It’s the revolutionary science study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest. Everything You Need to Ace Science . . . takes readers from scientific investigation and the engineering design process to the Periodic Table; forces and motion; forms of energy; outer space and the solar system; to earth sciences, biology, body systems, ecology, and more. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK™ series is built on a simple and irresistible conceit—borrowing the notes from the smartest kid in class. There are five books in all, and each is the only book you need for each main subject taught in middle school: Math, Science, American History, English Language Arts, and World History. Inside the reader will find every subject’s key concepts, easily digested and summarized: Critical ideas highlighted in neon colors. Definitions explained. Doodles that illuminate tricky concepts in marker. Mnemonics for memorable shortcuts. And quizzes to recap it all. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOKS meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award–winning teachers. They make learning fun, and are the perfect next step for every kid who grew up on Brain Quest.
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Workman Publishing Company has been producing award-winning calendars, cookbooks, parenting guides, and children’s titles, as well as gardening, humor, self-help, and business books, since 1968. From our What to Expect® pregnancy and parenting series and Page-A-Day® Calendars to the iconic 1,000 Places to See Before You Die® and Brain Quest® children's products, our wide range of high-quality non-fiction titles and products inspire, educate, and entertain readers around the globe.
Sharon Madanes was Pre-Med at Yale University, received an MFA at Hunter College, and is currently in medical school at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. At Yale she taught a health curriculum to New Haven public school students and was awarded the Seymour Lustman Prize to make a documentary about a geological disaster in Indonesia. Sharon regularly exhibits her artwork and is a current resident at the Drawing Center in Manhattan, where she focuses on medical culture and aesthetics.
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Hi! These are the notes from my science class. Oh, who am I? Well, some people said I was the smartest kid in class. I wrote everything you need to ace SCIENCE, from EXPERIMENTS to the ECOSYSTEMS and only the really important stuff in between-you know, the stuff that’s usually on the test! I tried to keep everything organized, so I almost always: • Highlight vocabulary words in YELLOW • Color in definitions in green highlighter • Use BLUE PEN for important people, places, dates, and terms • Doodle a pretty sweet Charles Darwin and whatnot to visually show the big ideas If you’re not loving your textbook and you’re not so great at taking notes in class, this notebook will help. It hits all the major points. (But if your teacher spends a whole class talking about something that’s not covered, go ahead and write that down for yourself.) Now that I’ve aced science, this notebook is YOURS. I’m done with it, so this notebook’s purpose in life is to help YOU learn and remember just what you need to ace YOUR science class.
Table of Contents
CONTENTSUnit 1: Scientific Investigation 1 1. Thinking Like a Scientist 2 2. Scientific Experiments 11 3. Lab Reports and Evaluating Results 31 4. SI Units and Measurements 37 5. Lab Safety and Scientific Tools 47Unit 2: MATTER, CHEMICAL REACTIONS, and SOLUTIONS 59 6. Matter, Properties, and Phases 60 7. Periodic Table, Atomic Structure, and Compounds 71 8. Solutions and Fluids 83Unit 3: MOTION, FORCES, and WORK 91 9. Motion 92 10. Force and Newton’s Laws of Motion 99 11. Gravity, Friction, and More Forces in Everyday Life 109 12. Work and Machines 119Unit 4: ENERGY 129 13. Forms of Energy 130 14. Thermal Energy 137 15. Light and Sound Waves 143 16. Electricity and Magnetism 159 17. Electrical Energy Sources 175Unit 5: OUTER SPACE: The UNIVERSE and the SOLAR SYSTEM 183 18. The Solar System and Space Exploration 184 19. The Sun-Earth-Moon System 197 20. Stars and Galaxies 209 21. The Origin of the Universe and Our Solar System 219UNIT 6: The EARTH, WEATHER, ATMOSPHERE, and CLIMATE 227 22. Minerals, Rocks, and the Earth’s Structure 228 23. Earth's Crust in Motion 239 24. Weathering and Erosion 251 25. The Earth’s Atmosphere and Water Cycle 259 26. Weather 269 27. Climate 281Unit 7: LIFE: CLASSIFICATION and CELLS 291 28. Organisms and Biological Classification 292 29. Cell Theory and Cell Structure 303 30. Cellular Transport and Metabolism 313 31. Cell Reproduction and Protein Synthesis 321Unit 8: PLANTS and ANIMALS 333 32. Plant Structure and Reproduction 334 33. Animals: Invertebrates 345 34. Animals: Vertebrates 355 35. Animal and Plant Homeostasis and Behavior 365Unit 9: The HUMAN BODY and BODY SYSTEMS 373 36. Skeletal and Muscular Systems 374 37. Nervous and Endocrine Systems 385 38. Digestive and Excretory Systems 397 39. Respiratory and Circulatory Systems 405 40. Immune and Lymphatic Systems 415 41. Human Reproduction and Development 423Unit 10: HISTORY of LIFE: HEREDITY, EVOLUTION, and FOSSILS 433 42. Heredity and Genetics 434 43. Evolution 445 44. Fossils and Rock Ages 457 45. History of Life on Earth 465Unit 11: ECOLOGY: HABITATS, INTERDEPENDENCE, and RESOURCES 475 46. Ecology and Ecosystems 476 47. Interdependence and the Cycling of Energy and Matter 485 48. Ecological Succession and Biomes 497 49. Natural Resources and Conservation 509
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