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  • Item #: 017085
    ISBN: 9780205309023
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    Too often, English teachers make the English language more complicated than it needs to be. Not so with the late Prof. William Strunk Jr., who originally authored this work to use with his classes at Cornell University in the early 1900's. Although the original 43-page digest has "swelled" to a whopping 85 pages, the essence of the book remains a strong case for cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity. Think of this as a concise rulebook for English. Rules are given, followed by examples of improper and proper usage. If you could only have one book on language usage, this should be it.

  • Item #: 057468
    ISBN: 9781411470484
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    Publisher description: This six-page chart covers the following topics: Narrative, Elements of Style Poetry, Common Literary Forms and Genres, Literary Movements and Periods, & Literary Theory and Criticism

  • Item #: 039702
    ISBN: 9780439640435
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    If you don't have much time to monitor your student's reading, try this reproducible book. For each of the literary elements (setting, plot, character, conflict, theme, point of view, and author's style), it includes nine activities for students to complete. Students can use the activities with any book of their (or your) choice. The reproducible activity sheets feature templates, easy-to-follow directions, grading criteria, and examples. The activities are varied, so students won't get bored completing them, and they can't fake their way through; a good understanding of the reading is needed. For example, for setting, students create a diorama of one of the key scenes in the book; for plot, students make a scrapbook of the main events in their book; for character, students compare and contrast a character with themselves by making a comparison poster; for point of view, students rewrite a part of the story from another point of view and analyze how it changes the story, and so on. Besides the activity sheets in this book, students will need a few art supplies like construction paper, markers, index cards, etc. The projects provide a great way to engage students and make sure they're getting the most out of what they are reading, without requiring much teacher help. A student contract and daily log for keeping track of reading are included. 112 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 047093
    ISBN: 9780439027991
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    From the same publisher and series as Teaching Literary Elements with Chapter Books, students can learn literary elements using picture books. You usually don't find short, illustrated picture books being used at the middle school level, but they are something familiar to students from their childhood and can be used effectively. Students will learn about point of view, theme, voice, imagery, simile, metaphor, personification, irony, satire, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, idiom, parody, word choice, and style and be introduced to methods and ideas for transferring writing skills and literary devices from literature to their writing. There are 15 lessons in this book, and each begins by identifying a literary device, its definition, and an example. Selected literature for that particular element is listed along with 2 additional selections for the purpose of expanding on the element. A materials and reproducibles list for each lesson is printed on the first page of each lesson and 'before, during, and after' reading strategies are offered. A writing activity and lesson extensions are given in each lesson and may include writing ideas for the alternative literature selections or options for crossing over to other content areas. Reproducible forms and organizers are found in the back of the book. The picture books utilized in the book are from 2000 to 2007 and include titles like Elephant Dance to illustrate simile, The School is not White for the subject of theme, and Scoop for the device of voice. This 80-page book offers an alternative way of teaching, and allows students to connect with familiar books while learning the literary elements.

  • Item #: 026107
    ISBN: 9780753460856
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    This very "personable" introduction to the elements presents each element as if it were a person, with character traits that correspond to its elemental attributes. After a brief introduction on the periodic table and its organization, we jump right into the chapters. Chapters cover the periodic table from left to right, and include hydrogen, the alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, transition elements, boron elements, carbon elements, nitrogen elements, oxygen elements, noble gases, lanthanides and actinides, and the transactinides. Each chapter opens with a paragraph or two that addresses all elements in that group (or family), and discusses how they are alike. Following this, we look at a few of the elements in the family individually. Each individual profile provides a list of information including symbol, atomic number, color, standard state, classification, density, melting point, boiling point, and date of discovery. This is followed by a conversational paragraph that sounds as if it were written by the element itself! For example, Tin's information states "I am a wily old metal with a long and distinguished history. Starting way back in the Bronze Age, I have been the ultimate mixer for metals." The information shared here is simple enough for children to understand, and covers some of the interesting uses, past and present, for each element. A cute aspect of the book is the illustrations, which are bold, edgy graphics that depict each element as a human or animal-like form with features that correspond with their attributes. As an added bonus, an illustrated periodic table poster is included at the end of the book, each element portrayed with its character from the book. Entertaining, visually pleasing, and even funny, this is probably the most interesting introduction to the elements I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing! 128 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 062046
    ISBN: 9780753471975
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    Updated and expanded – this new edition introduces your students to even more characters of the Periodic Table (all 118 of them!). Now 192 pages the chapters include Alkali Metals, Alkaline Earth Metals, Transition Elements, Boron Elements, Carbon Elements, Nitrogen Elements, Oxygen Elements, Halogen Elements, Noble Gases, Lanthanoid Elements, Actinoid Elements and the Superheavies (elements 104-112). Each element is represented by a little animated character (much like Anime) and accompanied by that element’s data– symbol, atomic number, atomic weight, color, standard state, density, melting point, boiling point, date of discovery or earliest known use and classification. A summary, written in first person, tells the reader a little more about the element.

