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Close to the Wind: The Beaufort Scale.
Written and illustrated by Peter Malone.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.
illustrated book, filled with magnificent paintings and detailed diagrams,
vividly portrays the 13-point wind scale created by British naval officer
Francis Beaufort. The Beaufort scale is brought to life through the fascinating
letters of a midshipman at sea and his encounters with the effects of
From Windmills to Hydrogen Fuel Cells
by Sally Morgan
Grade Level: 6-9
Heinemann Library Chicago, IL 2007
and Nature of Science | General Science | Other Reviewed by Adah Stock
8th Grade Science Teacher
Each of the six books
in the Chain Reaction series illustrates how one historical scientific
discovery led humans to new understandings of the physical world. Each
book is directed toward middle school students but could be appropriate
as an introduction for older students because content is integrated with
the history of science. This 64-page volume includes a timeline, brief
biographies of key scientists, a glossary, further readings and websites,
a thorough index, and a series of appendixes. The layout stands out; the
book is filled with a combination of graphics that includes charts, diagrams,
graphs, and photos. The text is not overwhelming and shares space with
the graphics and one of three types of dialog boxes---either a question
(?), a quotation ("Talking Science"), or a statement ( "That's Amazing").
Key terms are in bold print and can be found in the glossary. This volume
is about various forms of alternative energy. The first chapter is a brief
historical overview starting with fossil fuels and the problems associated
with them. Included is a brief introduction to alternative energy sources
such as wind, solar, water, nuclear, geothermal, biopower, and fuel cells.
Each chapter deals with one of the types of alternative energy, including
its history and what the future might hold. This is a great introduction
to the historical development of the science of physics.
Clay Ferris Neff, ed.
Greenhaven Press 2007
Essays from a variety of authors about History, Benefits and the future
of Wind Energy.
Energy for Keeps:
Electricity from Renewable Energy. An illustrated guide for everyone who
Compiled by Marilyn Nemzer, Deborah Page, Anna Carter
Grades: 6th through adult
Energy Education Group.
by Christine Petersen
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Publisher: Children's Press (CT) (September 2004)
From Booklist Reviewed
with Christine Petersen's Solar Power. Gr. 3-5. Petersen provides readers
with a lucid picture of the sun and wind as natural forces before introducing
some of the technology (windmills, turbines, solar panels) used to harness
energy on a large scale. A few more diagrams (how a windmill works) would
have been helpful, but the captioned photos are well chosen, and the science
and the explanations of the technology are eminently clear. Each book
ends with a forecast of the future that informs kids about the advantages
and disadvantages of such renewable resources and speculates on their
use in years to come. . Stephanie Zvirin Copyright © American Library
Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Library Binding
Energy Essentials: Renewable Energy
by Nigel Saunders and Steven Chapman
Grade Level: 5-8
Raintree Publishers Chicago, IL 2004
Reviewed by Nancy
McDonough 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher Energy Essentials is a series of timely
books that fill a needed gap for middle school physical science. Renewable
Energy presents information on a topic often included in content for grades
6-8 in a clearly organized and manageable manner. Although reluctant readers
are the obvious audience for this book, all middle grade students new
to the topic of energy transfers would benefit from studying it. "Fast
Facts" boxes deliver information bits that students will recall: "The
population of the United States uses its entire weight in crude oil every
week," and "On the coast, the wind blows in from the sea during the day
and out to sea at night." Sentences are short, and challenging vocabulary
is defined in a "Word Store" at the bottom of each page. Even advanced
concepts like kinetic energy are made accessible by descriptions and examples
from everyday life – in this case, flying a kite on a windy day. Pages are
visually appealing, illustrated by colorful photos and diagrams. It includes
current information about hydroelectric power, tidal barrages, and wind
farms. It ends with search tips for the Internet and a comprehensive glossary.
This series is ideal for integrating informational reading skills into
science lessons, broadening and extending physical science content, or
linking science with language arts. Review posted on 12/15/2004
by John Stringer
Publisher:Evans Brothers, 2006
Covers: Energy in the 21st century., How to be energy efficient, and what
you can do to help.
