Why do we walk on two legs? How do our muscles know how to work together when we dance? How does our brain work with our hands to sink a basketball?
“Over time, you can train your body to work faster and speed up your reaction time. With faster reaction times, you can perform better in many sporting activities.” Page 55 in the new Nomad Press book, Human Movement, gave my daughter a delightful reaction as I read that little piece of ‘motion notion’ news to her. She is working on strengthening her body, working on her hand-eye coordination, and fine tuning her motor skills on a daily basis and she is starting to see the results of her hard work. While Bob and I have been filled with a lot of hope about her working on her motor movement as a child with a small build and who began life preterm, Brooke had to make those connections for herself while trying not to constantly compare herself to others her age in things like gym class activities. I have worked hard at finding different resources to go over with her about the body’s movement and I was skeptical if a book geared towards the middle grades would help a younger elementary child connect to these certain STEM ideas, and the answer was “YES!”
In Human Movement: How the Body Walks, Runs, Jumps, and Kicks, readers ages 12 to 15 learn the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body and discover how bones, muscles, tendons, and nerves work together to make movement possible. Bones give the body structure and the ability to stay upright. Muscles make possible the movement of the bones. The brain tells the muscles what to do and when to do it. And your heart, lungs, and other organs provide the fuel that powers movement. Human Movement takes a look at all of the components of the human body and examines how they allow you to move and interact with the world around you. Readers also learn what they can do to keep their bodies healthy and fit and moving well.
Combining hands-on activities with biology, chemistry, biomechanics, and nutrition, Human Movement offers entertaining graphic novel illustrations and fascinating sidebars to illuminate the topic and engage readers further. Human Movement integrates a digital learning component by providing links to primary sources, videos, and other relevant websites to deepen readers’ experiences and strengthen practical connections to the material.
Projects include building a hand model with working muscles and tendons, testing what makes bones strong, examining how changing your center of gravity affects balance and motion, identifying how different types of joints work, and using yeast to investigate how the body metabolizes food into energy. Additional materials include a glossary, and a list of current reference works, websites, and Internet resources. It’s an excellent way for children (even younger children!) to connect mind and body and that even if we aren’t all Olympic athletes, we can always work on improving our bodies. Awesome!
About the Author: Carla Mooney is the author of several Nomad Press books including Comparative Religion: Investigate the World Through Religious Tradition, The U.S. Constitution: How Democracy Works, and The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
About the Illustrator: Sam Carbaugh has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation and Shakespeare: Investigate the Bard’s Influence on Today’s World, and he wrote and illustrated Comics: Investigate the History and Technology of American Cartooning. Sam lives in Grand Rapids, MI.
About Nomad Press: Nomad Press is a Vermont publisher that is focused on educational interests for young children. Nomad is interested in engaging children through interactive projects and exploring history and science behind many intriguing topics. Check out the great Nomad Blog for some fun projects to do with your kids!
List Price: $ 17.95