Explore Simple Machines! With 25 Great Projects by Anita Yasuda


Explore Simple Machines! With 25 Great Projects by Anita Yasuda

From zippers to the Pyramids, rolling pins to catapults, we are surrounded by simple machines. This book will amaze kids with the ingenuity they already possess and inspire them to look differently at the objects they use everyday. Explore Simple Machines! With 25 Great Projects introduces kids to the concept of mechanical advantage, and harnesses kid-power by inviting them to build machines of their own design. It opens their eyes to the diversity of machines in their lives, and sparks the imagination with challenge, humor, and achievable projects. Explore Simple Machines! dedicates a chapter to each of the six simple machines that were identified centuries ago: levers, inclined planes, pulleys, screws, wedges, and wheels & axles. Kids will develop analytical skills as they figure out where force is applied and what kind of work it generates.


Winner of the Society of School Librarians International 2012 Honor Award for science books, grades K-6! Eclectic homeschool a wonderful break from regular studies or just as an additional study for those who want to add a bit more to what their science curriculum already covers. Explore Simple Machines! makes a good starting point in introducing the simple machines that make everyone's life simpler. Calliope Magazine Explore Simple Machines! by Anita Yasuda includes among the 25 projects: make a helicopter, make a pulley, chopstick challenge, and a friction experiment. Keeping the reader's interest throughout are Did You Know facts, Then and Now fascinating tidbits, and engaging sidebars. National Science Teachers Association Want to make physical work easier? Could you push a wheel barrow up a hill? Could it be that the design of the wheelbarrow makes pushing easier? How about using a wedge or a pulley? From the front cover, this book invites the reader to explore simple machines... This is not your usual activity book. Written for the student, with inquiry in mind, the explanations are simple and easy to follow, and there is an explanation of what is happening and questions to extend the learning. I would use this book with young scientists in my class, and I would also put the materials in a center for young children to explore, make, and do. . I honestly didn't think simple machines were fun or easy to understand. This book changed that for me and for my students. Children's Literature Review

About the Author

Anita Yasuda is a qualified Montessori and early childhood education teacher and the author of more than 20 books, including the Being Green series, Explore Native American Culture!, Explore the Solar System!, Explore Water!, Greetings from Buffalo, and Hello Kitty: Cute, Creative & Collectible. She lives in Huntington Beach, California. Bryan Stone is a cartoonist who graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies and is the illustrator of Explore Life Cycles!, Explore Night Science!, Explore Rivers and Ponds!, Explore Rocks and Minerals!, Explore the Solar System!, and Explore Transportation!. He lives in Hartland, Vermont.

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96 pages


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Publication date

1st October 2011



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