Wind Power (Energy Revolution)
by Niki Walker .
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company (January 25, 2007)
The Wind at Work:
An Activity Guide to Windmills
by Gretchen Woelfle
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1st edition (June 28, 1997)
From School Library
Journal Grade 4-8. This combination of science, history, and activities
centers around the use of wind as a source of power. The historical information
is excellent, and includes Persian windmills of 1000 years ago, Dutch
windmills of the 17th century, and modern wind turbines. Amusing anecdotes
and intriguing facts are woven into the text, keeping it lively. An American
farmer brags about all of the tasks his windmill accomplishes, including
sawing wood, running a washing machine, and powering a pipe organ. A fascinating
section on a windmiller's daily life reveals how the expression "rule
of thumb" came to be. Black-and-white historical prints, photographs,
and diagrams appear throughout. The mechanics of various windmills are
briefly explained, but the emphasis is more on what the machines can do
rather than on how they work. The well-balanced presentation offers worldwide
coverage and objective information regarding the pros and cons of wind
power compared to other sources. Each chapter ends with instructions for
several projects. Some, like making a wind sock and wind vane, are directly
related to wind power. Appendixes include a list of windmills and turbine
sites, energy associations, environmental groups, and related career opportunities.
Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR Copyright 1997 Reed Business
NSTA Reports Generating Interest in Wind, Science 1/6/2009 -
by Lynn Petrinjak
Science Sampler: A first energy grant – Pinwheel electrical generation
By: John Schaefers Science Scope, Oct. 07
Grade Level: Middle School
This is an interdisciplinary
activity – with art, science, and math classes involved – where students design
their own pinwheels, and then attach their design to a DC generator (motor).
Prior to testing their designs, students are introduced to basic circuitry,...
[view full summary] This is an interdisciplinary activity – with art, science,
and math classes involved – where students design their own pinwheels, and
then attach their design to a DC generator (motor). Prior to testing their
designs, students are introduced to basic circuitry, voltmeter usage,
heat measurement, wind speeds, data collecting, recording, and analysis.
Domain, an online library of more than 1,000 free digital
media resources from public television for the classroom and Professional
Development."...resources include video and audio segments, Flash
interactives, images, documents, lesson plans for teachers, and
student-oriented activities." Lessons are linked to standards.
These some of the
links from Teachers' Domain:
of US Energy Use Grade 3-12. "In this video segment adapted from
NOVA/FRONTLINE, experts estimate the amount of energy that is burned during
daily activities, and how much CO2 those activities contribute to the
Teachers' Domain, Snapshot of US Energy Use, published September 26, 2003.
Production Grade 6-12."examine the role of energy in our daily
lives -- that is, how we produce the energy that we use to power our cities,
our homes, and our schools, and at what cost."
Sources Grade 3-12.Identifyalternative energy sources, including their
benefits and limitations.
Teachers' Domain, Energy Sources, published December 17, 2005.
Future Cities: Alternative Energy Grade 3-8 "...from ZOOM, students
take on the role of city planners and, with the help of professional engineers,
work out design solutions that incorporate innovative energy alternatives."
the Rotor Turns: Wind Power and You Grade 6-8."Students will
get acquainted with the basics of wind energy and power production by
fabricating and testing various blade designs for table-top windmills
constructed from one-inch PVC pipe and balsa wood (or recycled materials)."
the Grid Grade 3-12. "This interactive activity ...presents three
...scenarios and challenges users to d esign systems that will generate
electricity by harnessing the wind." Teachers' Domain, Off the Grid, published May 9, 2006
4RSchools from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
Plans and Activities for Grades 5-8 about energy efficiency and
|REACT Renewable Energy Activities Choices for Tomorrow Teacher Activity Guide
for Grades 6-8
KidWind Project is a team of teachers, engineers and scientists
committed to innovative energy education.Lesson
Plans to teach about wind energyincuding: information about wind energy,
free lesson plans, and ideas for building an educational wind turbine.
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Guide from American Wind Energy Association.
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