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Alien in My Pocket #4: On Impact!

By Nate Ball, Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

This must-read Alien in My Pocket book is the fourth in the series by Nate Ball, the host of PBS's Design Squad and Design Squad Nation. In this hilarious new adventure, Zack and his alien friend, Amp, learn about friction, deceleration, and how to soften a crash-landing.

When Zack McGee crashes his bike, he's stuck at home with his arm in a sling and his baseball season on the line. What's worse, his bike crashed because his four-inch-tall houseguest, Amp, experimented on the brakes! Now Zack is easy prey for his little brother, Taylor, who's determined to find out once and for all what mysteries Zack has hidden in his pocket.

Like every book in the Alien in My Pocket series, On Impact! mixes Common Core–aligned science and safe, hands-on experiments with a hilarious story that young readers will love.

Publishers Weekly said of Alien in My Pocket: Blast Off!: "With its screwball comedy and lively dialogue, the novel gives readers the opportunity to laugh as they learn."

Supports the Common Core State Standards

  • Grade level: 4
  • Interest Level: 1-5
  • Guided Reading Level: R

COMMON CORE OBJECTIVES AND QUESTIONS

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language. Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters.

Compare and contrast the adventures of the main characters in two of the Alien in My Pocket books. Provide a brief summary. RL.4.1,2,3; W.4.4,9,9a,10

How does the author use figurative language in the book? How does it contribute to the tone and voice? Identify an example of figurative language from the text. Tell what the author meant to say. RL.4.4; L.4.5,5a

What scientific concepts or ideas does Nate Ball present in this title? How does he use reasons and evidence to support claims in the text? RI.4.1,3,8
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780062216298
  • ISBN 10: 0062216295
  • ISBN 13: 9780062216298
  • Pages: 128
  • Trim Size: 5.13 x 7.63 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Science & Technology
  • Juvenile Fiction / School & Education
  • Juvenile Fiction / Boys & Men

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COMMON CORE STRANDS

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1,2,3,4,6,7,9,10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2,2a,2b,2d,2e,4,7,8,9,9b
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4,4a,4c,5,6
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