Examines how scientists study floods. With colorful spreads featuring fun facts, sidebars, a disaster preparedness checklist, and a “How It Works” feature, this book provides an exciting look at the science of disaster detection.
NSTA, March 16, 2017
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. — Jacqueline Pfeiffer
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