A graphic nonfiction volume that introduces physical and chemical changes of matter. Features include several photographic pages, a glossary, additional resource list, and an index....
|Title||:||Matter and how it changes (Building blocks of science)|
|Number of Pages||:||32 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Matter and how it changes (Building blocks of science) Reviews
1. This book introduces readers to matter. It defines matter, tells what it is made of, and explains how matter can change. It introduces readers to vocabulary and finds creative ways to relate it to things students will understand. It identifies and explains physical changes as well as chemical changes. It is easy to read and follow. 2. I would recommend this book for grades 3-6th. It has a moderate interest level, and independent readers could easily read this book. 3. This book would work great to introduce lessons about matter in science. It provides great visuals that are hard for some students to understand when first introduced to this branch of science. 4. Students who are very interested in science would love this book. Students struggling to understand the concepts of matter would also benefit from reading this book. It could help them understand in a way that the teacher may not be able to present to them. 5. I wouldn't use this in small group sessions, but it could be done. If you were doing a lesson over different genres in the nonfiction category you could let them read this book. 6. This book could be used as a read aloud book. It would be best to read it aloud before a unit over matter. 7. Related books include Look How It Changes, Mixing and Separating, What is a Gas?, and What's the Matter in Mr. Whisker's Room?8. This book comes in hardback and paper back. There are no other media outlets for this book however, at the end of this book, it provides many references like other books and websites to further learning about this area.
I like the idea of this book much better than the execution, although I can't say that anything about it is actually bad. The subjects to include in the book seem to be well chosen and many of the examples work really well. In particular I liked the pictures of people demonstrating how molecules in different states of matter work. However, in some cases the graphic novel format seems to get in the way of the information rather than helping to explain it. Everything doesn't have to be explained in dialog if captions make more sense. I also wasn't particularly a big fan of the little red matter dude. I was a little confused when he started changing scale and more confused when he turned into a fish. The book could work better if it took note of the advantages to graphic novels that Gene Yang points out in Language Arts and tried to capitalize on those rather than just to sell a graphic novel series about science. The book mostly works, and for that reason I'd purchase it but I think the series needs to think more about how these books are going to be used (would a paper comic make more sense for using in a classroom?) and then stress those aspects.
series is very well done. explains basic concepts in tangible, clearcut, and hopefully memorable way. However, helium (contrary to what is stated in the book) does have a solid state.