A Great Science iBook

When I was younger, the non-fiction Science books I enjoyed reading were books from National Geographic the most, as they would always use bright colors, with clear and interesting photos, eye-catching text and many diagrams. The books provided information on everything related to science, from renewable energy to animal species.

I also enjoyed any book that was related to experiments and the human body. I liked reading books about experiments because they were always fun to do and I was able to learn some science and information about the world and myself at the same time (e.g. optical illusions, the different senses etc.). I liked books related to the human body because the human body is rather complicated, and it was interesting to go in depth and look at the different parts and functions. If I had to choose an actual fictional series related to science that I enjoyed, then it would be Magic School Bus, as I loved watching Ms. Frizzle and her class go on field trips that were funny but helped me learn at the same time.

Books that are made for younger audiences are different compared to adult focused books. Books for kids are usually filled with colors and visuals that attract the eye. There will be diagrams, photos, fonts, charts, word definitions, anything that helps to aid understanding. Adult books are usually more based on words than visuals. There will be pages filled with words from the top to the bottom, without anything else.

Some features that made the book interesting to me include an appealing cover (even though it isn’t good to judge a book by its cover), interesting information, and visuals and diagrams.

I think that the author definitely was able to use text to take complex ideas and explain them in a simplified way. Science is generally a very complicated topic, and the author was able to take bigger words and concepts, and break it down in a way so that the words were easier to understand. The author also provided pictures and diagrams, so that if the text was confusing you could refer to the picture to enhance your understanding. There were also glossaries, providing definitions for harder words, allowing readers to get the meaning of words they don’t know, and fully understand the meaning of the text.

Here is the mindmap I have created for our Design Challenge:

iPublish Challenge Mindmap






After I have told you what makes a great iBook to me, I would like to know what you think on this topic.

I would like to invite anyone in Grade 5-6 at CDNIS to reply with some thoughts on what you think makes a great science iBook.

When you look for books in a book store, what do you look for?

What features are needed in science iBooks to make it interesting for you?

Any other things that I should know about a great science iBook?


Please leave a comment with your thoughts and answers, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Managing Markups Math Assessment Reflection

What were the two big “takeaways” from Managing Markup assessment?

I think that the biggest “takeaway” for me was understanding how a business would work, from the wholesale price all the way to profit, allowing me to gain knowledge on pricing plans and strategies. The second “takeaway” would be that I know more of how percentages work in real life, as it is not as simple as sales in stores or nutrition facts on a packet of food.

How have you become a more educated investor? Be specific about how you would invest your money.

I have understood the relationship between markup, demand, revenue, cost and profit, and so I can define a good marketing strategy for my investments. I would invest my money on things that generate the highest profit, taking into consideration the price, demand, and cost. I also would not only look at the revenue, as the cost and profit can make a big difference.

Describe, with examples, how you improved some of your math skills.

I don’t think that my math skills improved a lot, as I had already acquired the math skills required for this assessment.

Why doesn’t a 20% discount followed by a 20% markup get you back to where you started?

Because they each are 20% of two different numbers. For example, if my starting price is $100, it will become $80 after the discount. The discount is 20% of $100. After the markup, the price changes from $80 to $96, because it has increased by 20% of $80. This is because it has increased by 20% of $80.

How do companies make a profit?

The costs are subtracted from the revenue. Companies maximize revenue and minimize costs, finding the optimal strategy that provides the most profit.

Is it possible for everyone to win in the marketplace?

No. You are in a competition with other businesses, aiming for the most investments and highest profit. Therefore, there will always be winners and losers. Those with the best marketing strategies, costs control and products that create the highest customer satisfaction will generate the highest profit.