Explore Predators and Prey! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Predators and Prey! With 25 Great Projects

Hunting, hiding, trapping, and tricking—these are a few of the strategies used by animals in the wild! In Explore Predators and Prey! With 25 Great Projects, readers 7–10 explore the physical and behavioral adaptations of predators and prey and their impact on the environment.

  • Predators and prey are often easy to find, observe, and study.
  • Encourages the development of important skills in science, math, and engineering, including data collection, model testing, and map creation.
  • Multi-disciplinary activities create opportunities to compare and contrast physical characteristics, behavioral patterns, and ecosystem dynamics.

Price (suggested retail)

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

Grade Level 3–4

Ages 7–10

Subjects

  • Life Science
  • STEM - STEAM

Author
 

Illustrator
Matt Aucoin 

Specs

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

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619304604
  • Hardcover, 9781619304567

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Hunting, hiding, trapping, and tricking—these are a few of the strategies used by animals in the wild! In Explore Predators and Prey! With 25 Great Projects, readers 7–10 explore the physical and behavioral adaptations of predators and prey and their impact on the environment.

  • Predators and prey are often easy to find, observe, and study.
  • Encourages the development of important skills in science, math, and engineering, including data collection, model testing, and map creation.
  • Multi-disciplinary activities create opportunities to compare and contrast physical characteristics, behavioral patterns, and ecosystem dynamics.

Reviews

National Science Teachers Association Recommends 
“Explore Predators and Prey! With 25 Great Projects provides a unique combination of solid, engaging, accurate text and hands–on experiences. . .  As a teacher myself, it presents itself as nearly a complete unit plan! I can imagine building a unit based on this book and the resources it provides. . . I would definitely recommend this book, and will be seeking out others in this series!” Read the complete review online.

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media
Recommended — Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
“This series, each book subtitled “With 25 Great Projects” is one that merits a place in every library serving children. . . This book focuses on predators and prey—how animals hunt, and how they avoid being hunted. There’s interesting information to be found here, and the projects are unique and STEM oriented. Buy the whole series.”

Booklist
“This title in the Explore series focuses on predators and their prey, encompassing everything from mammals to insects to plants. The upbeat, direct-address prose is aided by colorful layouts and cartoon drawings, jokes, facts, and activities. An introductory chapter overviews the predator-prey relationship and the scientific method (including a worksheet example) and provides a journal-making project. Subsequent chapters discuss diverse ways various predators and prey hunt and survive, like using venom, camouflage, or traveling in groups, and touch on ecological issues. . . With broad-ranging, intriguing information, accessibly conveyed scientific concepts, and plenty of key vocabulary terms, this is useful resource for educators. Plenty of questions sprinkled throughout the text invite engagement as well. In addition to the usual back matter, further reading resources include websites, many of which are accessible via QR codes.”

Praise for other title by Cindy Blobaum:

Explore Honey Bees! With 25 Great Projects
National Science Teachers Association
What did you have for breakfast this morning? As this book points out, you can probably thank a honey bee. Explore Honey Bees! with 25 Great Projects is a fun primer for those who want an overview of one of the hardest workers on our planet—the honey bee. . . The illustrations are inviting and informative, and each chapter builds upon the last to add to the reader’s quest for knowledge. . . It would truly bee exciting to have students learn more about honey bees from this book and appreciate the hard work they do.”

Explore Money! With 25 Great Projects
Marla Conn, educational consultant
Money is GREAT! I love the mad lib and the printing/etching activity in particular. This is truly a STEAM title.”

Explore Night Science! With 25 Great Projects
Parents & Teachers (US.Kids Magazine)
Explore Night Science! is filled with fun, step-by-step activities that explore what happens in plants, animals, the sky, and our own human bodies after the sun goes down. This book is a great introduction to the investigative process, teaching little scientists how to attract night insects, imitate night sounds, build a stardust trap, and more!”


