Explore Fossils! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Fossils! With 25 Great Projects

In Explore Fossils! With 25 Great Projects, readers ages 7 to 10 discover what life was like on Earth millions of years ago when dinosaurs walked the land! Through investigations of plant and animal fossils, readers gain a deeper understanding of the complex relationships between different species and the land.

  • Examines reasons for the explosion of life as well as mass extinctions.
  • Readers learn why fossils are important and what they can teach us about the earth’s geological history.
  • Places dinosaurs in the context of the history of the earth.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $14.95
  • Hardcover, $19.95
  • eBook, $9.95

Grade Level 3–4

Ages 7–10

GRL V

Subjects

  • Earth/Space Science
  • Life Science
  • STEM - STEAM

Author
   

Illustrator
Bryan Stone 

Specs

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

Includes

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

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619303553
  • Hardcover, 9781619303317

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In Explore Fossils! With 25 Great Projects, readers ages 7 to 10 discover what life was like on Earth millions of years ago when dinosaurs walked the land! Through investigations of plant and animal fossils, readers gain a deeper understanding of the complex relationships between different species and the land.

  • Examines reasons for the explosion of life as well as mass extinctions.
  • Readers learn why fossils are important and what they can teach us about the earth’s geological history.
  • Places dinosaurs in the context of the history of the earth.

Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“The Browns intersperse indoor and outdoor activities with information about fossils, dinosaur, and paleontology in this entry in the Explore Your World! series. One early experiment helps readers get a sense of geological time by taking a 10-minute walk: the first step correlates to the Earth’s formation, four billion years ago; step 460 stands for the present day, and humans pop up at step 459 1/2. Relevant vocabulary terms (radioactive decay, chloroplasts, theropods) appear and are defined throughout, and Stone’s cartoons feature a recurring pair of unnamed animal paleontologists (one is a pterosaur), as well as help illustrate the various experiments. Clear, straightforward writing helps introduce sometimes complex topics like radiometric dating, as well as how human understanding of dinosaurs has changed through research and discovery”.

Booklist Online Exclusive
This latest title in the dependable Explore Your World! series takes on not just fossils but also the related topics of dinosaurs, geology, and ecosystems, as well as the role of scientists in discovering the past. Each chapter presents its information engagingly with plenty of well-inserted vocabulary support, age-appropriate riddles, and a cartoon explorer dinosaur wearing cargo shorts. Chapters conclude with several projects that engage creativity, exercise reason and math knowledge, and help practice observation skills. Required equipment and supplies are readily available in most households. The topic holds inherent interest to many in the target audience, and they should come away with a sound foundation in scientific fact, usable tips on how to derive evidence, and starting points from which to explore further. Browsers, of course, will have a fine time, but this book is even better suited for STEM programs, including those at camps and in museums.”

Markes Johnson, paleontologist, Professor Emeritus, Williams College
“This book by Cynthia Brown and her daughter go a long way toward providing reading material at the right level for a highly inquisitive youth. Clear definitions of vocabulary words are well placed and progressive in building a sound background. The book does not shy away from concepts that are challenging but critical to the meaning of fossils.”

Charles Marshall, Director, University of California
“This is a fun book with great, thought-provoking projects. It offers a surprisingly sophisticated introduction to paleontology for the young and young at heart.”

Spencer G. Lucas, PhD, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Museum of Paleontology
“Explore Fossils! provides young readers with a remarkable introduction to paleontology. It covers many topics not seen in similar books. The concise and up-to-date text, the clear and instructive illustrations, and the end-of-chapter projects make Explore Fossils! the best introduction to paleontology that I have ever seen.”

Praise for Other books by Cynthia Light Brown

Amazing Kitchen Chemistry Projects

Children’s Literature Review
“. . . This tidy kid-friendly book is crammed with activities and information on chemistry . . . Lots of science information is mixed with the how-to of the projects and there is hardly a blank space on a page anywhere in the book. . . . A very nicely done and reasonably priced collection.”

Roald Hoffmann, 1981 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry
“Chemistry experiments in the kitchen! From mysterious oobleck to soda rockets, this book is the greatest fun. I can’t wait to try some of these experiments. The grandchildren? They will have to wait.”

Explore Rocks and Minerals! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Booklist
“This offering from the Explore Your World series introduces budding geologists to basic information about rocks and minerals. . . . Appended with the usual back matter, this is makes a good choice for classroom science units.”

Mapping and Navigation: Explore the History and Science of Finding Your Way

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
“. . . a perfect STEM title and a wonderful resource for students in grades 4–7. It encourages students to draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.”

Geology of the Pacific Northwest: Investigate How the Earth Was Formed

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA Recommends)
“This excellent little book about the geology of the Pacific Northwest makes learning Earth science both fun and practical.”