    A poster of the Periodic Table is included in the back of the book (perforated for easy removal), and includes the whimsical, animated character for each. This is a fun reference that reminds us that chemistry doesn’t have to be boring and dull; it can also be full of personality! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 008571
    ISBN: 9781557086556
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    Roughly one-third of this reproducible activity book is devoted to describing various types of literature, both fiction and nonfiction. Novels, short stories, myths and fables, biographies/autobiographies, diaries/histories, essays, poetry, and dramatic literature are all covered. This section is followed by a brief review via crossword puzzle. The remainder of the book explores the following literary elements: plot, theme, characterization, setting, mood, conflict, point of view, symbolism, foreshadowing and flashback, personification and hyperbole, irony, simile, metaphor, satire, dialogue, suspense, and poetic devices. A literary review page, this time in matching format, closes the 28-page booklet. Exercises throughout the book present explanations of the constructs and require written student response, ranging from short answers to lists to full paragraph exposition.

  • Item #: 004201
    ISBN: 9780486600888
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    This unabridged Dover edition contains the complete English text (translated by Sir Thomas Heath) of the Elements, written by the famous Greek mathematician Euclid, plus a critical apparatus which analyzes each definition, postulate, and proposition in great detail. It encompasses almost 2500 years of mathematical and historical study, and though the material is fairly old, it's still considered by many to be the standard by which all other geometry texts are measured. The book is divided into sections, the first of which introduces the life and other works of Euclid, Greek and Islamic commentators,

    surviving manuscripts, translations, bases of Euclid's thoughts, and Books I and II of the

    Elements (which cover straight lines, intersection of lines, angles, triangles, parallelograms, etc.). It covers the basics of geometry while Books III to XIII (which are not included in this edition) expand upon the info and add details on the more complicated aspects of geometry. Hundreds of figures help illustrate the proofs and rules that are explained. Like many Dover editions, lots of text is crammed onto one page to make the book shorter and more affordable. No practice exercises or reviews are provided, but the rules of geometry are explained with examples in a very straightforward way. 432 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 028151
    ISBN: 9780545052566
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    Parents want their children to be good readers and effective writers, but how do you teach these skills in a way that is engaging for kids? What if you have a reluctant reader or writer in middle school, or even in high school? Literary elements such as character, setting, point of view and theme are not just for college-bound kids to study. All students can improve their reading comprehension with a better understanding of these elements. Authors Michael Smith and Jeff Wilhelm have two goals in this book: 1) to foster a deep appreciation for and understanding of literature, and 2) helping students read as writers, providing them with tools for their own creative writing. Each chapter covers an element listed above with activities and models for your student.

