What is It Made Of?
Word Count: 87
100th Word: NA
Tips for Reading this
Book with Children:
1. Read the title.
Predictions – after reading the title have students make predictions about the book.
2. Take a book walk:
Talk about the pictures in the book. Use the
content words from the book as you take the
Have children find one or two words they know as they do a picture walk.
3. Have children find words they recognize in the text.
4. Have students read the remaining text aloud.
5. Strategy Talk – use to assist children while reading.
• Get your mouth ready
• Look at the picture
• Think…does it make sense
• Think…does it look right
• Think…does it sound right
• Chunk it – by looking for a part you know
6. Read it again.
7. Complete the activities at the end of the book.
What is It
by Amy S. Hansen
Science Content Editor:
Science content editor: Kristi Lew
A former high school teacher with a background in biochemistry and more than 10 years of experience in
cytogenetic laboratories, Kristi Lew specializes in taking complex scientific information and making it fun
and interesting for scientists and non-scientists alike. She is the author of more than 20 science books for
children and teachers.
© 2012 Rourke Publishing LLC
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means,
electronic or mechanical including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval
system without permission in writing from the publisher.
Cover © vadim kozlovsky, Cover logo frog © Eric Pohl, test tube © Sergey Lazarev; Page 3 © Emese;
Page 5 © Poznyakov; Page 7 © Anton Albert; Page 9 © hans magelssen; Page 11 © photobank.ch;
Page 13 © mypokcik; Page 15 © ZouZou; Page 17 © Carlos E. Santa Maria; Page 19 © tikona; Page 20
© ID1974; Page 22 © Anton Albert, hans magelssen, Carlos E. Santa Maria; Page 23 © photobank.ch,
Editor: Kelli Hicks
Cover and page design by Nicola Stratford, bdpublishing.com
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
What is it made of? / Amy S. Hansen.
p. cm. -- (My science library)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-1-61741-725-2 (Hard cover) (alk. paper)
ISBN 978-1-61741-927-0 (Soft cover)
1. Materials--Juvenile literature. I. Title.
Printed in China,
Power Printing Company Ltd
www.rourkeclassroom.com - [email protected]
Post Office Box 643328 Vero Beach, Florida 32964
Everything I touch is made
What is it made of?
I wear a coat made
of cloth. Cloth keeps
I ride a bus made of
metal. Metal is strong.
I sit at a table made
of plastic. Plastic can
My hat is plastic, too.
Plastic can be soft.
I use a pencil made of
wood. Wood can feel
I write on paper. It is
made of wood, too.
I can touch the
What is it made of?
1. What is the bus made of?
2. How does the wood feel?
3. Why does paper rip?
Cloth is a piece of fabric made
from weaving or knitting pieces of
thread or yarn.
A material such as iron, copper,
gold, or silver that is usually hard
Paper is a material made from
chopped up wood, or from torn
This is a material made by
people. It is not found in nature.
An outdoor area where kids
can play on swings, slides, and
The material that makes up
a tree’s trunk and branches is
plastic 10, 12
wood 14, 16
About the Author
Amy S. Hansen is a science
writer who likes to figure out
what stuff is made of, and
how it is put together. She
lives in the Washington, D.C.
area with her husband, two
sons, and two cats.
Comprehension & Extension:
How can you tell what something is made of?
What are some materials used to make things
Text to Self Connection:
Do you use anything made from plastic?
What do you use that is made of metal?
•Extension: Compare and Contrast
Use a venn diagram to compare and contrast two items from the book. For example, you could
compare pencil and paper or a table and a
Use glossary words in a
Have you ever wondered about the science all around us? Plants
grow and change, the Sun rises to warm the Earth, and matter
changes from one form to another. Investigate Life, Physical, Earth,
and Technology science topics with Rourke’s My Science Library. This
library explores NSTA science standards with engaging text and
colorful images to support readers from kindergarten to third grade.
Are you ready to investigate?
Books in My Science Library:
Apple Trees and the Seasons
Day and Night
How Do Plants Grow?
I Use Science Tools
I Use Simple Machines
Our Sun Brings Life
Run, Swim, Fly
Science Safety Rules
Solid or Liquid?
Stop and Go, Fast and Slow: Moving
Objects in Different Ways
What Is It Made Of?
Who Do I Look Like? A Book about
Printed in China