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  • Item #: 059700
    ISBN: 9780794531973
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    This brightly illustrated dictionary clearly defines over 500 key terms and concepts, guiding children through the fifth grade through essential math concepts. But it’s not your typical dictionary! Students are taught how to work out concepts in straight-forward methods. For example, how do you add/subtract when you don’t know the starting number? How do you count by twos, threes, or fives? Terms are organized by theme rather than following an alphabetical order: Understanding Numbers, Using Numbers, Understanding Shapes and Space, Measuring, and Data. This format allows students to read through and build up their knowledge. However, Word Finder (a glossary) allows students to find an exact term they need. Internet links offer math games and practice. 6.875” x 9.75”, reinforced softcover, 136 pp. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 028443
    ISBN: 9780794516291
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    Sometimes a clear diagram or picture can make all the difference, especially in the study of math. After looking at several similar products, this one stands out among the rest because of its high-quality graphics. This colorful reference is packed with over 500 math terms, 300 diagrams, and 100 worked examples. Alike topics are grouped together into 4 main sections (numbers; algebra; shape, space and measures; and handling data) and extensively cross-referenced at the bottom of each spread. 128 pgs.

  • Item #: 006644
    ISBN: 9780794518479
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    This book is not a science text, but it will help you with whatever science textbook you are using. It's a comprehensive science reference guide covering physics, chemistry and biology. Each area of focus features color-coded subtopics with significant detail. The chemistry section contains subtopics for general, physical, inorganic, organic, and environmental chemistry. The biology section includes ecology, botany, zoology, human biology, genetics and general biology. The physics section is divided into mechanics, heat, waves, electricity and magnetism, nuclear physics, and general physics.

    We've come to expect compelling color pictures, graphics and charts from Usborne, and this book does not disappoint. Every page has excellent visuals and concise explanations of scientific laws and principles. For example, the biology section includes a subtopic covering the nervous system. The book shows and describes the parts of the neuron including the cell body, the dendrites and the axon. The graphics do an excellent job of showing the interaction between nerve cells and how the chemical neurotransmitters work at the synapse between the cells. You learn the difference between association (or relay) neurons and motor (or instruction) neurons.

    With over 350 pages, a glossary, and complete index, this book makes finding information quick and easy. Use the book to review material already studied, or as additional explanation or clarification of current lessons. - Jerry

  • Item #: 064207
    ISBN: 9780794535704
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      Your elementary students can find just the right word and increase their vocabulary! Words are organized into over 70 categories/themes. For example, students can learn music-related terms; verbs to use instead of get, go or do; words related to Vikings, etc. Colorful, full-color pages are appealing for a wide variety of students and are fun to read as well as use. A few pages provide writing tips and word games to reinforce learning. Find words more easily using the large-format, 20-pg index. 128 pp. Reinforced sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 064205
    ISBN: 9780794520236
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       Start out with user guide pages that explain dictionary use, history, and other useful information about the English language. Then, for each letter of the alphabet (coded by color), words are explained with pronunciation, parts of speech, a brief definition, and sample sentences. Each page includes at least one illustration. Many are “exploded” diagrams that label components, such as parts of a house, grasshopper, or motorcycle. Includes an index, 6 ¾”x9 ¾”; 288 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