Look Inside

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Projects

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Take a Walk Through Time

Life began on the earth a very long time ago. Compared with when life first appeared, humans have been around for a very, very short period of time. This activity will help you think about geologic time compared to human time.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

Cynthia Light Brown

Cynthia Light Brown is a founding partner and vice president of Clover Leaf Environmental Solutions with 21 years of experience as an environmental consultant specializing in pollution prevention, toxicology, and risk assessment. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Grace Brown

Grace Brown is a freshman at Mt. Lebanon High School with a particular interest in math and science. This is her first book. Grace lives in Pittsburgh, PA.


Nomad Press Titles Written by Grace
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For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.



More Details

Grade Level: 3–4
Ages: 7–10
GRL: V
Subjects: Earth/Space Science, Life Science, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 96 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“The Browns intersperse indoor and outdoor activities with information about fossils, dinosaur, and paleontology in this entry in the Explore Your World! series. One early experiment helps readers get a sense of geological time by taking a 10-minute walk: the first step correlates to the Earth’s formation, four billion years ago; step 460 stands for the present day, and humans pop up at step 459 1/2. Relevant vocabulary terms (radioactive decay, chloroplasts, theropods) appear and are defined throughout, and Stone’s cartoons feature a recurring pair of unnamed animal paleontologists (one is a pterosaur), as well as help illustrate the various experiments. Clear, straightforward writing helps introduce sometimes complex topics like radiometric dating, as well as how human understanding of dinosaurs has changed through research and discovery”.

Booklist Online Exclusive
This latest title in the dependable Explore Your World! series takes on not just fossils but also the related topics of dinosaurs, geology, and ecosystems, as well as the role of scientists in discovering the past. Each chapter presents its information engagingly with plenty of well-inserted vocabulary support, age-appropriate riddles, and a cartoon explorer dinosaur wearing cargo shorts. Chapters conclude with several projects that engage creativity, exercise reason and math knowledge, and help practice observation skills. Required equipment and supplies are readily available in most households. The topic holds inherent interest to many in the target audience, and they should come away with a sound foundation in scientific fact, usable tips on how to derive evidence, and starting points from which to explore further. Browsers, of course, will have a fine time, but this book is even better suited for STEM programs, including those at camps and in museums.”

Markes Johnson, paleontologist, Professor Emeritus, Williams College
“This book by Cynthia Brown and her daughter go a long way toward providing reading material at the right level for a highly inquisitive youth. Clear definitions of vocabulary words are well placed and progressive in building a sound background. The book does not shy away from concepts that are challenging but critical to the meaning of fossils.”

Charles Marshall, Director, University of California
“This is a fun book with great, thought-provoking projects. It offers a surprisingly sophisticated introduction to paleontology for the young and young at heart.”

Spencer G. Lucas, PhD, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Museum of Paleontology
“Explore Fossils! provides young readers with a remarkable introduction to paleontology. It covers many topics not seen in similar books. The concise and up-to-date text, the clear and instructive illustrations, and the end-of-chapter projects make Explore Fossils! the best introduction to paleontology that I have ever seen.”

Praise for Other books by Cynthia Light Brown

Amazing Kitchen Chemistry Projects

Children’s Literature Review
“. . . This tidy kid-friendly book is crammed with activities and information on chemistry . . . Lots of science information is mixed with the how-to of the projects and there is hardly a blank space on a page anywhere in the book. . . . A very nicely done and reasonably priced collection.”

Roald Hoffmann, 1981 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry
“Chemistry experiments in the kitchen! From mysterious oobleck to soda rockets, this book is the greatest fun. I can’t wait to try some of these experiments. The grandchildren? They will have to wait.”

Explore Rocks and Minerals! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Booklist
“This offering from the Explore Your World series introduces budding geologists to basic information about rocks and minerals. . . . Appended with the usual back matter, this is makes a good choice for classroom science units.”

Mapping and Navigation: Explore the History and Science of Finding Your Way

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
“. . . a perfect STEM title and a wonderful resource for students in grades 4–7. It encourages students to draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.”

Geology of the Pacific Northwest: Investigate How the Earth Was Formed

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA Recommends)
“This excellent little book about the geology of the Pacific Northwest makes learning Earth science both fun and practical.”


Projects

project image

Take a Walk Through Time

Life began on the earth a very long time ago. Compared with when life first appeared, humans have been around for a very, very short period of time. This activity will help you think about geologic time compared to human time.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Cynthia Light Brown

Cynthia Light Brown is a founding partner and vice president of Clover Leaf Environmental Solutions with 21 years of experience as an environmental consultant specializing in pollution prevention, toxicology, and risk assessment. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Grace Brown

Grace Brown is a freshman at Mt. Lebanon High School with a particular interest in math and science. This is her first book. Grace lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Nomad Press Titles Written by Grace
author image
For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.