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Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children

Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children January 2017

Each themed issue of ASK invites newly independent readers to explore the world of science and ideas with topics that really appeal to kids: What makes wind? Where do colors come from? Were pirates real? Filled with lively, well-written articles, vivid graphics, activities, cartoons, and plenty of humor, ASK is science kids demand to read! Grades 3-5

Pays:
United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Cricket Media, Inc.
Fréquence:
Monthly
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2 min.
nosy news

JOURNEY TO JUPITER After a five-year journey, an Earthly visitor has arrived at Jupiter, our solar system’s biggest planet. The visitor is a robotic spacecraft called Juno. Juno quickly got to work snapping photos and sampling the space around the planet. Juno will circle Jupiter 37 times over a period of 20 months. Its scientific tools will peer through the planet’s swirling clouds to help answer some questions. For example, how far down do those clouds go? How much water do they hold? Does the planet have a core made of solid rock? How strong is its magnetic field? The data will help Earthlings get to know our giant neighbor a little better. It will also help scientists understand how the solar system formed 4.6 billion years ago. Stay tuned for…

3 min.
the story of books

Before there were books, people learned stories by heart and taught new ones to each other. Sometimes it was hard to remember them all. Things grew a little easier when writing was invented. The first writers made marks by pressing sticks into slabs of soft clay. When baked, the clay became hard and strong. At first, the new marks were just used to make lists. But soon people were writing down laws, and then stories. Imagine if each page of one of your books were a clay block instead of a piece of paper. The ancient Egyptians wrote their stories on flat sheets made from papyrus plants. They glued many papyrus sheets together to make one long strip. Then they rolled the strip around a stick to make a scroll that could be tied…

2 min.
how ask is made

First, the Ask team gets together to share ideas. What would be a fun topic? What stories and pictures should be in it? Not all our ideas make it into the magazine! Once everyone agrees on some good stories, the editor calls up writers. Sometimes the writers come up with their own story ideas. When the writers send in their stories, the editors read them carefully to make sure there are no mistakes. The art director finds lots of photos to go with the stories and talks to everybody about which ones make the stories easier to understand. The art director decides where the words, art, and photos will go on each page. She uses the computer to design what the magazine pages will look like. She finds an artist who is good at drawing funny…

1 min.
dr. bibliophile’s odd and curious books

Big book This enormous book of Buddhist teachings is carved onto 730 stones set around a temple in Myanmar. Small book This tiny round prayer book was made for a noblewoman in 1480. Fish book Many odd materials have been used to make book covers—wood, feathers, stone, noodles, even clamshells. Fun book Pop-up books can make reading even more fun. This carousel book opens up into a circular diorama. Each scene tells a part of the story. Lotta book Can’t decide what to read? This unusual tome is actually six books bound together. One opens to the left, one to the right, and two open from either end, where the clasps are. Not a book The fun design of the Kansas City Public Library lets everyone know what’s inside. New look Some artists fold book pages in creative ways to give a book…

6 min.
the book of everything

Have you ever wondered how to make a wheel, or how many arms a squid has? Just type your question into a computer, and instantly you have floods of information! But finding things out wasn’t always so easy. A Curious Time Back in the 1700s, there were no computers, or cars, or even electric lights. If you had a question, you could ask your parents, or a teacher, or a priest. A few people had books, but for most, the world outside their villages was a mystery. Yet all over Europe and America, people were crazy for knowledge. More and more were learning to read. Science was challenging old ways of thinking and offering new explanations of the world. This age came to be called “the Enlightenment” for its great love of learning. With…

1 min.
meet brian floca

My book Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 is based on something that really happened—the first mission to land on the moon. Some people say you should write about what you know, but I like to write about what I want to know, and I wanted to know how people went to the moon. To make sure my drawings were just right, I visited museums, looked at NASA’s website, and read books—lots of books! I even bought some model spaceships. A drawing starts like this. Sketchy! It needs a lot of work! I think about how to tell the story. I write and draw. I rewrite and redraw. I glue and staple the pictures together, so I can turn pages and see how the words and drawings look next to each other, just like…