    While this looks like a workbook, it is mostly reading. Parents can read this to help them teach their middle school students, or older kids can read it to teach themselves. It explains the what, why and how of teaching literary elements to students. Plenty of examples demonstrate the points being made. A helpful resource parents and teachers will turn to again and again for literature class. 208 pgs, pb. ~Sara

  • Item #: 055765
    ISBN: 9781623410186
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    There's nothing like a good resource to make you feel more confident as a teacher. And this is a GOOD resource for anyone teaching classes or students using the IEW writing methodology. The IEW elements of style can be a bit challenging, particularly the advanced dress-ups and decorations. This resource manual (available previously only as a download from IEW) is full of lesson ideas, samples from classic literature, exercises, and games. For your students there are lots of reproducible (for a family or class) student lesson pages plus master sheets to enable them to prepare a personal collection of style elements. For you there is a complete answer key, a selected bibliography, a review game and two versions (for younger and older students respectively) of a simile game. About half of the book is game pieces printed on colored cardstock. 125 pgs. spiral-bound ~ Janice
  • Item #: 029539
    ISBN: 9781603761987
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    If your visual learner needs to learn and remember the elements of the Periodic Table, this is the perfect product. This deck of cards offers photos of the 118 elements based on Theodore Gray's book The Elements along with a lot of information. These aren't your average flash cards! These 4x4 inch cards are glossy finished heavy cardstock and can stand up to hours of viewing. Along with one card for each of the elements, there are other helpful cards in the set. One card offers an explanation of the Periodic Table and suggested activities for the cards like spelling words using the atomic symbol, element scrabble, go fish, or just as flash cards. Another card tells how to read the element cards with explanations of each item on the card. A third card explains the different arrangements of the Periodic Table – standard, wide form, Scerri standard, and Scerri wide form. 2 cards for Actinides and Lanthanides, and another card which lists the elements according to various properties and is used with one of the activities.

    On the front of each card you will see a beautiful, clear photo of the element, the atomic symbol, atomic number, name, and atomic weight. On the reverse you will find a large amount of information for that particular element – atomic symbol, number, radius in picometers, name, crystal structure, mini electron shell diagram, placement on the Periodic Table, density, melting and boiling point, electronegativity, number of valences, electron shells, and percent found in the universe, earth's crust, oceans, and humans, when it was discovered, and other basic information. A bar graph at the left of the card shows its placement on the density scale, a bar graph on the right shows the temperature range for solid, liquid, and glass states of the element, and the graph at the bottom shows the electron orbital filling order. Wow, that is a lot of information in one compact place, but everything is placed in such a way that the information is easy to read and isn't super overwhelming.

    If you have a student who needs a wonderful visual aid for science, this would be it. They can be used with middle-school age students as well as high school as a helpful reference tool. No one would mind studying the elements when the cards are as interesting and gorgeous as these. - Donna

  • Item #: 030500
    ISBN: 9780439365345
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    It makes perfect sense to use favorite books to learn about literary elements. Students will learn about character as they read Amber Brown is Not a Crayon, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Dear Mr. Henshaw, and Holes. How to Eat Fried Worms, Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and Bud, Not Buddy are used to teach plot. Sarah, Plain and Tall, Knights of the Kitchen Table, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler help students understand setting. Theme is taught using StoneFox, The Whipping Boy, The Prince of the Pond, and Shiloh (books are not included).

