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Tracking an Epidemic


Series
Science Explorer: Follow the Clues

by
Tamra B. Orr

Edition
Library edition
Publisher
Cherry Lake Publishing
Imprint
Cherry Lake
ISBN
9781624317767
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“‘Where does [an epidemic] start? And how does it spread to so many people so quickly?’” Abigail wonders when she comes down with the flu. She and her epidemiologist mother team up to pinpoint the source of Abby’s illness. This fictional scenario, with captioned photos and charts on every page, serves as an introduction to both the scientific method and the field of epidemiology. Readers follow Abby as she formulates a hypothesis, gathers information about her sick classmates, and draws a conclusion regarding “patient zero.” One sidebar discusses the Spanish Flu of 1918; others shed light on real-world strategies used to track diseases. Back matter includes a glossary, list of book and Web-site resources, and an index.

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

7 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Dewey

614.4

AR

5.2: points 0.5

Lexile

850L

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2014

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Series Review
Marching in lockstep with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), these episodes, though fictional, not only portray a series of specifically detailed scientific investigations conducted largely by young people, but even feature highlighted keywords in several of the narratives drawn from the NGSS list of best practices. The scenarios range from two young skygazers trying to prove that a certain rock is a meteorite to an epidemiologist’s daughter tracking down the origin of a local flu epidemic. The procedures are laid out in clear, easily imitable steps, illustrated with a mix of scientific photos or diagrams and encouraging pictures of young researchers at work, and capped by relatively generous lists of further resources on the given topic. The leaders of the pack here are plainly those series intended for upper elementary grades, such as “Revolutionary Discoveries of Scientific Pioneers.” The possibilities of presenting new insights with infographics are ably, if unevenly, exploited in “Infographics,” and though cast in frameworks of fiction, the volumes in “Science Explorer: Follow the Clues” supply clear, strong models for scientific investigation in several fields. “Scary Science” may be disturbing to some readers (not necessarily a bad thing), and most of the rest cover their respective topics competently enough to recommend as replacements or collection extenders.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Series Review
Marching in lockstep with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), these episodes, though fictional, not only portray a series of specifically detailed scientific investigations conducted largely by young people, but even feature highlighted keywords in several of the narratives drawn from the NGSS list of best practices. The scenarios range from two young skygazers trying to prove that a certain rock is a meteorite to an epidemiologist’s daughter tracking down the origin of a local flu epidemic. The procedures are laid out in clear, easily imitable steps, illustrated with a mix of scientific photos or diagrams and encouraging pictures of young researchers at work, and capped by relatively generous lists of further resources on the given topic. The leaders of the pack here are plainly those series intended for upper elementary grades, such as “Revolutionary Discoveries of Scientific Pioneers.” The possibilities of presenting new insights with infographics are ably, if unevenly, exploited in “Infographics,” and though cast in frameworks of fiction, the volumes in “Science Explorer: Follow the Clues” supply clear, strong models for scientific investigation in several fields. “Scary Science” may be disturbing to some readers (not necessarily a bad thing), and most of the rest cover their respective topics competently enough to recommend as replacements or collection extenders.

Grades 3-5
Series Nonfiction
Science Grades 3-5
For Grades 3-5

These 12 engrossing, fact-filled works build upon science fundamentals, allowing young students to grasp physical and life science basics while being entertained. They are the best titles from the best science series handpicked by experienced School Library Journal editors.

12 books per Year
$258.00 per Year
Interests
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