Synopses & Reviews
From zippers to the Pyramids, rolling pins to catapults, we are surrounded by simple machines. This book will amaze kids with the ingenuity they already possess and inspire them to look differently at the objects they use everyday.
Explore Simple Machines! With 25 Great Projects introduces kids to the concept of mechanical advantage,” and harnesses kid-power by inviting them to build machines of their own design. It opens their eyes to the diversity of machines in their lives, and sparks the imagination with challenge, humor, and achievable projects.
Explore Simple Machines! dedicates a chapter to each of the six simple machines that were identified centuries ago: levers, inclined planes, pulleys, screws, wedges, and wheels and axles. Kids will develop analytical skills as they figure out where force is applied and what kind of work it generates. This book 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.
Investigating the common contraptions that make so much possible—from zippers and rolling pins to catapults and the pyramids—this book encourages kids to look differently at the numerous objects in everyday life. Each chapter is dedicated to one of the six straightforward implements that are at the core of daily activity: levers, inclined planes, pulleys, screws, wedges, and wheels and axles. Using only discarded items from the recycling bin, this guide harnesses kid-power by inviting young readers to build gadgets of their own design, including a working crane, a drawbridge, a car made of fruit peels, and an actual whirligig. Short biographies are also featured throughout, illustrating the influential personalities behind the breakthroughs.
About the Author
Anita Yasuda is a qualified Montessori and early childhood education teacher and the author of more than 20 books, including the Being Green series, Explore Native American Culture!
, Explore the Solar System!
, Explore Water!
, Greetings from Buffalo
, and Hello Kitty: Cute, Creative and Collectible
. She lives in Huntington Beach, California.
Bryan Stone is a cartoonist who graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies and is the illustrator of Explore Life Cycles!, Explore Night Science!, Explore Rivers and Ponds!, Explore Rocks and Minerals!, Explore the Solar System!, and Explore Transportation!. He lives in Hartland, Vermont.