    Each section of this book includes an explanation of the literary element, its importance to the story, an example of its use in the featured book, and a lesson for each book. Within each lesson you will find a story summary, learning goals, discussion starters, and activities (2 per story) to be completed, such as graphic organizers, writing exercises, making games, and a variety of other activities. For example, after students read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory they make their own tourist brochure highlighting the interesting parts of the chocolate factory. Students make a snapshot timeline for the events of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Encourage a love of reading and learning through the content of this book. Activity pages are reproducible for classroom or family use. 96 pages, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 035215
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    A colorful, easy-to-read chart of the elements.
  • Item #: 056598
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    Sometimes all your budding artist needs is a model to follow and lots of practice. Author and former Walt Disney animation artist Bruce McIntyre covers a lot of drawing tips in a unique, appealing way. Rather than starting at the beginning and running through basic art concepts, here you get a condensed page of hand-drawn illustrations that exemplify the element covered on that page. A short explanation or tip on that element appears at the bottom, and the fun illustrations offer tips themselves through word balloons and signs as part of the drawing. This is not a step-by-step how to guide. The pages look rather like a comic book done in black and white. Each page covers a specific element and the illustrations depict how to use it effectively. Even the titles across the top of each page are visually exciting as they illustrate the element being taught on that page. Over 60 tips are explored and include: grouping, stripes, balance, variety, tilt, shading, sunbursts, texture & more. With the simple explanations and apt illustrations, students will quickly grasp each element and be ready to incorporate it into their own sketches. It is a small book at 5.5 x 8.5" and 61 pp, just right for throwing into a portfolio with a sketchpad! If your student is into illustration, graphic design, cartooning or such, they will appreciate the lessons found here. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 054479
    ISBN: 9781931181921
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    Do you have a budding writer in your home? He or she will love this journal, which is all about outlining the elements of a story. I can see it being used one of two ways: to analyze literature, or to outline your own story. Either way, there's enough space for 40 stories, so you'll be set for a while. The story elements you'll record in this journal are: setting, characters (and their characterizations), point of view and mood, plot, theme, conflict, climax, and resolution. There's an element guide on the inside of the cover that briefly explains each one. You'll also be able to record the title of the story, the date you've journaled it, the author, number of pages, total wordcount, and the average number of words per page. –Chad

  • Item #: 062466
    ISBN: 9780741484611
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    If you have ever called our office to ask about appropriate curriculum for your child, you may have been asked the question, "How does your child learn?" This is a common topic among our consultants since we do understand that children—as well as adults—learn differently. Many times parents don't know how to answer the question of learning style, and this book is here to help.

    The authors take the time to explain the different styles of learning and offer simple assessments to help the parent make a determination concerning their own children. They not only help you assess, but offer suggestions on how to teach children in each category. The book is 250+ pages, and worth every minute you will spend reading it. Learn about your child's disposition, talents, interests, learning modality, and appropriate learning environment. After finishing this book, you may make some changes in your homeschool approach. This book also makes suggestions on how to talk to your child's teacher about how he/she learns.

    Every child learns differently, and this book will help you figure out the strengths and weaknesses of your child's learning style. pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 046811
    ISBN: 9781566441865
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    With plenty of examples from classic and modern literature, this book teaches students about a variety of literary terms and devices. The following concepts are covered: plot, conflict, character, setting, point of view, style, mood, theme, tone, and genre. Each element is defined and then explained with examples from literary excerpts. Exercises help students develop and apply their skills in these areas. For example, in the "Story Elements" section, there are exercises requiring students to match up cause and effect statements and sequence of events based on context clues. Short answer and writing activities are also featured throughout the book. One assignment requires students to write a paragraph from different points of view, while another asks students to describe the tone and mood of a book they've recently read. Vocabulary words appear in bold throughout the lessons, and each term has about 2-3 pages of examples and exercises. An appendix contains a story elements chart, a character development chart, glossary, answer key, and bibliography. Reproducible. 80 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 060061
    ISBN: 9780545195720
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    Poetry is a perfect avenue for teaching literary elements. They are typically short, allowing you to focus on particular elements without losing sight of the poem as a whole. This book has 12 reproducible lessons, each following the same format. First comes a definition of the literary element and suggestions for introducing it and the poem to your students, a vocabulary box, reading the poem aloud, discussion and activity suggestions, a writing activity and some ideas to extend the lesson. In the back of the book is a glossary of key terms and reproducible activity pages (graphic organizers) to help students understand the literary elements. Terms learned are plot, setting, character, theme, symbolism, metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia, mood and poetic patterns. The poems themselves are as varied as the literary elements. Some are quite short, only a couple are longer, but still not more than a page. The subjects have broad appeal and are very well chosen to demonstrate the elements. A ballad called “The Golden Vanity” teaches plot and a short one called “Quilt” demonstrate symbolism, for example. If you are wanting to add poetry and are not sure how, this book walks you through the process in a very user-friendly presentation. 96pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 022505
    ISBN: 9781580138246
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    The 14 different styles of painting are described in this succinct book. A reproduction of a famous painting depicting the style is shown on the left side of the layout with detailed descriptions of the style on the right side. Information on the style includes a definition, when and where it was popular, famous artists, important characteristics, and why the reproduction is a good example. This book is a great introduction to style and can be used as a reference in identifying pieces of art. ~ Alissa

