Evolution: How Life Adapts to a Changing Environment

Evolution: How Life Adapts to a Changing Environment

Why do humans walk on two legs? Why do fish have gills? Life on Earth is incredibly diverse and part of the reason for this is evolution, or the theory that living things change with time. Evolution: How Life Adapts to a Changing Environment explores the theory of evolution, its history, how we think it works, examples of creatures who have evolved in response to specific circumstances, and what this might mean for the future of our planet.

  • This nonfiction title for students ages 9 to 12 offers an introduction to evolution and the concept that every living species evolves to adapt to the changing environment.
  • This book invites readers to think in terms of geological time, which is useful when considering the earth as an ecosystem that has survived for millennia.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.99

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL Z+

Subjects

  • Life Science

Author
 

Illustrator
Alexis Cornell 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • 4-color interior
  • 128 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619306011
  • Hardcover, 9781619305977

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Why do humans walk on two legs? Why do fish have gills? Life on Earth is incredibly diverse and part of the reason for this is evolution, or the theory that living things change with time. Evolution: How Life Adapts to a Changing Environment explores the theory of evolution, its history, how we think it works, examples of creatures who have evolved in response to specific circumstances, and what this might mean for the future of our planet.

  • This nonfiction title for students ages 9 to 12 offers an introduction to evolution and the concept that every living species evolves to adapt to the changing environment.
  • This book invites readers to think in terms of geological time, which is useful when considering the earth as an ecosystem that has survived for millennia.

Reviews

Dr. Rebecca Safran, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
“This is a great introduction to the most unifying theme in all of biology: evolution. Here, students will gain both historic and modern views on the evolutionary process as well as examples and activities to help consolidate what they are learning.”

Praise for Other Titles by Carla Mooney:

The U.S. Constitution: Discover How Democracy Works with 25 Projects

Booklist Online Exclusive
“This book explains how history, civics, philosophy, and current events all play an important role in understanding how the U.S. government works both in theory and in practice. The events that provided a catalyst for the Constitution are introduced, with a brief primer on the American Revolution and the Constitutional Convention. Basic precepts of democracy and more intricate foundational concepts, such as checks and balances and branches of government, are discussed. Vivid illustrations contextualize these abstractions in an appealing comic-book style, and new terms are introduced a handful at a time. Each chapter summary culminates in a relevant active-learning exercise. These activities will appeal to many modalities and learning styles and range in difficulty from creating parchment from scratch to planning a debate of important current events. By using active learning as a capstone to critical concepts and by including essential questions to guide readers, the book provides an interactive introduction to ideas that are vital to responsible citizenship.”

School Library Journal
Mooney adds another informational volume to the series with an overview of the U.S. Constitution. She explains the background of the American Revolution as well as the significance of early documents like the Declaration of Independence. The long road to the establishment of the Constitution is examined, including the debates among the differing factions at the Constitutional Convention. The text lays out in accessible language important concepts such as the separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, and the process for amending the Constitution. The author covers various amendments in detail, with excerpts from several primary documents. She also explores historical documents from Europe that provide context to the Constitution, including the Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights. Dozens of activities pepper the text, such as discussion questions regarding the Declaration of Independence and debate ideas between Federalists and Anti-Federalists. Casteel’s color illustrations are simple and inviting, and they illuminate important points clearly.  VERDICT A handy and useful resource for upper elementary and middle school classrooms with an interest in government and politics.”

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
Love this title! Beautifully designed, well organized and wonderful opportunities for students to think, apply, analyze and connect.”

Ken I. Kersch, Professor of Political Science, History, and Law, Boston College
“Mooney’s book provides an accessible, engaging, and well-informed introduction to the foundational texts, principles, and history of the constitutional democracy in the United States.”

Comparative Religion: Investigate the World Through Religious Tradition

Booklist
“The abstractions of religion make it a tricky topic for objective and clear middle-level resources, but this dynamic book manages to be both informative and accessible. . . By examining complex beliefs and doctrine in an accessible and reader-friendly format, Mooney effectively teases out the commonalities among major world religions.”

Kate Oxx, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Joseph’s University
“ Comparative Religions presents the basic elements of five religious traditions to help readers become familiar with and reflect on those faiths. Most importantly, it attends to ways the major faiths have shaped and are shaping their world, and cues them to note how tremendously significant the impact of religion is.”

Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA
Booklist
“Explains genetics in eight chapters that build upon one another . . . A solid resource that shows life science and biology students the practicalities and marvels of genetics.”

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation
Winner 2013 Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award
Winner 2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award
Dwight E. Adams, Ph.D., Director, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma
“This age-appropriate book is an excellent example of both the breadth of forensic science and the amalgamation of science, art, technology, and law. It provides excellent hands-on exercises to reinforce the content.”


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Projects

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Darwin's Finches

In 1835, Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands, in the Pacific Ocean. While there, he noticed several different types of finches. These birds were very different from the finches Darwin had seen in England. The finches on the different islands had beaks of various sizes and shapes. A finch’s beak structure determines what it can eat most efficiently. A finch with a tiny beak cannot easily crack large seeds. Finches with large beaks have trouble picking up tiny seeds. Darwin suspected the different beaks he observed were related to the finches’ feeding. He hypothesized that the different environmental conditions on each island had caused the finch populations to evolve by natural selection.