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  • Item #: 073321
    ISBN: 9780794541255
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  • Item #: 055195
    ISBN: 9780794532550
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    Straightforward, with clear explanations, this handy dictionary is a perfect complement to your science studies. This book is divided into six sections: Living Things, Materials, Forces, Energy, Earth and Space, and Science at Work. Each section explores the topical area with colorful illustrations, explanations and understandable definitions making this an easy-to-use resource or a fun book to read casually. Please note that the book makes reference to "tens of thousands of years" and the reproduction illustration is anatomically correct. Indexed. 136 pgs, pb. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 021713
    ISBN: 9780794521431
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    A full-color desk reference from Usborne, this math dictionary provides not only definitions, but also concrete, illustrated examples which are just as important, especially during the elementary grades. Similar concepts are grouped together so you can easily review one whole topic. Alternatively, you can easily find a specific word or phrase via the index. Topics covered include numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, proportion, estimating, arithmetic calculations, algebra, 2-D and 3-D shapes, symmetry, angles, measurement, perimeter, area, volume, data, charts, graphs, averages, chance, probability, and much more. 135 pgs. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 021151
    ISBN: 9780794533236
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    Colorful picture pages and loads of word labels make for an interactive and fun foreign language activity! I reviewed the Spanish book, but the one with English words would be great for an ESL student learning English. Each label has the Spanish word with the article which is great! This is how kids should learn new vocabulary, with the article (a or the) because it shows the gender and number of the word itself. Verbs are shown in their infinitive form as they ought to. Beneath this is the word in English. As you are looking at a page of illustrations for animals or family or foods, you place the label by each picture. If you are unsure about mispronunciation, you can go online to hear the words! Later pages show a cartoon scene, at the beach or in a town, and you place the labels in context next to the correct item. Labels tell you what page to place them on. You also get several blank labels to add even more vocabulary words to the pages, so get your dictionaries out! I like this as an addition to songs, or an introductory language program like Little Pim or the Sara Jordan materials. Once you have placed all of the stickers, you have a nice vocabulary book to look at and practice your Spanish! 16pp plus 8 pages of stickers, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 040253
    ISBN: 9780794536992
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  • Item #: 067901
    ISBN: 9780794538033
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    A charming introduction to basic sewing principles. The kit includes materials and instructions to make 7 colorful, felt stuffed animals: a giraffe, bear, owl, fox, turtle, whale and a parrot. Felt pieces are die-cut. This lets the beginner focus on learning to use a needle and thread to attach pieces together. Kit includes a lovely book with clear illustrated project directions (32 pgs, pb), brightly colored felt for the critters (fronts, backs, additions), polyfill stuffing, 2 needles, 40 red ball-head pins in a case, 5 buttons, black/blue/red thread, and a handy little needle threader/cutter. Comes in a nice box (7.5"x 9.25" x1.75") that makes for a lovely contained gift for a boy or girl. To give you an idea, the owl is about 2.5"x 3.5", the whale about 4.5"x 2.5", and the giraffe about 3.5" x5.5". Ages 7+. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
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    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 067900
    ISBN: 9780794537326
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    This illustrated activity book teaches individuals about the basics of chess, while also testing and improving their understanding and strategy skills. This fun consumable publication contains over fifty guided activities, brain-teasing puzzles, useful facts, as well as clever tips that help readers learn how to play chess or improve their approach to the game. This colorful, spiral bound book can be completed without utilizing a chessboard; however, the publishers do recommend one be made available to those who are completing the activities. This quality book is profitable to anyone interested in learning to play chess or sharpening their skills. 63 pgs, hc. ~ Mike 

  • Item #: 052094
    ISBN: 9780794533113
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    Similar in some ways to See Inside Your Body, also by Usborne, this book is packed with more flaps to lift and geared for a slightly younger reading level. In thirteen study pages the book covers digestion, the circulatory system, bones and muscles, the brain, the senses, growing and healing. Most topics are presented on facing pages, with a combination of large and small cartoonish illustrations (all captioned), and flaps integrated on most of them. On the spread about the brain, much of the spread is devoted to a large illustrated flap with the brain, covered with small cartoons of what the different parts of the brain are responsible for. When you lift the main flap, you see an example of what happens when your body sends your brain a message, complete with numbered steps and a line to trace with your finger. The edges of the pages are filled with small illustrated flaps that introduce other facts about the brain: how it is made up of two halves, how the skull protects the brain, how much the brain weighs, etc. To add to the fun, many of these flaps are "nested" with additional flaps hiding underneath with even more information, and occasionally other pull-tabs and pop-ups incorporated as well. Little hands and eyes will find lots to explore here. – Jess

