Breaking Down Chemistry
This title provides an overview of the field of chemistry. Text includes a short history of early chemistry and examines elements, molecules, and chemical reactions. The periodic table of the elements is introduced. Information is explained using real-world examples and supported with graphics and photos. This book concludes with two simple, kid-friendly experiments. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|BISACS||JNF051070, JNF051110, JNF015000|
|Subject||Science & Technology|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Title Format||Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks|
|Dimensions||8 x 8|
|Features||Activities for further learning, Glossary of key words, Index, Informative sidebars, and Table of contents|
Kid Chemistry Lab-School Library Journal
The short chapters in these books are a mix of explanatory text, crisp photos of children and adults exploring aspects of chemistry, and supportive diagrams and tables. Readers will learn about atoms, elements, reactions and mixtures. Captions on the images offer additional information and glossary terms appear in bold within the text. Each book ends with a pair of experiments. A large-scale photo accompanies the explanation of the chemical process(es) that will be seen, while smaller thumbnails are part of the directions. There is also a review of the scientific process and a suggestion to alter a variable and observe the difference in the experiment’s results. Online resources from TED Ed, Kids Discover and other providers are available through ABDO Booklinks. VERDICT A solid purchase for libraries to support classroom instruction and update collections. “Kid Chemistry Lab” (ABDO) includes helpful video content from TED Ed (among others), as well as experiments to see the chemical processes in action.