What is the World Made Of?

What is the World Made Of

Title:  What is the World Made Of?  All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases

Author:  Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Illustrator:  Paul Meisel


Can you walk through a wall?  How about drink a glass of blocks?  Everything is made of something, and that something is called matter.  You can’t walk through a wall because of the properties of solids.  Solids hold their shape, even when broken into smaller pieces, so the only way that you could get through a wall is to break it!  This vibrantly illustrated non-fiction text chooses just the right connections for young people to form an understanding of matter and its properties.  Readers will be encouraged to think about everyday activities like spinning in a circle, making ice cubes, and building a snowman, and how those activities illustrate the various properties of matter.  A Find Out More About Matter page at the end of the book suggests other ways to explore and experiment with matter.

Curriculum Connections:

States of matter

Scientific investigation

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