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  Simple Machines to the Rescue (Hardcover)
There are 6 books in this series

Capstone Press
Simple Machines to the Rescue
(The spread above is a sample image from one of the titles.)
Wheels, inclined planes, and wedges don't sound that amazing, until one of them gets you out of a jam. Need to brush your teeth? Cut an apple? Open a door? That's the utility of simple machines, which are all around us. We even have them in our bodies! And while they are simple, they make easy work of many tasks. Readers and report writers will discover just how important these deceptively simple machines can be!

Reading Level: 1-2
Interest Level: 1-3


ISBN:  9780736873734 / 0-7368-7373-2
Publisher:  Capstone Press
Brand:  First Facts
Copyright: 2007
Language: English
Pages per Book:  24
Binding:  Reinforced Library Binding

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Inclined Planes to the Rescue
Inclined Planes to the Rescue
by Sharon Thales
Interest Level: 1-3
Reading Level: 1-2
Lexile Level: 690L
ATOS Level: 3.8Accelerated Reader
Guided Reading Level: P
Dewey: 621.8
ISBN:  9780736867528 / 0-7368-6752-X
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Levers to the Rescue
Levers to the Rescue
by Sharon Thales
 
Interest Level: 1-3
Reading Level: 1-2
Lexile Level: 660L
ATOS Level: 3.4Accelerated Reader
Guided Reading Level: O
Dewey: 621.8
ISBN:  9780736867474 / 0-7368-6747-3
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Pulleys to the Rescue
Pulleys to the Rescue
by Sharon Thales
Interest Level: 1-3
Reading Level: 1-2
Lexile Level: 710L
ATOS Level: 3.9Accelerated Reader
Guided Reading Level: P
Dewey: 621.8
ISBN:  9780736867481 / 0-7368-6748-1
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Screws to the Rescue
Screws to the Rescue
by Sharon Thales
Interest Level: 1-3
Reading Level: 1-2
Lexile Level: 660L
ATOS Level: 3.8Accelerated Reader
Guided Reading Level: P
Dewey: 621.8'82
ISBN:  9780736867498 / 0-7368-6749-X
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Wedges to the Rescue
Wedges to the Rescue
by Sharon Thales
Interest Level: 1-3
Reading Level: 1-2
Lexile Level: 660L
ATOS Level: 3.6Accelerated Reader
Guided Reading Level: O
Dewey: 621.8
ISBN:  9780736867504 / 0-7368-6750-3
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Wheels and Axles to the Rescue
Wheels and Axles to the Rescue
by Sharon Thales
 
Interest Level: 1-3
Reading Level: 1-2
Lexile Level: 690L
ATOS Level: 3.5Accelerated Reader
Guided Reading Level: O
Dewey: 621.8
ISBN:  9780736867511 / 0-7368-6751-1
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Reviews

Create Readers Blog, National Library of New Zealand Te Puna M?tauranga o Aotear - Beth

First Facts: Simple Machines to the Rescue Personally I find all books about simple machines fascinating. They describe implements we use in everyday life and I am constantly amazed that people back in the dim distant past had ideas for such wonderful effort-saving machines. This is an attractive series taking each genre of simple machine (Pulleys, Inclined Planes, Wheels and Axles, Wedges, Screws and Levers) and showing their history, their many different uses and examples of how they can be combined with other simple machines to form complex machines. A “hands-on” section in each book gives useful ideas for experiments in the classroom. A glossary, a short reading list and ideas for internet sites can be found at the back. As the series title – First Facts – indicates, this is a series for junior to middle primary. Useful for topic work in class, I can also imagine budding scientists, who prefer non-fiction over fiction, will enjoy them too. Recommended for year 3 and older – even good readers at year 2. Create Readers Blog, National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa http://createreaders.natlib.govt.nz/2008/12/first-facts-simple-machines-to-rescue.html

December 8, 2008

School Books and Films

This series of six books about simple machines, written by Sharon Thales, has much to offer, not only for its science content, but also in the way the material is presented to the young reader. Each book follows a format that draws the reader into the subject by showing how the simple machine of the title is used in a way the reader might see in his or her everyday life. One such example is a working tow truck and its pulley. The text recounts how the simple machine was used in ancient times, as well as explaining the variety of simple machines in use today (fixed pulleys, moveable pulleys). Finally, each book describes a complex machine, showing how machines work together to accomplish a task. Each volume contains informative facts that further explain the workings of the machine. Included is a hands-on activity using everyday materials for the reader to experiment further with how the machine works. The presentation of the material in the series is impressive. Each of the texts is designed to be read independently by students in grades 1-3, and all newly introduced vocabulary pertaining to the machine is in boldface type followed by a definition. The book introduces readers to features such as the table of contents, glossary, and index. This series of books may be a catalyst to independent reading for students whose science interest includes topics such as machines and how things work. Those seeking to acquire nonfiction informational texts that students can read independently will want to consider these titles as well.

February 1, 2008

Science and Children

Each volume in the First Facts series explores a different simple machine through a combination of short text, sidebar facts, and photographs of simple machines in action. Consistent icons represent each simple machine, and clear arrows identify the simple machines within a more complex one. The books provide a good way for teachers to begin teaching strategies for reading nonfiction text. The series corresponds to the developmental level and science content standards for learners in grades K–4, where key physical science understandings concern the properties, position, and motion of objects. The Capstone website says that the reading level of the series is grades 1–2, with the interest level up to third grade, but lists the Lexiles at 660–710, which is significantly above the independent reading range of most first– and second-grade students. Another reading measure listed puts the reading levels at grade 3.5–3.9, so the text would be challenging for many. There are tools such as a table of contents, a glossary, and an index for support. I would recommend teachers in grades 2–4 consider these books for a read-aloud or to do a jigsaw with six groups each studying a different simple machine to present to the class. One disadvantage was an inconsistency in the internet sites that were linked through the “Fact Hound” component of the book; some were incorrect, and at least once at too high a level. Because the books contain no specific sites, it should be easy for Capstone to research and link to some of the excellent sites on simple machines to fulfill the promise of a safe, fun way to use the internet. Simple Machines to the Rescue fills a niche for developmentally appropriate physical science texts that can pique young students’ curiosity about science and technology. Each book’s compelling photographs and clear labels make it a teacher’s choice for instruction in both science and reading. The strong photographs and labels make these excellent model texts for student work; using magazine pictures or drawing their own, young students can use these books to move into their own world and see the simple (and complex) machines all around them.

March 1, 2008

School Library Journal

These brightly colored, attractive books discuss how simple machines are a means for solving many practical problems. In language students can read and understand independently, each one explains that simple machines have “one or no moving parts. Machines are used to make work easier. Work is using a force to move an object.” The parts of each type of machine are named, and large, clear color photos with labels indicate where they appear. In Levers, for example, the blades on a pair of scissors cutting paper are labeled as the “effort” component, the screw holding them together as the “fulcrum,” and the paper as the “load.” Inclined Planes shows how ramps have been used for raising and lowering things for thousands of years, and how skateboard ramps, playground slides, and roller coasters provide fun today. The third title shows how wheels and axles are used in the potter’s wheel, bikes, doorknobs, etc. Each book briefly defines all six kinds of simple machines and discusses a complex machine that combines several of them. An easy experiment that demonstrates how the target item works is included and requires only commonly found materials. Leaving out the mathematics involved in more technical discussions of simple machines, these books are good introductions to the topics with many examples from the real world. They make physics fun.

May 1, 2007