Today, there are 13 species of finches on the Galapagos Islands. Like Darwin hypothesized more than a century ago, many modern scientists believe that one species of finch arrived on the islands and evolved by natural selection to adapt to different food sources. In this activity, you are going to demonstrate how different adaptations can help different birds collect food.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

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carlamooney.com

Carla Mooney

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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Alexis Cornell

Alexis Cornell is a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: Z+
Subjects: Life Science,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Dr. Rebecca Safran, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
“This is a great introduction to the most unifying theme in all of biology: evolution. Here, students will gain both historic and modern views on the evolutionary process as well as examples and activities to help consolidate what they are learning.”

Praise for Other Titles by Carla Mooney:

The U.S. Constitution: Discover How Democracy Works with 25 Projects

Booklist Online Exclusive
“This book explains how history, civics, philosophy, and current events all play an important role in understanding how the U.S. government works both in theory and in practice. The events that provided a catalyst for the Constitution are introduced, with a brief primer on the American Revolution and the Constitutional Convention. Basic precepts of democracy and more intricate foundational concepts, such as checks and balances and branches of government, are discussed. Vivid illustrations contextualize these abstractions in an appealing comic-book style, and new terms are introduced a handful at a time. Each chapter summary culminates in a relevant active-learning exercise. These activities will appeal to many modalities and learning styles and range in difficulty from creating parchment from scratch to planning a debate of important current events. By using active learning as a capstone to critical concepts and by including essential questions to guide readers, the book provides an interactive introduction to ideas that are vital to responsible citizenship.”

School Library Journal
Mooney adds another informational volume to the series with an overview of the U.S. Constitution. She explains the background of the American Revolution as well as the significance of early documents like the Declaration of Independence. The long road to the establishment of the Constitution is examined, including the debates among the differing factions at the Constitutional Convention. The text lays out in accessible language important concepts such as the separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, and the process for amending the Constitution. The author covers various amendments in detail, with excerpts from several primary documents. She also explores historical documents from Europe that provide context to the Constitution, including the Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights. Dozens of activities pepper the text, such as discussion questions regarding the Declaration of Independence and debate ideas between Federalists and Anti-Federalists. Casteel’s color illustrations are simple and inviting, and they illuminate important points clearly.  VERDICT A handy and useful resource for upper elementary and middle school classrooms with an interest in government and politics.”

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
Love this title! Beautifully designed, well organized and wonderful opportunities for students to think, apply, analyze and connect.”

Ken I. Kersch, Professor of Political Science, History, and Law, Boston College
“Mooney’s book provides an accessible, engaging, and well-informed introduction to the foundational texts, principles, and history of the constitutional democracy in the United States.”

Comparative Religion: Investigate the World Through Religious Tradition

Booklist
“The abstractions of religion make it a tricky topic for objective and clear middle-level resources, but this dynamic book manages to be both informative and accessible. . . By examining complex beliefs and doctrine in an accessible and reader-friendly format, Mooney effectively teases out the commonalities among major world religions.”

Kate Oxx, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Joseph’s University
“ Comparative Religions presents the basic elements of five religious traditions to help readers become familiar with and reflect on those faiths. Most importantly, it attends to ways the major faiths have shaped and are shaping their world, and cues them to note how tremendously significant the impact of religion is.”

Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA
Booklist
“Explains genetics in eight chapters that build upon one another . . . A solid resource that shows life science and biology students the practicalities and marvels of genetics.”

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation
Winner 2013 Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award
Winner 2013 Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award
Dwight E. Adams, Ph.D., Director, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma
“This age-appropriate book is an excellent example of both the breadth of forensic science and the amalgamation of science, art, technology, and law. It provides excellent hands-on exercises to reinforce the content.”


Projects

project image

Darwin's Finches

In 1835, Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands, in the Pacific Ocean. While there, he noticed several different types of finches. These birds were very different from the finches Darwin had seen in England. The finches on the different islands had beaks of various sizes and shapes. A finch’s beak structure determines what it can eat most efficiently. A finch with a tiny beak cannot easily crack large seeds. Finches with large beaks have trouble picking up tiny seeds. Darwin suspected the different beaks he observed were related to the finches’ feeding. He hypothesized that the different environmental conditions on each island had caused the finch populations to evolve by natural selection.

Today, there are 13 species of finches on the Galapagos Islands. Like Darwin hypothesized more than a century ago, many modern scientists believe that one species of finch arrived on the islands and evolved by natural selection to adapt to different food sources. In this activity, you are going to demonstrate how different adaptations can help different birds collect food.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

author image
For More Information
carlamooney.com

Carla Mooney

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers including Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation, The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World and Explore Rivers and Ponds! With 25 Projects. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Highlights, Faces, and Learning Through History. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Alexis Cornell

Alexis Cornell is a graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.