Look Inside

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Projects

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Predator and Prey Journal

Good scientists keep track of many things. They write down the things they wonder about and the questions they ask. They record the steps they take in the scientific method. Create a special notebook to help you keep track of what you do and learn about predators and prey.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

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Cindy Blobaum

Cindy Blobaum is the author of Explore Night Science! for Nomad Press, as well as Geology Rocks and Insectigations. She is a contributor to Highlights, Hopscotch for Girls, and Plays magazines and has designed science-based programs and teacher workshops for nature organizations throughout the United States. Cindy lives in Des Moines, Iowa.


Matt Aucoin

Matt Aucoin earned his bachelor’s of fine art from Johnson State College and his master’s of fine art from the Center for Cartoon Studies. He teaches drawing to preschool-age children. Matt lives in Southern Vermont with his wife and their dog Owen.



More Details

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

Reviews

National Science Teachers Association Recommends 
“Explore Predators and Prey! With 25 Great Projects provides a unique combination of solid, engaging, accurate text and hands–on experiences. . .  As a teacher myself, it presents itself as nearly a complete unit plan! I can imagine building a unit based on this book and the resources it provides. . . I would definitely recommend this book, and will be seeking out others in this series!” Read the complete review online.

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media
Recommended — Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
“This series, each book subtitled “With 25 Great Projects” is one that merits a place in every library serving children. . . This book focuses on predators and prey—how animals hunt, and how they avoid being hunted. There’s interesting information to be found here, and the projects are unique and STEM oriented. Buy the whole series.”

Booklist
“This title in the Explore series focuses on predators and their prey, encompassing everything from mammals to insects to plants. The upbeat, direct-address prose is aided by colorful layouts and cartoon drawings, jokes, facts, and activities. An introductory chapter overviews the predator-prey relationship and the scientific method (including a worksheet example) and provides a journal-making project. Subsequent chapters discuss diverse ways various predators and prey hunt and survive, like using venom, camouflage, or traveling in groups, and touch on ecological issues. . . With broad-ranging, intriguing information, accessibly conveyed scientific concepts, and plenty of key vocabulary terms, this is useful resource for educators. Plenty of questions sprinkled throughout the text invite engagement as well. In addition to the usual back matter, further reading resources include websites, many of which are accessible via QR codes.”

Praise for other title by Cindy Blobaum:

Explore Honey Bees! With 25 Great Projects
National Science Teachers Association
What did you have for breakfast this morning? As this book points out, you can probably thank a honey bee. Explore Honey Bees! with 25 Great Projects is a fun primer for those who want an overview of one of the hardest workers on our planet—the honey bee. . . The illustrations are inviting and informative, and each chapter builds upon the last to add to the reader’s quest for knowledge. . . It would truly bee exciting to have students learn more about honey bees from this book and appreciate the hard work they do.”

Explore Money! With 25 Great Projects
Marla Conn, educational consultant
Money is GREAT! I love the mad lib and the printing/etching activity in particular. This is truly a STEAM title.”

Explore Night Science! With 25 Great Projects
Parents & Teachers (US.Kids Magazine)
Explore Night Science! is filled with fun, step-by-step activities that explore what happens in plants, animals, the sky, and our own human bodies after the sun goes down. This book is a great introduction to the investigative process, teaching little scientists how to attract night insects, imitate night sounds, build a stardust trap, and more!”


Projects

project image

Predator and Prey Journal

Good scientists keep track of many things. They write down the things they wonder about and the questions they ask. They record the steps they take in the scientific method. Create a special notebook to help you keep track of what you do and learn about predators and prey.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

author image

Cindy Blobaum

Cindy Blobaum is the author of Explore Night Science! for Nomad Press, as well as Geology Rocks and Insectigations. She is a contributor to Highlights, Hopscotch for Girls, and Plays magazines and has designed science-based programs and teacher workshops for nature organizations throughout the United States. Cindy lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

Matt Aucoin

Matt Aucoin earned his bachelor’s of fine art from Johnson State College and his master’s of fine art from the Center for Cartoon Studies. He teaches drawing to preschool-age children. Matt lives in Southern Vermont with his wife and their dog Owen.