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"Clear explanations, relatable examples, and effective visuals." — The Horn Book Guide 

"This series includes lots of facts and examples of the concept of work, presenting the facts from the simple to the more complex. Large colorful pictures give the reader examples of work that a child could relate to, and a list of everyday household items that are needed to perform each example is included.” 
Library Media Connection

"The texts provide clear explanations and the experiments add a significant degree of interest. The color photographs are crisp and clear, as are the diagrams."
School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

"The vocabulary and science concepts are appropriate for upper elementary school level students. However, with adult help, the books might also be used for even younger students."
Science Books & Films

"Because the working of simple machines is a common content area and the topic is well-developed, teachers will appreciate this series. In this book, the authors include hands-on activities that use everyday items, photographs of people using simple machines, and easy-to-read diagrams that explain how pulleys work. There are practical, everyday examples of simple machines throughout the book. The first chapter defines work by a scientist and provides examples of how simple machines are used to make work easier. Other chapters focus on gravity, friction, machines, and types of pulleys. The scientific content is clearly described in the text, and the description is enhanced by photographs of people using a variety of pulleys to do work. The content is written so that students in grades three to five can comprehend the science concept. This is a good book for a classroom or school library."
NSTA

Put Inclined Planes to the Test 
  ISBN 9780761353249 hc; 9780761378655 pb
Put Levers to the Test
  ISBN 9780761353218 hc; 9780761378662 pb
Put Pulleys to the Test
  ISBN 9780761353225 hc; 9780761378679 pb
Put Screws to the Test
  ISBN 9780761353232 hc; 9780761378686 pb
Put Wedges to the Test 
  ISBN 9780761353256 hc; 9780761378693 pb
Put Wheels and Axles to the Test
  ISBN 9780761353263 hc; 9780761378709 pb

   Put Inclined Planes to the Test
Put Inclined Planes to the Test

   Put Pulleys to the Test
 Put Pulleys to the Test

   Put Wedges to the Test
 Put Wedges to the Test

 

   Put Levers to the Test
 Put Levers to the Test

   Put Screws to the Test
 Put Screws to the Test

   Put Wheels and Axles to the Test
 Put Wheels and Axles to the Test

 

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