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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 1900s. 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 #: 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, Tins 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 Ive ever had the pleasure of reviewing! 128 pgs, pb. Jess

  • 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 McHenrys 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

  • 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 #: 025281
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    Defines plot, theme, characterization, setting, mood, point of view, conflict, etc.

  • 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 dont have to run around and purchase supplies. If youre 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 Bernoullis 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 youll use again and again. Jess

  • 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 dont 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 #: 039702
    ISBN: 9780439640435
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    If you dont have much time to monitor your students reading, try this reproducible book. For each of the literary elements (setting, plot, character, conflict, theme, point of view, and authors 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 wont get bored completing them, and they cant 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 theyre 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 #: 056392
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    Taking interactive learning to the next level, these quality 32 x 42 laminated wall charts appeals to all the learning styles. Detailed posters come alive with the required downloadable app (Apple or Android devices). With this interactive wall chart, students will uncover atomic mass, boiling point, density, structure and descriptions of the elements. They will also be able to match compounds or learn elemental composition by total mass in a graph format. The neat thing is once you have put away the smart devices, a vividly illustrated poster remains for reference. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 044730
    ISBN: 9780890515471
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    Its easy to see the brilliance of our Creator when you look upon the starry skies or a majestic tree. But when you look at a periodic table? Ill bet most of us (myself included) have rarely been inspired to spiritual thoughts by the sight of one. Of course, that could all change after reading this unique book. Author Richard D. Duncan provides readers an appreciation for both specific elements and their Creator though a discussion of each elements discovery and uses which neatly tie into a biblical application. Volume 1 of the series (I have been assured there is another volume in progress) starts at the very top left-hand side of the periodic table with Hydrogen and continues across the chart offering a two-page mini-lesson on each element. Each two-page spread includes a discussion of the element, its properties and its uses on the left-hand page, along with several bulleted facts relating to its name or discovery. The right-hand page relates the properties and/or uses of the element to a biblical lesson that we can take from the element. A short quick quiz follows, with several short-answer and multiple choice questions about the element (answers included at the end of the book). A final response closes each lesson and offers a short prayer or thought related to the biblical application. Although the lessons are short, the write-ups on each element are fascinating, especially when science history or uses for the element in the Bible are discussed. While you wont find much in the way of chemical concepts here (oxidation-reduction, electron levels, etc.) this is an easy-to-use, casual study of the elements that be enjoyed by any student of chemistry, or for the whole family to use as a tie-in to a chemistry course taught at any level. The book brought to mind Luke 19:40, where Jesus replies to Pharisees who are criticizing his noisy, exuberant disciples. I tell you, he replied, If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out. Jess

  • Item #: 056299
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  • Item #: 032687
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  • Item #: 002169
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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 anothers 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 theyve 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!

  • 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, theres enough space for 40 stories, so youll be set for a while. The story elements youll record in this journal are: setting, characters (and their characterizations), point of view and mood, plot, theme, conflict, climax, and resolution. Theres an element guide on the inside of the cover that briefly explains each one. Youll also be able to record the title of the story, the date youve journaled it, the author, number of pages, total wordcount, and the average number of words per page. Chad

  • Item #: 029545
    ISBN: 9781579129873
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    Are you familiar with the book The Elements by Theodore Gray? It is a beautiful book about the elements of the Periodic Table with photographs that have taken him over 5 years to snap and compile into an informative book for students and curious people of all ages. This calendar is based on that beautiful book, and chooses 12 of the elements to highlight for that year. The calendar is a large 12 x 12 inch format and each month is a 2-page spread with the top page being a large photo of an element in its pure form, the atomic weight, atomic radius, atomic emissions spectrum, informative text about the element, and state of matter and electron filling order graphs at the lower edge. It looks a lot like its square on the Periodic Table. The bottom page is the calendar on which daily squares are large with large numbers for easy viewing, and a couple of smaller pictures of the element in forms we might recognize. My daughter was thrilled when she got this calendar for Christmas, and looks forward to another each year they are published; the perfect calendar for the science people in your family beautiful and informative. Donna

  • Item #: 051224
    ISBN: 9780753466087
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    ISBN: 9780753471975
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  • 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 #: 010296
    ISBN: 9780545561631
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    Even we know that custom nails, or nails with cute little designs on them are all the rage these days. And even if you have a daughter who isnt necessarily interested in art or crafts, she may see the instant appeal of creating tiny clever designs on her nails. Nail Style Studio is a Klutz kit-in-a-book that offers step-by-step instructions for 25 nail designs, and the tools youll need to make them. The designs range from the cute (owls, cupcakes, and penguins), to striking (variations of polka dots, lightning, chevron patterns) to just plain off-the-wall (sharks and sneakers!). The photos and illustrated instructions walk you through creating the design, and youll be ready to start immediately with the six bottles of peel-off practice polish, a custom dotting tool and 250 stick-on stencils! Jess
  • Item #: 054825
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    Add some glamour to your hairstyles with this easy-to-use kit. The kit includes 1 large headband, 1 small headband, 1 ponytail holder, 4 Blinglets bracelets, and over 500 sparkly stick on jewel pieces. Your little girls will have a blast decorating the hair accessories and bracelets into one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

    CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs

  • Item #: 182832
    ISBN: 9781579246389
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  • 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 Grays book The Elements along with a lot of information. These arent 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, earths 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 isnt 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 #: 003150
    ISBN: 9781930514300
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    Why are you homeschooling? What end results do you want to see in your children as the result of your efforts? Diana Waring, longtime home educator and animated storyteller, challenges us to take a long, hard look at what education should be when the Bible is our plumb line. Acknowledging that we live in a topsy-turvy world - a world where sin intrudes, Mrs. Waring compares a biblical education with other philosophies showing the superiority of an educational philosophy that is centered around the centrality of Gods revealed Word and the relationship we have with Him. ~ Janice
  • Item #: 062115
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  • Item #: 025297
    ISBN: 9780768212891
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  • Item #: 040922
    ISBN: 9780878914883
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  • 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 theyve 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 #: 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. Poppers 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 #: 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 #: 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.

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