  • Item #: 040259
    ISBN: 9780794537005
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  • Item #: 031209
    ISBN: 9780972860338
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    Enthusiastic users of Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World will be excited to rediscover the modern era, “From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR.” Formatted similarly to the previous volumes in the series, the Modern Age text contains 42 chapters highlighting some of the major people, places and events in world history, from 1850 to 2000. Some highlights include: the Crimean war, the American Civil War, the Second Reich, the Japan’s Meiji restoration, the Suez canal, the Boers, Western expansion in the U.S., the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Mexican Revolution, the rise of Joseph Stalin, Hitler’s rise to power, the Holocaust, the Atom bomb, the partitioning of Palestine, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Chernobyl, the end of Communism, and much more. As usual, students will get a “balanced” view of world history, with events from nearly every country in the world - not just Europe and the U.S. Each “story” from history is told in an exciting, readable way, which is sure to hold students’ attention - especially as they cover history in the not-too-distant past! The activity book is once again substantial and invaluable, containing both teacher and student portions. The parent’s pages feature review questions with answers, guidelines for an outlining exercise for the student, suggested further reading and literature tie-ins, map activities, and hands-on projects related to the topics covered in the text. As usual, the projects are very creative and I can definitely see kids getting excited about doing them - one of the activities for Chapter One definitely caught my eye! In this activity, kids will get to time themselves and compare “loading” two different “rifles” with cardboard tubes, homemade “cartridges,” and a few other kitchen materials! The parent’s portion for each chapter also features cross-references on the same topic to other resources, including the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, the Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, the Usborne Book of World History, the Usborne History of the 20th Century, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia. The student’s portion of the activity guide includes partial outlines for each chapter for them to finish, outline maps for map activities, worksheet activities, and timeline figures including world flags from each country’s independence or establishment. The tests and answers for this volume are bound into a paperback, 3-hole punched volume, and include tests and answers for each chapter. Once again, Susan Wise Bauer has put together a very exciting and multi-faceted history study that everyone will love!

    The text is now available in either paperback, hardcover, or spiral binding, for your convenience. The Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 072948
    ISBN: 9781683441373
    Retail: $36.99
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  • Item #: 002083
    ISBN: 9780794537524
    Retail: $9.99
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      Another Usborne hit! Introduce your children to classical music and composers in this beautifully illustrated reference book. Learn about the first composers, Renaissance Court and Church, Monteverdi, Music at the French Royal Court, Purcell, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Verdi, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Romantic Music in Russia, Dvorak, Mahler, Debussy, Bartók, and Stravinsky.

      This is a 32-page, hardcover book full of illustrations, photos, and snippets of information – just the right amount for an introduction to music history and appreciation. QR Codes are found on fifteen of the pages that when scanned will take you to a music sample by some of the composers – this is a great addition to the content of this book. If you don’t have a QR reader on your smart phone or tablet, you can still hear all of the samples by going to Usborne.com/quicklinks, and type in the title of this book. No CDs to keep track of, the music is just a scan and click away. All of the information about the QR codes and quicklinks is found in the back. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 064210
    ISBN: 9780794535018
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       Words, ideas and story prompts - oh my! If you have a penchant toward adventure and the desire to jot it down (but need some spark to generate ideas), this writing journal is for you! Full-color illustrations enliven the color, lined pages. Each page offers plenty of creative help to guide you in writing exciting stories of various kinds. 8” x 9.5” spiral bound, HC, 95 pp.

  • Item #: 064191
    ISBN: 9780794536879
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    Some children may have a difficult time applying themselves to books that cover technical programming concepts (such as looping, variables, etc.) or even books that lead directly into those ideas. The focus of this book is instead on short, unstructured lessons exclusively covering Scratch or Scratch games. Instead of having concept-based lessons to follow, as in How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons, kids will work on creating short, simple games using Scratch. These short lessons start out simple (such as making characters move around the screen) and end with making pattern games and virtual pets. Once kids understand how to make basic games, they move on to four fully-fledged game projects. Throughout these lessons the emphasis is placed on the game they are creating, not on programming concepts. Picture this as coming at programming from another angle; instead of learning about what a variable is and then putting a variable named score in the game, they are shown how to keep a score within their game and then learn why a score is a variable and what that entails. To help kids out even more, all instructions and concepts come with full-color illustrations (and cute cartoon characters) which show exactly how to do the projects in a fun, cute way. If your child is interested in programming, but may be more excited about making games as a focus, this is for them. 94 pages. Spiral-bound.

    Uses the programming language Scratch as a base. Focuses on the visual elements of programming - kids begin by making things move around the screen, drawing & painting characters, and creating a virtual pet. Ends with 4 games projects.