  • Item #: 029753
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  • Item #: 013258
    ISBN: 9781937200619
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    Chemistry is an interesting topic and now you can introduce your junior high students to the elements in a fun and interactive way. Using the Elemental Journal, Periodic Table of Videos (free at periodicvideos.com), the Periodic Table: Elements with Style (#062046), and the Elements: Building Blocks of the Universe (#052403). Together, these books and videos will engage your students as they research, write and catalog 42 of the 144 known elements. An optional resource is the Elements by Theodore Gray (#059369), which is a favorite of mine – beautiful and engaging – it will enhance your study! Easy to use with a group or individual, every section of the book is formatted the same. The journal is 51 pages (consumable and not reproducible), and is divided into elemental groups: alkali, alkaline, transition, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, halogens, noble gases, lanthanides & actinides, and superheavies (elements 104-112). Complete an introduction to elements by reading the required pages (page numbers are referenced) in Periodic Table: Elements with Style and Elements: The Building Blocks of the Universe, fill in the information and now you’re ready to begin your study of the elemental groups. Every group begins with a reading assignment that gives general information about that group and students are asked to research the required and recommended resources and write a paragraph about their discoveries. Students are then asked to fill in the element data, draw a picture and write 3 interesting facts about the element. Then watch the video on the particular element and summarize the information from the video into a few sentences. There are from 1 to 5 elements in each group. The journal tells you a specific one to do in each group then you get to choose the others – in which are you interested? As a companion for the Elemental Journal the videos, taught by a team of ten expert scientists and staff from the University of Nottingham (a colorful group of knowledgeable characters) teach you about the elements. Each video shows how the element is used, its familiar forms and more. The fun demonstrations will show things you might never see except in their controlled setting, such as exploding a hydrogen-filled balloon. Besides the videos referenced in the journal, you can also watch videos for the other elements and a variety of other informative chemistry/science videos. We watched them just for fun! I mentioned earlier that you could use this as an introductory course at the junior high level. Don’t limit yourself to that! This could be used at either the junior high or high school level as a companion to your curriculum. Of note with the Elemental Journal –specific pages in the ©2007 edition of Periodic Table: Elements of Style (#026107) are referenced and required. This book is now out of print and has been replaced by the ©2015 Complete Periodic Table: More Elements with Style (#062046). Page numbers are different, but you can print out a PDF file with the cross-referenced pages of the old and new versions of this book. If you want to do deeper research in any given area, you may want to go to the library or spend time on the Internet, but the resources given here will really get you off to a good start in understanding the elements of the Periodic Table. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 045291
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    When it comes to hands-on projects, there seem to be two kinds of people in the world: those who want to assemble all the pieces necessary in the least expensive way and those who just want a complete kit so they don't have to run around and purchase supplies. If you're one of the latter, you will appreciate the wide range of equipment and tools included in this kit, as well as the comprehensive experiment guide. Like other kits from Thames & Kosmos, this one is well-produced and includes quality materials and a full-color experiment manual. The manual includes instructions for completing 100 experiments in the areas of physical science, earth and space science, and life science with specific chapters for experiments on: water, air, heat, sound, forces, magnets, electricity, electromagnetism, light and shadow, optical instruments, plants and animals, colors, human body, earth and sun, and chemistry. Looking through the manual, I recognize many experiments that are common middle-school fare such as weighing balloons with different amounts of air to show that air does have weight, making an atomizer that displays Bernoulli's Principle, changing water to ice to water vapor, observing that water expands when frozen, observing sound waves on the surface of water, swinging a cup of water to observe centrifugal force, building simple circuits, making an electromagnet, using mirrors to explore rays of light, making a camera obscura, dying carnations by placing them in colored water, listening to your heartbeat, building a sundial and many more that are often seen in curriculums or experiment books at this level. All special equipment is included, as are common objects like balloons, straws, modeling clay and black paper. Materials needed are listed at the beginning of each activity, with materials in the kit in regular font and additional materials needed in italics. Because so much is included here, materials that you provide are "basics" like water, batteries, flashlights, newspaper, and scissors. With the breadth of topics covered, this is one science kit that you'll use again and again. – Jess

