This title allows students to understand how major issues, from environmental factors to technology, can have a deep impact on society.
In Nuclear Meltdowns, readers will learn how nuclear power works, the dangerous work involved, and the systems put in place to protect the public. This title will allow students to track historical facts and future improvements while gauging their understanding with a variety of reading comprehension tools.
The Devastating Disasters series captures readers' attention with captivating photographs, descriptions, and factoids of catastrophes ranging from technology failure to destructive weather. Each 48-page book features engaging before- and after-reading sections that prompt readers to understand the impact these events have on society and the environment.
Using photos, maps, and diagrams, each volume presents a wealth of information about the subject disaster. The authors consider both natural and human factors that can trigger disasters, from shifting tectonic plates, which produce earthquakes or tsunamis, to mistakes that lead to nuclear meltdowns. Photos of historic and contemporary examples worldwide illustrate the events. The authors address aftermath and cleanup as well as research to predict and mitigate future occurrences. Guides for teachers and parents offer reading and discussion suggestions plus extension activities. The vocabulary and diagrams in Earthquakes are textbooklike, and the book includes the blanket recommendation “to bring a new earthquake kit to school every year.” Other offerings in this set advise readers to think about disaster risk in their particular region. VERDICT Select titles from this solid series as needed to bolster collections.
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