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Explore Electricity! (Explore Your World)by Carmella Van Vleet
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Given the pace of how we harness and utilize electricity, as well as the importance of developing new sources of energy, electricity is a timely subject for kids to explore. In Explore Electricity! With 25 Great Projects, kids ages 6-9 will learn the basics of electricity: currents, circuits, power, magnetism and electromagnetism, motors and generators. Theyll become more attuned to how much they rely on electricity in their daily lives. Theyll also understand that while electricity is a wonderful resource, and one weve used to our advantage ever since it was discovered, the future of how we make and use electricity is still changing and there are things they can do today to impact these changes.
This title invites kids to experiment on their own with 25 simple projects that will spark” their learning and enthusiasm, including making their own clothespin switch, lemon battery, compass, electromagnet, and flashlight, as well as generating their own lightning.” These hands-on activities combined with informational text will excite kids about STEM? the interrelated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Explore Electricity! meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.
Serving as an introduction to electricity, this activity book explains the workings of batteries, simple circuits, conductors and insulators, motors and generators, electricity and magnetism, and the steps being taken toward more Earth-friendly electricity. The 25 simple projects—which include making a clothespin switch, a lemon battery, a compass, an electromagnet, a flashlight, and generating “lightning”—will reinforce the lessons through fun and experience, and young readers will advance their understanding of electricity further with the fun bits of trivia, sidebars, and jokes found throughout the book. Combining smart content presented in digestible chapters with engaging illustrations that flesh out explanations, the book is equal parts education and entertainment.
About the Author
Carmella Van Vleet is the author of several books for Nomad Press including Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build Yourself, Explore Ancient Egypt!, Seven Wonders of the World, and Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself. Her work has been featured in Highlights, Parenting, and Scholastic Instructor. Carmella lives in Lewis Center, Ohio.
Bryan Stone is a cartoonist who graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated several books for Nomad Press including Explore Night Science!, Explore Rivers and Ponds!, Explore Rocks and Minerals!, Explore Flight!, and Explore Electricity!. Bryan lives in Hartland, Vermont.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Lets Explore Electricity
Chapter 1: Static Electricity
Chapter 2: Currents
Chapter 3: Circuits
Chapter 4: Electromagnetism
Chapter 5: Motors and Generators
Chapter 6: Earth-Friendly Electricity
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