  • Item #: 022914
    ISBN: 9780979221101
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    Sure, we all study astronomy in high school, but does the astronomy you studied help you to navigate, tell time, or even identify the planets as they appear to us in the sky? Probably not, if you, like me and many others, studied astronomy primarily as ½Å"modern astronomy" which offers dazzling telescopic photos of the planets, and information based on measurements made by astronomers. So, what's the difference? Classical astronomy is based on how humans on earth view the sky, and how we can learn the patterns of movement of the sun, moon and stars and apply this knowledge for practical use. This is the way astronomy has been studied for centuries, before we developed high-tech instruments to satisfy our never-ending curiosity about the surfaces of other planets, the structure of stars and planets, and what else is out there.

    To fulfill this purpose, Signs & Seasons focuses on learning classical astronomy through the cycles of movement of celestial bodies and how these change through a day, a month, and a year. The course is written from a Biblical standpoint, and author Jay Ryan reminds us that keeping time through the days, months, and seasons were actually the purpose that the sun, moon, and stars were created. Seven chapters (and an epilogue) cover an introduction to the sky, day, night, the cycle of the month, the position of the sun in the sky and its' apparent movement to us, the cycle of the month, the seasonal stars, ½Å"wandering" stars (planets), and the calendar. Topics studied within include the divisions of the day, astronomical alignments, the circle of the meridian, phases of the moon, eclipses and why they occur, changes in the sky through the seasons, the motions of the planets, and much more. Historical information is woven throughout the text, which ties together what we observe in the skies today, and what ancient astronomers learned from viewing the same sky years ago.

    Each chapter is formatted like a science text, with very readable, fascinating text accompanied by large, clear, grayscale illustrations that follow along and offer a visual component that matches the reading. The diagrams that show the movement of the stars are especially helpful, as they show their change in position over time, from the ground, so they should be similar to what you observe in the night sky. Quotes from the Bible, famous astronomers, and various other places are scattered throughout the text, and in keeping with the ½Å"classical" theme, historical woodcuts and vintage art also accompany the text.

    Following the text portion of the book, you'll find a section of ½Å"field activities" to be used with each chapter. These include making and maintaining a field journal to record all of your observations, sketching diagrams of the sun, moon and stars and doing hands-on manipulative activities with a globe and cardboard models. Activities are given for all major topics covered which allow you to see the astronomical topics in practice and are sure to make them very memorable! Guiding questions accompany the observation activities and give students a guideline for their journal entries as they observe. Although there are no study or review questions found in the book chapters, keep an eye out for the accompanying workbook that will be available soon. An appendix at the end of the book holds a glossary, bibliographies of quoted authors, astronomical tables for viewing the stars and planets, a bibliography and index. So, if you think you've already covered astronomy, sit tight and enjoy this course which helps you understand what you actually see when you look up at the stars at night. 262 pages, hardcover. ½" Jess

