

Answering its own title question, this book takes the mystery out of magnets and magnetism in language that younger readers can readily understand. Common Core Standards in the physical sciences were considered when determining what material should be covered. Polarity, magnetic fields, electromagnetics, the difference between soft and hard magnets, and the ways in which magnets are used in industry, medicine, and everyday life are among the topics covered. Boxed inserts define terminology and challenge readers by posing questions suggested by the narrative. Suggested experiments with magnets cap this delightful volume.

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What Is Matter?  (ISBN-10: 1622754883 | ISBN-13: 9781622754885)

Everything that takes up space is made out of matter, whether it's a person, air, or a mountain. This volume covers the fundamental concepts students need to understand matter. Fact boxes highlight and further explain vocabulary words, while "Compare and Contrast" and "Think About It" boxes encourage readers to think and explore the ideas further. The lively narrative uses true-to-life examples to explain concepts, while bright color photographs and illustrations reinforce facts and examples. This informative book supports Common Core Science Standards, evaluation of evidence, understanding scientific theories, and connecting and relating knowledge. Readers will understand why matter really matters!

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What Is a Constellation?  (ISBN-10: 1622754778 | ISBN-13: 9781622754779)

To bring some semblance of order to the vast night sky, ancient astronomers assigned patterns to the stars that shown around them. These became known as constellations. This book provides insight into the scientific aspects of constellationsラas star maps and navigation toolsラas well as more fanciful interpretations, including a discussion of the zodiac. The stories associated with some of the most recognizable constellations and boxed inserts posing questions that drive readers to further investigation round out the coverage.

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What Is a Moon?  (ISBN-10: 1622754670 | ISBN-13: 9781622754670)

Readers discover the difference between natural and human-made satellites in this entertaining volume. The narrative reveals fun facts about various moons in the Earth's solar system, such as Earth's moon and how it might have been formed, the moons of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, and those of the dwarf planet Pluto. It also explains the terms "orbit," "spin," "rotation," and "eclipse." The volume provides Think About It boxes to pose questions for readers' consideration. There are also vocabulary boxes and Compare and Contrast sidebars to engage readers' intellect.

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What Is a Planet?  (ISBN-10: 1622754573 | ISBN-13: 9781622754571)

The wide range of planets in our small solar system alone is remarkable--giant planets; dwarf planets; rocky, watery, and gaseous planets; frigid planets and blazing-hot planets; and planets surrounded by rings or multiple moons. Then travel beyond our solar system and begin exploring the so-called exoplanets, and the variety is even more dazzling. Even readers who think they know everything about planets will find much to intrigue, excite, and thrill them here, including fascinating facts, the latest findings, and eye-popping, full-color, high-definition photos and explanatory graphics. A must-have foundational resource for every burgeoning space scientist.

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What Is a Sun?  (ISBN-10: 162275462X | ISBN-13: 9781622754625)

This simple guide to the sun and stars will engage readers with the fundamentals of astronomy, detailing how the heavenly bodies affect one another and how they ultimately affect us. The material covers basic science curriculum for this reading level, making it an important supplement for students who want to study independently, teachers who want to provide supplemental materials, or readers who simply want to know more about the universe. The accessible and straightforward language makes this volume and intriguing read.

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What Is an Object in the Sky?  (ISBN-10: 1622754727 | ISBN-13: 9781622754724)

When people think of objects in the sky, they may think of planets, the sun, moon, and constellations. Many other bodies orbit Earth and the sun, however. The sky below Earth's atmosphere holds many interesting objects as well. We may not need a telescope to see them, but they are no less awe-inspiring. Readers are introduced to the dazzling phenomena of stars, galaxies, lightning, meteoroids, comets, auroras, rainbows, black holes, and even satellites and space junk. Any reader who has ever looked up at the sky in awe and wonder will find much to thrill to in these pages.

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What Is the Milky Way?  (ISBN-10: 1622754824 | ISBN-13: 9781622754823)

The Milky Way is just one of billions of galaxies in the universe. Yet by exploring the galaxy we call home, we have been able to uncover some of the universe's many unknowns. This illuminating volume carefully breaks down the features of the Milky Way galaxy. It explains such characteristics as size, shape, and age; examines planets, stars, and star clusters; and delves into such concepts as black holes and dark matter. Important terms are explained, and, throughout the text, readers are invited to think critically about pertinent questions and concepts.

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The Bones in Your Body  (ISBN-10: 1622756274 | ISBN-13: 9781622756278)

The Bones in Your Body, part of the Let's Find Out! The Human Body series, focuses on the spine, hands, skull and other key bone groupings of the human skeletal system. Aimed at grades 3-5, the informative volume also discusses broken bones, bone diseases, and bone replacement and includes colorful photos and diagrams.

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The Lungs in Your Body  (ISBN-10: 1622756312 | ISBN-13: 9781622756315)

The Lungs in Your Body, part of the Let's Find Out! The Human Body series, offers a lively yet straightforward overview of the parts of the body involved with breathing and the respiratory system. Aimed at students of grades 3-6, the book is filled with vibrant photos and diagrams.

