Inventing the Skateboard

The Spark of Invention
  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Compelling narrative nonfiction text presents the story of the skateboard's invention: why there was a need for it, its design and testing, the science behind it, and its lasting impact. Additional features to aid comprehension include a table of contents, fact-filled captions and callouts, infographics, a glossary, sources for further research, a listing of source notes, and an introduction to the author.

Momentum
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978-1-5038-0701-3
$34.95
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Narrative, Nonfiction
Category STEM
Copyright 2016
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Imprint Momentum
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2016-01-01
BISACS JNF051120, JNF061010
Dewey 688.7
Graphics Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 9
Lexile 550
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 3.8
ATOS Interest Level MG
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 180092
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Educational front/back matter, Glossary of key words, Index, Infographics, Informative sidebars, Phonetics, Primary-source text, Reviewed, Sources for further research, Suggested websites, and Table of contents
  • Roller Skates and Scooters
  • Sidewalk Surfboards
  • Building a Better Board
  • Plastic Wheels
  • Glossary
  • To Learn More
  • Source Notes
  • Index
Author: Christine Zuchora-Walske

Christine Zuchora-Walske studied literature, communications, and publishing at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Denver. She has been writing and editing children's books and articles for more than twenty years. She writes about science, history, and current events. Her books have made the IRA Teacher's Choice list and the NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students list. Christine lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children.

Reviews

A noteworthy review of The Spark of Invention from Booklist on April 1, 2016

In this entry in the Spark of Invention series, kids will learn that the skateboards of today are the product of many people’s efforts over time. Beginning with the crude boards of the 1920s, consisting of little more than a plank with roller skate wheels, the text moves forward to View →