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Amazing Materials

Hewitt, Sally (Author)
Crabtree 2008. 32 pages
First published: 2008
Series: Amazing Science
ISBN: 9780778736271 (paperback)
9780778736134 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 530
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

The properties of different kinds of matter are discussed and illustrated in basic terms for young scientists. The language builds on definitions of matter in brief spreads, such as “What is a solid?” and “Changing shape.” Each section includes an experiment, delivering a concrete example of the principle under discussion. “What is a gas?” suggests, “Your Turn! Your breath is a kind of gas. Blow up a balloon. Watch your breath take the shape of the balloon.”

Large type will be appreciated by beginning readers. Every spread offers a list of science words that appear in the text above it. Definitions of words in boldface type can be found in a glossary at the back.

Quality photography of icebergs, molten metal and smoky fires will keep young readers turning pages. Whenever possible, the images feature children.

This fun, useful little book finishes with instructions for an experiment that will help budding scientists understand how even the air we breathe is a kind of matter. An index is also included.

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    Create a graphic organizer to differentiate between objects made from man-made materials and those made from natural materials. 

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    Create a sculpture made from recycled materials and list the materials used. Describe the benefits of recycling.

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    Try the experiment recommended at the back of the book. In your own words, explain what happened. Try other experiments with water. Take note of your hypotheses and observations in a science journal.

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    Use a graphic organizer to categorize the materials presented as solids, liquids or gases; do the same with items made of wood, paper, glass, plastic, cloth and recycled materials.

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    As you read, create a glossary of new vocabulary words. Describe five classroom objects, noting the materials from which they are made.

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    Make a collage using pictures, symbols and objects that represent each category (wood, paper, glass, plastic, cloth, solids, liquids, gas and recycled materials). Identify each object in your collage.

  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology