Explore Soil! With 25 Great Projects

Explore Soil! With 25 Great Projects

We all know you can’t eat a mud pie, but did you know that without the soil that makes up a mud pie, we wouldn’t have very much real food? We wouldn’t have several important medicines, either! Soil is a very important resource. We walk on it, play in it, build with it, grow our food in it, and get antibiotics from it. But what exactly is soil? What makes it so important? Can we survive without soil?

In Explore Soil! With 25 Great Projects, young readers learn what this substance is made of and how vital it is to our own lives. They look at how soil filters both the water we drink and the air we breathe, then follow the food supply chain from field to plate, exploring the relationships between environment, culture, food production, and health.

Activities such as exploring soil runoff, composting, and analyzing soil composition offer kids the chance to get their hands dirty and come face to face with the soil. Explore Soil! offers practical solutions to protect this important resource, and with it our source of food, access to antibiotics, and clean water and air.

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
  • Environmental Science

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, 9781619302952
  • Hardcover, 9781619302969

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We all know you can’t eat a mud pie, but did you know that without the soil that makes up a mud pie, we wouldn’t have very much real food? We wouldn’t have several important medicines, either! Soil is a very important resource. We walk on it, play in it, build with it, grow our food in it, and get antibiotics from it. But what exactly is soil? What makes it so important? Can we survive without soil?

In Explore Soil! With 25 Great Projects, young readers learn what this substance is made of and how vital it is to our own lives. They look at how soil filters both the water we drink and the air we breathe, then follow the food supply chain from field to plate, exploring the relationships between environment, culture, food production, and health.

Activities such as exploring soil runoff, composting, and analyzing soil composition offer kids the chance to get their hands dirty and come face to face with the soil. Explore Soil! offers practical solutions to protect this important resource, and with it our source of food, access to antibiotics, and clean water and air.


Reviews

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media
Recommended — Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
“Projects outlined for young (and young at heart) explorers with supplies listed and step-by-step directions with interesting ways to record the results. “Did you know” circles with interesting trivia. “Just for fun” questions and answers to share laughs. “Words to know” boxes explain the words in green found on that page. Essential question to contemplate such as “Is all soil the same?”  . . . Great addition for the science topics with Norse Myths!, Fossils!, and Forces and Motion! as the newest titles in the Explore Your World ! series.”

School Library Connection
“Through engaging text, sidebars, graphics, and projects, this book just might change the way readers think about soil . . . . The kid-friendly arrangement with a fair dose of humor and comic book illustrations means younger readers will be able to enjoy this book independently. Teachers of budding scientists will also enjoy this book for the depth of information covered.  Recommended”

Booklist
This entry in the Explore Your World series offers an animated, extensive introduction to soil, from detailing types to explaining how soil functions and impacts the environment to addressing conservation issues. The scientific concepts are generally well explained in accessible, often peppy text, while key terms are defined both with context clues and in sidebars. “Essential Questions” throughout the book invite further thinking and encourage readers to revisit previous information. . . this is a broad-ranging, inviting approach to the topic, which both students and educators may find useful.”

John Witz, Senior Corporate Geologist, Environmental Products & Services of Vermont
“This is a ‘must-read’ for pre-teens interested in understanding the planet we call home. Explore Soil! Is an easy-to-understand look at a complicated science. The projects kept my daughters intrigued and enthusiastic and the Keyword Prompts are an exciting touch.”

Claire O’Connor, Policy Analyst with the Soil Health Team at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
“This fun, informative book is a great introduction to one of our most precious, yet undervalued, resources—our soil! Kids and adults alike will benefit from its lessons about the world beneath our feet.”

Praise for other books by Kathleen Reilly:

Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects
Library Media Connections
“This introduction to basic chemistry investigates solids, liquids, and gases and how these forms of matter change and transform. With a frog-like creature with Albert Einstein’s face as the guide, each chapter provides background material leading the reader to a series of well-constructed hands-on activities . . . This is an attractive presentation, easy to navigate, that encourages young readers to learn through text and experimentation.”

Explore Life Cycles! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments
Children’s Literature
“ . . . Early science books don’t get too much better than this. This book will be welcomed by teachers as students study life cycles in their classroom as well as by parents who may have fun with the activities, including Insect Life Cycle Snack Mix, a Mealworm Nursery, and tree measuring, done from the ground. Illustrations provide humor, and fun facts are offered throughout the book.”

Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself
2008 Bronze Moonbeam Award
National Science Teachers Association
“This delightful and informative guide to the natural world is sure to captivate the attention of young readers . . .”


Look Inside

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Projects

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Paint with Soil

Soil from different locations can be different colors, depending on what it’s made of. Since ancient times, soil has been used for painting. You, too, can create works of art with soil!

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

Kathleen M. Reilly

Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.


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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, Environmental Science,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 96 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media
Recommended — Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
“Projects outlined for young (and young at heart) explorers with supplies listed and step-by-step directions with interesting ways to record the results. “Did you know” circles with interesting trivia. “Just for fun” questions and answers to share laughs. “Words to know” boxes explain the words in green found on that page. Essential question to contemplate such as “Is all soil the same?”  . . . Great addition for the science topics with Norse Myths!, Fossils!, and Forces and Motion! as the newest titles in the Explore Your World ! series.”

School Library Connection
“Through engaging text, sidebars, graphics, and projects, this book just might change the way readers think about soil . . . . The kid-friendly arrangement with a fair dose of humor and comic book illustrations means younger readers will be able to enjoy this book independently. Teachers of budding scientists will also enjoy this book for the depth of information covered.  Recommended”

Booklist
This entry in the Explore Your World series offers an animated, extensive introduction to soil, from detailing types to explaining how soil functions and impacts the environment to addressing conservation issues. The scientific concepts are generally well explained in accessible, often peppy text, while key terms are defined both with context clues and in sidebars. “Essential Questions” throughout the book invite further thinking and encourage readers to revisit previous information. . . this is a broad-ranging, inviting approach to the topic, which both students and educators may find useful.”

John Witz, Senior Corporate Geologist, Environmental Products & Services of Vermont
“This is a ‘must-read’ for pre-teens interested in understanding the planet we call home. Explore Soil! Is an easy-to-understand look at a complicated science. The projects kept my daughters intrigued and enthusiastic and the Keyword Prompts are an exciting touch.”

Claire O’Connor, Policy Analyst with the Soil Health Team at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
“This fun, informative book is a great introduction to one of our most precious, yet undervalued, resources—our soil! Kids and adults alike will benefit from its lessons about the world beneath our feet.”

Praise for other books by Kathleen Reilly:

Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects
Library Media Connections
“This introduction to basic chemistry investigates solids, liquids, and gases and how these forms of matter change and transform. With a frog-like creature with Albert Einstein’s face as the guide, each chapter provides background material leading the reader to a series of well-constructed hands-on activities . . . This is an attractive presentation, easy to navigate, that encourages young readers to learn through text and experimentation.”

Explore Life Cycles! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments
Children’s Literature
“ . . . Early science books don’t get too much better than this. This book will be welcomed by teachers as students study life cycles in their classroom as well as by parents who may have fun with the activities, including Insect Life Cycle Snack Mix, a Mealworm Nursery, and tree measuring, done from the ground. Illustrations provide humor, and fun facts are offered throughout the book.”

Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself
2008 Bronze Moonbeam Award
National Science Teachers Association
“This delightful and informative guide to the natural world is sure to captivate the attention of young readers . . .”


Projects

project image

Paint with Soil

Soil from different locations can be different colors, depending on what it’s made of. Since ancient times, soil has been used for painting. You, too, can create works of art with soil!


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Kathleen M. Reilly

Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.

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.