Be A Document Detective

Developing historical inquiry skills is fundamental to understanding our past. The Be A Document Detective series introduces primary aged students to four key primary sources that inform historical investigations. Language, layout, images and content are carefully combined to target Years 3 to 6 reading and interest levels.

Be an Artifact Detective and learn about learn objects from the past as primary sources and discover how they can be used to answer questions.
Be a Diary Detective and examine letters and diaries as primary sources and discover how they can be used to study the past.
Be a Speech Detective and discover how speeches, interviews and oral histories help us find out about the lives, beliefs and policies of people in the past.
Be a Photograph Detective and learn how to examine photographs as primary sources and discover how they can be used to study the past.

This series supports directly supports the Australian HASS Curriculum by addressing the required historical inquiry skills across the primary grades. Each book provides a springboard into different primary sources and how they provide clues to the past.

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Tokens and Omens – Jeri Baird

Wow! – What a fantastic teen read in this first title in a trilogy being written by Jeri Baird.

baird_tokens_omensSet in Puck’s Gulch, in a country that aimed (but failed) to have all tribes equal, the 16 year-olds in the village must undergo a quest to discover their talents and future place in the community. Leading up to the trial the teenagers are trained and Fate is a constant presence, handing out Tokens for good deeds and Omens for wrongdoings. Even with their unique magical gifts, Fate seems determined to stop them from completing their dangerous rite of passage—can they break the rules and cheat Fate?

Zander trusts Fate and has had experience living and surviving in the forest whilst helping his father in the fur trade. Alexa only trusts herself and tires to control her encounters. With others in the group their is a telling mix of friendship and trust and animosity and bad deeds. How can the group survive when there are more evil omens than good tokens to overcome them.

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Jeri Baird has created a believable and engaging alternate world with a strong underlying theme of earning your place in the world and taking responsibility for the choices you make. The challenge throws a divergent group of teenagers with different classes, talents and attitudes together. Relationships are volatile at times but also demonstrate deep bonds of friendships, compassion and trust. Tokens and Omens offers everything that you could ask for in teen fantasy with strong male and female protagonists, adventure, excitement and a challenging quest to survive. I can’t wait for the next installment –  Curses and Warfare.

As well as providing an engaging high interest read for pleasure, Tokens and Omens has great potential to stimulate class discussion and debate. An excellent opening to explore the Ethical Understanding and Personal and Social capabilities in the Australian Curriculum.

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Zap! Engaging Science Series

The Zap! series is packed with fascinating facts and stunning photographs to help primary aged children explore the world of sciences in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry and geology.

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In Natural World children can discover awe-inspiring facts about the climate and terrain of our planet and beyond, from volcanic eruptions to gigantic mountains.

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In Amazing Animals children can discover the unbelievable abilities of various species. What is an elephant made from? How do some creatures use camouflage? All these questions and more are answered inside!

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In Science Superhero children can learn how humans transcend their physical limitations. How do we plumb the depths of the ocean? How can we survive car crashes? All these questions and more are answered inside!

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In Future World children can learn about amazing scientific developments that will revolutionise the world and our everyday lives.

 

This series supports the Australian Science Curriculum across each content area. They are also highly topical to engage students in non-fiction reading for pleasure and personal interest.

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Simple Machines in my Makerspace

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Simple Machines in my Makerspace is a cleverly designed series that combines the scientific principles of simple machines alongisde those underpinning Makerspaces. As students learn about different simple machines there are opportunities to apply and test the scientific principles through simple projects. Each title focuses on one simple machine and its construction as a jumping-off point into maker-inspired projects. Children are guided through the process so that they will become familiar with the skills required for working in Makerspaces—communication, collaboration, creativity, and problem solving—whilst thinking about and evaluating each stage of development.

Each title describes the structure through clear and simple text, images and diagrams. Readers are provided with step-by-step instructions to help children construct each machine followed with strategies to start their own creative projects to apply their learning.