  • Item #: 029415
    ISBN: 9781937664305
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Each page in this colorful 28-page pad focuses on an important form of figurative language or an element of literature, such as a simile, a metaphor, imagery, personification, plot, theme, setting, characterization, and much more. Each strip along the edge of a page contains a fun-to-write-about prompt based on that form or element. The teacher chooses the concept; a student selects, tears off, and writes about a related prompt.
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  • Item #: 022079
    ISBN: 9780982537718
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    Every once in a while, you come across a product that you wish you could have had when you were growing up, and those were exactly my feelings when I reviewed Ellen Johnston McHenry's introductory chemistry course. Geared for the upper elementary to junior-high age students, it introduces chemistry gently, comparing the elements, the ingredients of our world to common kitchen ingredients we use everyday to make many very different baked goods. The analogy kicks off the first chapter, where they learn about the more common elements such as carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, analogous to flour, sugar, and salt, which are used in nearly everything we bake. More uncommon elements such as berylium, gallium, and selenium are compared to fruit, spices, and other add-ins that you might only use in special recipes. The periodic table is then introduced, in the more simplified (and less intimidating) format of the "Kitchen Cupboard of the Universe). The basic concepts of chemistry are introduced in each chapter, in a very simple, understandable format, and avoids bogging them down with details that will be covered (much more exhaustively!) in high school or college. The approach appears to work well, with protons, neutrons, electrons, the electron cloud model, orbitals, bonding, spin, and more covered in just the very first few chapters. Fun and interactive activities are featured at the end of each chapter, to review and reinforce what was covered in the chapter, before moving further on. The activities are a good mix of hands-on experiments, and model-making, puzzles, fill-in-the-blanks, and of course short answer to write electron configurations, Lewis diagrams, chemical compounds and more. The hands-on activities have been well-chosen and illustrate well the concepts that have been learned. Constructing balloon electron cloud models and edible chemical compounds, creating carbon dioxide bubbles, and electolysis are several examples. Several songs are included, for those who are more auditorily oriented. Several more involved activities include making periodic-table pillowcases to play a game on, creating your own "collect-'em-all" chemical elements card deck, and performing several short skits on the discovery of several of the more common elements of the periodic table. Students are also challenged by the author to memorize as much of the periodic table as they can, to help make life easier when they revisit the subject (as well as impress their relatives at get-togethers). At only 70 pages of lessons, this is a fairly brief, but effective introduction to chemistry that could be easily worked into the academic year with any style of curriculum being used. Patterns, outlines, activity sheets, experiments, games, skits and more are included in the Teacher's Section in back half of the book activity packet. And, to make things easier on Mom, most of the materials are easily found, either around the home, or at your local Wal-Mart. (No poring over science supply catalogs trying to decide how many moles of a chemical to order!) A CD is included with the book which contains songs and a digital copy of the book.

    All in all, this is a very well-done introduction to the basics of chemistry, and whatever your students take with them from this course will be well applied to more advanced chemistry, making their journey into more advanced chemistry all the more manageable. Plus, I think students will definitely be impressed with themselves for being able to complete some college-level chemistry by Chapter 3 of the book! Personally, my first real experience with chemistry was my senior year of high school, followed by the four semesters of chemistry required by my major, and I think both high school chemistry as well as introductory college chemistry would have been much easier to understand had I had some experience with these concepts at an earlier age. - Jess

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    What a great way to learn and remember the periodic table and properties of the elements! As in Monopoly, players move their pieces around a gameboard of elements, acquiring them as you would Boardwalk or Park Place. Instead of players paying rent when they land on another's property, they must "pay" in protons according to the number of protons in that element. A player obtains a "monopoly" when he owns a whole family of an element. Neutron and proton certificates are used as currency. ElementO cards, obtained by landing on inert gas elements, require payment or allow acquisition of protons. They also serve an instructional purpose, demonstrating how elements are used in daily life. The center of the board is a Periodic Table of Elements on which players keep track of elements they've acquired in play. By locating these, and referring to the table often, players become familiar with the location of elements on the table. An ingenious and fun way to lay the foundations for chemistry!

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    Crossbreeding at its best! Each set contains a mare and stallion of different breeds and color patterns and a hidden foal that showcases the genetic results of the match. Three different styles; if you order more than one, we'll assort.
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    ISBN: 9781570544286
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    Inspire fun use of the good old pencil and pen with this great set from Klutz. In an enjoyable format, the book teaches how to write in 10 different wild and wacky lettering styles. Easily learn how to write in Robot-O, Mix Up, Bubbly, and more! The book is hardcover and spiral-bound with a pouch holding eight double-pointed colored pencils, four marker pens, a sharpener, and more. Five plastic stencil pages are also included so you can trace the letters you are drawing.

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    ISBN: 9781579246389
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