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The Kids' Book of Simple Machines
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The Kids' Book of Simple Machines
Cool Projects & Activities that Make Science Fun!
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Wheel and axle, wedge, and screw. Lever and pulley and inclined plane, too! Learning about the six simple machines has never been more fun! Through exciting science projects and activities kids can...
Wheel and axle, wedge, and screw. Lever and pulley and inclined plane, too! Learning about the six simple machines has never been more fun! Through exciting science projects and activities kids can...
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  • Wheel and axle, wedge, and screw. Lever and pulley and inclined plane, too! Learning about the six simple machines has never been more fun! Through exciting science projects and activities kids can easily do at home or school, tomorrow's scientists and engineers will have a blast learning about simple machines and how they make daily life easier. This book is the perfect STEM companion for curious minds at home or in the classroom.
    Book includes: biographical spotlights on famous scientists and inventors; introduction to each simple machine, including real-world examples & history; materials & tools list; infographics; step-by-step instructions and photos; safety information; timeline; glossary; and index

About the Author-

  • Kelly Doudna is a graphic designer and writer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has written over 200 educational books for children, including The Kid's Book of Simple Everyday Science.

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  • Booklist

    December 1, 2015
    Grades 3-6 Simple machines are all around, and this encourages young readers to spot them and, even more, to systematically record and explore the complexities of how they work. Experiments for six simple machines, organized by type (levers, wheels and axles, pulleys, etc.), provide empirical examples of how each functions. The activities, laid out with step-by-step directions, use everyday household items and include helpful, detailed photographs of the trickiest steps. After an explanation of each type of machine comes lists of commonplace examples, encouraging kids to be on the watch for the machine's practical applications. A Spotlight feature in the margins of each chapter chronicles the history of famous machines (scissors, elevators, propellers) and their creators (Galileo, George Ferris Jr.), elaborating on the foundational principles of physics. An excellent introduction to basic physics and machines as well as to the scientific method and what it means to think in a systematic and empirical way.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

  • Parents' Choice "Every so often, something happens that opens a child's perceptual portals to the wonderful world of science ... This compact, astute book could be that 'something' for early-elementary students who don't yet know how to embrace science in real-world terms. And for those who do, it will only fuel their fascination. ... For junior engineers, this is a great book; for any curious child, it could be an 'aha' moment."
  • Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC) "The layout is clean and organized. The illustrations consist mostly of full-color photographs, which are beautifully done, showing each step of the project close-up and in high-contrasting colors. The best part of the book is how the author points out machines people are likely to see every day: seesaws, window blinds, front teeth (they are wedges!), scissors and so on."
  • Booklist "Simple machines are all around, and this encourages young readers to spot them and, even more, to systematically record and explore the complexities of how they work. ... An excellent introduction to basic physics and machines as well as to the scientific method and what it means to think in a systematic and empirical way."
  • Foreword Reviews "Finding ways to pique interest, explore ideas, and create demonstrable lessons in science can be daunting for any caregiver or teacher. This book makes it easy. Full of fascinating activities and interesting facts, each section offers a fun opportunity to learn something new. The layout is clean and simple and the images clearly illustrate the ideas being discussed. Children will dive into this book full of curiosity and emerge as budding scientists and engineers. Ages 5-10."
  • Kids' BookBuzz; Susan, Age 7 "I was in a play about science superheroes and we used simple machines to solve problems. So it was fun to see some of the simple machines I learned about in this book. It is great that this book includes history as well as experiments..."
  • A Year of Reading "...packed with information, projects and activities. ... The content-specific vocabulary is woven into the text in a way that makes it very accessible to kids and the photos are used in a variety of ways so that readers can make sense of the content. Overall, a great book..."
  • Growing with Science and STEM Friday "... the perfect hands-on science book for early elementary-aged children. It has concise explanations of the science of simple machines, clear step-by-step instructions, and enticing colorful photographs of the projects. In addition, the background information in the different sections introduces children to famous scientists and inventors, from Archimedes to the Wright brothers."
  • The Styling Librarian "Fun illustrations and information abound in this collection of simple machines. ... Fantastic science introduction to simple machines for children. My favorite were the “think like a scientist" extensions connected to the lessons in addition to all the pictures that accompanied the projects and ideas. Highly recommended for those teaching about simple machines. I know this will be quite useful."
  • Teacher Dance "... not only should a school's library have one of these books, each classroom will benefit from this terrific resource. It's a book both entertaining and educational!"
  • Booklist "It's true that anyone can think like a scientist, and this title strikes a nice balance between being simple and engaging."
  • Reader's Haven Reviews "The projects are easy to understand and can be, mostly, done with everyday household items. Designed to easily stir the kids' imaginations to delve 'scientifically' into their everyday surroundings."
  • San Francisco City Book Review, 5 Stars "Kelly Doudna's wonderful book is a delight for the eyes and for developing brains. ...Kids will have so much fun doing these activities, they won't even notice there is a whole lot of learning going on."

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