Giving young readers a view into the inner workings of urban areas, this guide educates kids about all the parts that come together to make cities work by answering such questions as, How did people create subways? How does the water get to the very top of a skyscraper? and Is there any organization to a bustling metropolis? Fascinating sidebars, unique illustrations, Words to Know, and Did You Know facts combine with age-appropriate, hands-on activities to make learning about complex urban environments fun while reinforcing learning.
Grades 4-6. Propounding the emerging interdisciplinary paradigm of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics), this hands-on informational book discusses how cities’ complex structures and systems function together in an interdependent way. It begins with a description of how cities have changed since those first ancient riverside settlements, while a time line spans from prehistoric nomads to modern day. Meanwhile, 25 projects and activities demonstrate major themes such as the rise of cities from ancient civilizations, the basics of city planning, principles of constructing a load-bearing skyscraper, and problems associated with overpopulation. Basics of civil engineering are introduced and potential future problems of city life are explored. Through appealing illustrations, reader-friendly text, and fun hands-on experiments suitable for home and classroom, Reilly helps foster an appreciation for the way that cities function almost as organisms with vibrant systems and interdependent structures.