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Ecosystems

by National Science Resources Center

Ecosystems get students thinking about ecosystems¿what they are, what threatens them, and what scientists and others are doing to keep them in balance. The first section of the book introduces students to basic concepts about ecosystems, from a brief ecological vocabulary lesson to information about the interrelationships of animals with the land and plants in their habitat. One story presents the theory that a global catastrophe led to the extinction of dinosaurs. Other stories discuss threats to Earth's ecosystems and ways that people can minimize those threats. The final section of the book relates the stories of three environmental pioneers: Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Rachel Carson.

Electric Circuits

by National Science Resources Center

Electric Circuits gives 4th and 5th graders an overview of electricity¿how it was discovered, how people put it to work, how it works in living organisms, and what scientists are still learning about it. The book opens with the time-honored story of Benjamin Franklin and his experiments which proved that lightning is a form of electricity. Another story tells of the American inventor Thomas Edison, whose practical application of electricity has helped shape the modern world. One section of this book outlines the path that electricity takes from a power plant to the living room. Finally, the book looks at electricity in nature, from electric eels in the water to lightning in the skies. (Spanish version)

Microworlds

by National Science Resources Center

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