Reading Level: Grades 3-5
Interest Level: Grades 4-7
Page Count: 32
Trim Size: 7″ x 9″
Series Lexile®: 660-930
Series F&P Level: R-S
Correlation with National Curriculum:
CCSS RI 4.1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8; RI 5.1, 2, 3, 4, 8; RI 6.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; RI 7.1, 2, 4, 5
NSES A, D, E, F
Library Bound Books
Individual Titles: $28.50 (List)/ $19.95 (S/L)
Set of 8 (978-1-63517-008-5):
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Individual Titles: $9.95
Set of 8 (978-1-63517-064-1):
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Detecting Disasters examines how scientists keep people safe by predicting and studying natural disasters. Each book covers the science behind the disaster, notable examples from the past, and the cutting-edge technology scientists are using today. This exciting series will introduce readers to the lifesaving power of science.
Select a title below to find educator resources, including lesson plans, curriculum correlations, resource links, and book-related downloadables.
School Library Connection, October 1, 2017
Excerpt: “The already interesting topic of natural disasters becomes even more fascinating in this made-for-teaching series. All titles would be a great fit for libraries or classrooms.”
School Library Journal/Series Made Simple, April 2017
BELL, Samantha S. Detecting Hurricanes. ISBN 9781635170030; ISBN 9781635170597.
––––. Detecting Wildfires. ISBN 9781635170078; ISBN 9781635170634.
TRUEIT, Trudi Strain. Detecting Avalanches. ISBN 9781635170009; ISBN 9781635170566.
––––. Detecting Volcanic Eruptions. ISBN 9781635170061; ISBN 9781635170627.
VENTURA, Marne. Detecting Earthquakes. ISBN 9781635170016; ISBN 9781635170573.
––––. Detecting Floods. ISBN 9781635170023; ISBN 9781635170580.
––––. Detecting Tornadoes. ISBN 9781635170047; ISBN 9781635170603.
––––. Detecting Tsunamis. ISBN 9781635170054; ISBN 9781635170610.
ea vol: 32p. (Detecting Disasters). diag. ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. North Star. Jan. 2017. lib. ed. $28.50. pap. $9.95.
Gr 3-6–After presenting a real-life example of people impacted by the title disaster, each book discusses the causes, warning signs, and potential impact of these natural events. The amount of attention given to scientific prediction and detection varies. For example, Floods devotes several pages to prevention, including diagrams of various types of dams. Wildfires and Hurricanes offer the greatest detail about how scientific methods and instruments have changed and improved through the years. Those volumes represent the top choices from the series. Related publisher resources online include detailed lesson plans and activities. VERDICT Teachers building science curricula may want the entire set to make comparisons and connections among volumes, although each book stands alone for collections needing to supplement only specific subject areas.
Booklist, April 1, 2017
Detecting Volcanic Eruptions.
Trueit, Trudi Strain (Author)
Jan 2017. 32 p. Focus Readers, hardcover, $28.50. (9781635170061). 551.21.
Though it might seem like volcanoes erupt without warning, scientists can often predict when they’ll explode, and this entry in the Detecting Disasters series outlines some of the methods volcanologists use to keep people safe from eruptions. A couple of chapters outline basic volcano science, including plate tectonics, volcano types, and how they form, before getting to the instruments and tracking volcanologists use when monitoring active volcanoes, such as spectrometers, which identify gasses emitted by craters, or tiltmeters, which can measure whether a volcano is changing shape. Though the somewhat muddled organization of each chapter might be a challenge for some students, the atypical approach—focusing on tools and monitoring systems—and exciting photos of erupting volcanoes might lure in middle-grade students. A brief glossary, quiz, and volcano-safety checklist round out this volume. — Sarah Hunter
NSTA, March 16, 2017
Author: Marne Ventura
Need a reluctant readers? If so, then this is the series for you. Detecting Floods is just one of eight books in the Detecting Disasters series from Focus Readers. Each book focuses on a disaster, has stunning photographs depicting the disaster and its aftereffects, and is short enough that it entices those students who don’t want to read a thick book to open it and start to read. The photos enhance the topic and there is just enough information to keep students involved in the topic. The print is large and includes a survivor story which describes what it would be like to be in an avalanche. The 6–8 vocabulary words are highlighted in dark print and explained in a small glossary at the back of the book. A flood. Written by a former elementary teacher, a real story of a family whose house is ruined by a flood is told in just enough detail and prediction of floods, including the four types of dams to control water, are also explored. The science of floods including the water cycle are also explained. There are four questions, two short answer and two multiple choice at the end of the book. Links to resources, including lesson plans and activities are also included. Reading level is grades 3–5 while interest level is grades 4–7.
Reviewer: Jacqueline Pfeiffer
Title: Detecting Floods