Atoms and molecules are the basic building blocks of matter. Matter is every physical thing around us in the universe, including our own bodies!
Atoms and molecules are too tiny for people to see without using microscopes. If they’re so small, why do they matter? They matter because they make up matter, which makes up everything around us.
If everything is made out of atoms and molecules, why do people look different from dogs and doorknobs? In Explore Atoms and Molecules, readers discover that the characteristics of a material are determined by the way the atoms and molecules connect, and study how chemical reactions change these connections to create everything we know. This book discusses the elements on the periodic table and why they are grouped into families, encouraging the exploration of meaningful classification systems. States of matter and mixtures and compounds round out the exploration of atoms and molecules!
Did You Know? The word atom was first used thousands of years ago in Greece. It comes from the Greek word atomos, which means “that which cannot be split.”
In Explore Atoms and Molecules! With 25 Great Projects, readers ages 7 to 10 investigate the structure of atoms and learn how atoms fit together to form molecules and materials. This book supports the maker movement (yay!) with lots of hands-on activities that illuminate the concepts of chemistry. Readers build 3-D models of molecules and create a periodic table guessing game. Fascinating sidebars offer opportunities for readers to connect the text with real-world science, and cartoon illustrations provide a fun foundation for learning.
About the Author: Janet Slingerland studied engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Drexel University. She has written many science books for children, including The Secret Lives of Plants!, which was named a Top 40 YA nonfiction book by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. Janet lives in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
About the Illustrator: Matt Aucoin hold’s a master’s of fine art degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies and teaches drawing to preschool-aged children. He is the illustrator of Explore Predators and Prey! With 25 Great Projects for Nomad Press. He lives in Windsor, Vermont.
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!
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