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The Stomach and Intestines in Your Body  (ISBN-10: 1622756355 | ISBN-13: 9781622756353)

The Stomach and Intestines in Your Body, part of the Let's Find Out! The Human Body series, teaches young readers about all the parts of the digestive system and explains how the food they eat is processed by their bodies and turned into fuel for energy. Aimed at students in grades 3-6, the informative volume includes colorful photos and diagrams, plus vocabulary and critical thinking boxes to make learning fun and interactive.

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The Brain in Your Body  (ISBN-10: 1622756398 | ISBN-13: 9781622756391)

In The Brain in Your Body, part of the Let's Find Out! The Human Body series, the complex biology behind thought and sensation is explained in a way that is clear and comprehensive for lower elementary readers. Each part of the brain and its function is presented with diagrams and eye-catching images that help navigate the anatomy of the brain.

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The Heart and Blood in Your Body  (ISBN-10: 1622756436 | ISBN-13: 9781622756438)

The Heart and Blood in Your Body, part of the Let's Find Out! The Human Body series, introduces young readers to the human heart and its function. Geared towards grades 3-6, this enthralling book also explains the circulatory system and how the blood and its pathways operate. Vocabulary boxes explain new words, Think About It sections pose questions for readers' consideration, and Compare and Contrast sidebars engage readers' minds.

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The Skin on Your Body  (ISBN-10: 1622756479 | ISBN-13: 9781622756476)

The Skin on Your Body, part of the Let's Find Out! The Human Body series, is a close-up look at skin aimed at students in grades 3-6. The colorful and informative guide explains why there are different skin textures, tones and pigmentation and how the skin works and protects itself. Think About It, Compare and Contrast, and Vocabulary boxes also get readers to think more deeply about the text, while highlighting and defining more difficult terms.

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The Eyes in Your Body  (ISBN-10: 1622757734 | ISBN-13: 9781622757732)

The Eyes in Your Body, part of the Let's Find Out! The Human Body series, delves into the structure of the eye and the mechanics of human vision. Aimed at students in grades 3-6, this work also describes common vision problems and how to treat them. Each concept is fully explained and illustrated in full color, comprising a fundamental guide to vision.

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The Muscles in Your Body  (ISBN-10: 1622756541 | ISBN-13: 9781622756544)

The Muscles in Your Body, part of the Let's Find Out! The Human Body series, is a colorful guide for students in grades 3-6 to learn about the different kinds of muscles in the human body and how they function. Labeled diagrams complement the text and highlight important muscles in the body, while boxed questions encourage readers to think critically about the information they learn.

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What Are the Elements of the Weather?  (ISBN-10: 1622757785 | ISBN-13: 9781622757787)

What Are the Elements of Weather? part of the Let's Find Out! Weather series and is aimed at students in grades 3-6. The stimulating guide explores all the facets of weather, including temperature, wind, humidity, clouds, precipitation, and atmospheric pressure. The guide also examines weather satellites, Tornado Alley, condensation, and the water cycle.

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What Are Weather and Climate?  (ISBN-10: 1622757823 | ISBN-13: 9781622757824)

In What Are Weather and Climate?, part of the Let's Find Out! Weather series, students in grades 3-6 learn how weather and climate are different yet also have an impact upon each other. Eye-catching diagrams and pictures help to illustrate the featured scientific concepts.

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What Is the Atmosphere and How Does It Circulate?  (ISBN-10: 1622757866 | ISBN-13: 9781622757862)

In What Is the Atmosphere and How Does It Circulate?, part of the Let's Find Out! Weather series, students in grades 3-6 can learn about the atmosphere's layers, composition, and evolution. Readers will also learn about the greenhouse effect, as well as the problematic effects of air pollution. An information-packed, accessible resource on an important Earth science topic.

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What Are Air Masses and Weather Fronts?  (ISBN-10: 1622757904 | ISBN-13: 9781622757909)

What Are Air Masses and Weather Fronts? This guide aimed at students in grade 3-6 discusses the differences between the various weather fronts and explains how they generate the weather we experience. It also examines the relationship between weather fronts, air masses, jet streams, and related events, such as El Niño.

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What Are Weather Instruments?  (ISBN-10: 1622757947 | ISBN-13: 9781622757947)

What Are Weather Instruments? This informative guide delves into the technology used to measure weather variables such as air pressure, humidity, and wind strength. Aimed at grades 3-5, the work includes clear insights and colorful illustrations into the world of meteorology.

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What Is Weather Forecasting?  (ISBN-10: 162275798X | ISBN-13: 9781622757985)

What Is Weather Forecasting? In this lower elementary–level guide to meteorology, both the science and basic premises of weather forecasting are explained in dynamic, full-color spreads. Think About It, Compare and Contrast, and Vocabulary boxes also get readers to think more deeply about the text, while highlighting and defining more difficult terms.

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