Academic journal article Science and Children

The Fort on Fourth Street

Academic journal article Science and Children

The Fort on Fourth Street

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The Fort on Fourth Street

By Lois Spangler. $17.95. Sylvan Dell Publishing. Mount Pleasant, SC. 2013. ISBN: 9781607186205.

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Finding good science books for young children can be hard: Adults must consider vocabulary words and other reading skills, as well as scientific content, when choosing books for young readers. The 32-page The Fort on Fourth Street: A Story About the Six Simple Machines seems to have found a good balance between content and reading, coupled with high interest levels.

This is a read-along book good for up to third graders, depending on the child's reading level. A cumulative rhyming scheme is used throughout the book. This has several advantages from an educational standpoint, but perhaps the most important is that the book repeats the names of the various simple machines. For example: "I use the pulley to bring up the treats, so yummy and sweet, that we love to eat." These sentence repetitions for screws, pulleys, wheels, levers, wedges, and inclined planes help set the simple-machine ideas in the minds of early learners. The artwork is great and the background story of building a fort is something that should excite discovery learning in children.

The culminating materials section called "For Creative Minds" provides additional help for teachers and parents to give children more hands-on learning. …

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