  • Item #: 040254
    ISBN: 9780794537807
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  • Item #: 027912
    ISBN: 9780794529970
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     Exciting stories, loved for generations, written for young readers surrounded by glorious, full-color, detailed illustrations and packaged in a small-hand-sized (6” x 8”) padded hardback. An excellent introduction to the Bard’s stories featuring well-written text and comfortable spacing on quality paper. Includes Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Tempest, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Hamlet, and The Life and Times of William Shakespeare (an illustrated biography, list of plays and Quicklinks website suggestions). 415 pgs, hb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 021999
    ISBN: 9780794513375
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  • Item #: 000546
    ISBN: 9780794515249
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    So, I'm a little slow off the block. But when I see a book referenced and recommended over and over as a priceless resource, I finally get the hint! This is one such item. It's a practical introduction to the microscope - parts, care, and use. It also contains projects and activities to help get you acquainted with its features and functions. Now, all you need is the microscope...

  • Item #: 067908
    ISBN: 9780794539214
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     Divided into seven chronological sections with dates arranged in columns according to geographic location, this vibrantly illustrated book helps children (and parents!) “connect the dots,” putting worldwide events into their historical period. For example, did you know that Homer composed the Iliad and Odyssey in Europe during 800 BC, while the Hindu religion spread into Southern India that same year? Or that during the American Civil War (1860-1865 AD), the World’s first underground railway was built in London (1863), and Italy was unified? There is so much to learn in this fascinating book! Timeline begins in 10,000 BC and ends 1996. Beautifully illustrated. 128 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 067907
    ISBN: 9780794539689
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     Take the classroom outdoors! Well-illustrated, clear instructions for activities, and helpful background information make this an excellent science supplement or a wonderful resource for a Charlotte Mason homeschooler. Beginning with an introduction on how to use the book, tools for outdoor learning, safety tips and how to protect nature, the rest of the book then divides into 6 sections. These sections include Exploring ponds, Rivers and Seas; Discovering Wildlife; Into the Wild; Out in all Weather and Night Explorer. A sampling of activities includes bouncing stones, damming a stream, forming a footprint trap, being a tree detective, creating wildlife art from items found in the woods, pitching a tent and making a campfire, cloud spotting and forecasting, stargazing and much more. Includes a dedicated website for interactive activities and worksheets. Index and helpful glossary. 64 pgs. HC. ~ Deanne 

  • Item #: 067904
    ISBN: 9780794539368
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  • Item #: 046556
    ISBN: 9780794521110
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    This colorful sticker book will delight truck fans of all ages. Each two page spread contains an illustrated scene such as a highway, factory, or countryside. Over 100 illustrated truck stickers are included to decorate the eight scenes in the book, with the stickers grouped together according to scene. The stickers are all different, with labels listed below the stickers for identification. Fruit trucks, street sweepers, tractors, petrol tankers, excavators, semi trucks and snow plows are just a few of the truck types found here! 16 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 042293
    ISBN: 9780794514525
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    This book could make a wonderful art program for younger students, incorporating both art appreciation and projects in a beautiful, easy to use format. The book features 22 impressive works of art from around the world and from a variety of periods. Each work is shown on a spread of pages along with a few short, interesting paragraphs of information about the work itself, the techniques used, and the artist who created it. Then you flip the page to see how you can imitate that work and style using simple materials and methods. For example, the first work highlighted is Van Gogh's "The Starry Night." After looking at the painting and reading about it, you turn to the next page, which has step-by-step directions to help you make your own swirly landscape using thick paints and a plastic fork. In six steps you go from drawing a simple landscape sketch, adding color, and using the fork to manipulate the paint into swirly patterns like those found in Van Gogh's painting. The end products are very attractive, and completing the projects will help students remember the distinctive styles of the artists they've studied. The projects pages are very colorful and offer beautiful illustrations of the finished projects to give students a visual aid. Throughout the 22 works/projects, students will be introduced to 3-D art, paintings, abstract art, prints, collages, Chinese brush painting, and other styles/types of art for a well-rounded but fun early art education. Hc, 96 pgs. – Melissa