This series supports the Australian Science Curriculum in Physical Sciences to explore forces and simple machines. The titles are current, attractive, engaging and easily accessible starting points for discussion.

Available from INT Books for schools and libraries across Australia. For personal orders in Australia you can order direct at intbooks.online.

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Money Sense – Primary financial literacy

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The Money Sense series provides an effective way to build a strong financial literacy foundation for primary aged students to address learning outcomes in HASS and Mathematics. Each title introduces young readers to basic economic concepts and vocabulary in an engaging and accessible way. Information is presented within familiar situations to demonstrate cause-and-effect relationships, encourage critical thinking skills, and reinforce possible financial outcomes resulting from different choices.

Why Does Money Matter? explores the role of money in the lives of people around the world, including its necessity for meeting basic needs, as well as the importance for charity.

Learning About Earning investigates how money is earned and the role of work and earning a salary. It examines the nature of goods and services alongside the roles of producers and consumers.

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WhyShouldISaveWhat do I Want? What do I Need?  discusses the important difference between wants and needs, and how these relate to money. Children will learn how to weigh the pros and cons of a purchase, and to equate smart money choices with examples from their own lives.
Why Should I Save for a Rainy Day? identifies the benefits of saving and developing financial discipline in personal habits through real-world scenarios. Children are encouraged to consider how they can practice saving in their own lives.

This series supports the Australian Curriculum Year 5 Mathematics content on financial planning and HASS Economics and Business strand for Years 5 and 6. The titles are current, attractive, engaging and easily accessible starting points for discussion.

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The Gigantic Book of Genes – Lorna Hendry

Published in 2016 and shortlisted for the 2017 CBCA  Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, this is a worthy addition to any household or school library.

giganticbookofgenesA visual delight, this books explains genetics in simple language and with clear imagery. Stunning photography and imagery from double page spreads to silhouette cut outs and white backgrounds, and large carefully placed text, and fact boxes combine to make this a fascinating read. The Gigantic Book of Genes is an excellent information book to engage curious minds rather than to support scientific research. The extensive glossary at the back makes interesting reading on its own and the series of ‘tests’ scattered throughout the books give young readers a chance to discover some of their own unique genetic characteristics. The next time you have a need to explain DNA to someone, don’t – grab this book instead.

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Destination: Middle Ages

Destination: Middle Ages takes readers on a journey through the day-to-day life of the Medieval world. The newspaper style presentation provides succinct factual information supported by illustrations, maps, images, paintings and drawings to present a visual and informative guide to the times drawing from artefacts and historical documents as evidence. Discover fascinating facts about Medieval society and see what life was like for monarchs, knights, and peasants, and how life inside a castle differed from life in a village or manor house. Historic information includes significant battles, the great literature, art, and inventions of the day, and the heroic men and women who made their marks on the battlefield, in the halls of power, or in rebellion. The influence of religion and the roles of trade and commerce are also examined.

Sneak a peak at Your Guide to Trade in the Middle Ages. Follow the trade route to the Middle Ages and witness the expansion of trade and commerce, made possible by the advancements in shipbuilding. Discover the effects of this expansion, including the growth of towns, the formation of guilds, the increasing demand for luxury items, and the famous travels to China of a merchant named Marco Polo.

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What’s inside Your Guide to Medieval Society? Meet the people of the Middle Ages—from the lowly peasant to the royal court. This fascinating book reveals Medieval society and the realities of everyday life according to social class, including lifestyles and sources of entertainment. Famous people in religion, peasant rebellions, and politics are featured, along with events such as the signing of the Magna Carta.
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Discover the contribution of the Islamic world in Your Guide to the Islamic Golden Age. Did you know that during the Middle Ages, the Islamic world experienced a time of remarkable expansion when scientific invention and artistic creation flourished. Learn about the important achievements and lasting legacy of this magnificent era.

A fascinating and accessible new series to support studies in Humanities and Social Sciences: Year 8 History and to intrigue inquiring minds that love to explore Medieval history.

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