Microbes: Discover an Unseen World with 25 Projects

Microbes: Discover an Unseen World with 25 Projects

If our vision were to improve 1 million times, we would be able to see microbes in the air, on our skin, in the dirt, in water, and on food! In Microbes: Discover an Unseen World, readers journey through several different microbial worlds to encounter bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists, and archaea populations. In this book, kids are granted access to an encompassing view of microbial worlds that collide with our own on a daily basis.

Hands-on experiments, such as building a mini incubator, making bacterial growth plates, and growing fungi, allow children to explore their microbiological surroundings safely while employing the scientific method to discover details about this weird and fascinating topic.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

Subjects

  • Biology
  • Life Science

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If our vision were to improve 1 million times, we would be able to see microbes in the air, on our skin, in the dirt, in water, and on food! In Microbes: Discover an Unseen World, readers journey through several different microbial worlds to encounter bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists, and archaea populations. In this book, kids are granted access to an encompassing view of microbial worlds that collide with our own on a daily basis.

Hands-on experiments, such as building a mini incubator, making bacterial growth plates, and growing fungi, allow children to explore their microbiological surroundings safely while employing the scientific method to discover details about this weird and fascinating topic.


Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media
Highly Recommended — Superior book everyone should buy.
“This is the ideal book for students who want to know more about microbes than they are learning in the classroom. Part textbook, part experiment project book, colorful, fun, and animated Microbes is easy to follow and goes in depth into various parts of the science: the scientists behind discoveries of microbes, illnesses and disease, and cures and antibodies. Each chapter has an essential question that is written both at the beginning and the end. Students are encouraged to reflect on what they have learned by keeping scientific journals (the scientific method is spelled out as well). At the end of each chapter are three different experiments that children can perform on their own (if there is any potential danger, the author notes that parental help is advised). Several QR codes are available so the reader can take a closer look at a microbe, pathogen, etc. Table of contents, index, resources used to write this book, recommended web sites and books, metric equivalent chart, and QR code index (in case the scanner does not work) all serve to round out the amazing science book!”

Booklist
“Making microbes an engaging topic for young readers is no easy task, but by marshaling comic-book-style illustrations and plenty of relatable examples, this book will be an appealing choice for the science classroom and the library shelf. . . As a series of fun experiments in a dynamic layout that also remains faithful to the basic tenets of scientific inquiry, this is sure to engage young biologists.”

Praise for Other Biology Titles in the Build It Yourself Series:

Backyard Biology: Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door with 25 Projects
Publishers Weekly
“This addition to the Build It Yourself series incorporates 25 projects for kids to try as they explore the “ecosystems that are outside your door . . . Latham’s accessible, encouraging tone, along with such experiments as creating habitats for woodlice (aka roly-polies) and building bird nests using natural materials, should pique kids’ interest and get them outdoors.”

The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works
Christopher T. Minson, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Department Head, Department Human Physiology, University of Oregon
“I love this book! As an educator, scientist, and parent, I found this book to be an excellent educational tool. The text is entertaining, the illustrations are fun and informative, and the experiments really bring the concepts to life! Students young and old will be engaged, entertained, and will have new-found excitement for the human body!”

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Track a Viral Infection Map

Infection from a virus is called a viral infection. It can be transmitted from person to person. Do you know how many people can be infected from one person? Let’s find out!

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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www.christineburillokirch.com

Christine Burillo-Kirch

Christine Burillo-Kirch earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has conducted scientific research in the fields of bacteriology and immunology for 12 years. Christine lives with her husband, daughter and puppy in Cary, North Carolina.

You can follow Christine on facebook at www.facebook.com/MicrobesDiscoveranUnseenWorld and www.facebook.com/bioengineeringnatureinspireshumandesigns


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Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.



More Details

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

Reviews

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media
Highly Recommended — Superior book everyone should buy.
“This is the ideal book for students who want to know more about microbes than they are learning in the classroom. Part textbook, part experiment project book, colorful, fun, and animated Microbes is easy to follow and goes in depth into various parts of the science: the scientists behind discoveries of microbes, illnesses and disease, and cures and antibodies. Each chapter has an essential question that is written both at the beginning and the end. Students are encouraged to reflect on what they have learned by keeping scientific journals (the scientific method is spelled out as well). At the end of each chapter are three different experiments that children can perform on their own (if there is any potential danger, the author notes that parental help is advised). Several QR codes are available so the reader can take a closer look at a microbe, pathogen, etc. Table of contents, index, resources used to write this book, recommended web sites and books, metric equivalent chart, and QR code index (in case the scanner does not work) all serve to round out the amazing science book!”

Booklist
“Making microbes an engaging topic for young readers is no easy task, but by marshaling comic-book-style illustrations and plenty of relatable examples, this book will be an appealing choice for the science classroom and the library shelf. . . As a series of fun experiments in a dynamic layout that also remains faithful to the basic tenets of scientific inquiry, this is sure to engage young biologists.”

Praise for Other Biology Titles in the Build It Yourself Series:

Backyard Biology: Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door with 25 Projects
Publishers Weekly
“This addition to the Build It Yourself series incorporates 25 projects for kids to try as they explore the “ecosystems that are outside your door . . . Latham’s accessible, encouraging tone, along with such experiments as creating habitats for woodlice (aka roly-polies) and building bird nests using natural materials, should pique kids’ interest and get them outdoors.”

The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works
Christopher T. Minson, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Department Head, Department Human Physiology, University of Oregon
“I love this book! As an educator, scientist, and parent, I found this book to be an excellent educational tool. The text is entertaining, the illustrations are fun and informative, and the experiments really bring the concepts to life! Students young and old will be engaged, entertained, and will have new-found excitement for the human body!”


Projects

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Track a Viral Infection Map

Infection from a virus is called a viral infection. It can be transmitted from person to person. Do you know how many people can be infected from one person? Let’s find out!


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

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For More Information
www.christineburillokirch.com

Christine Burillo-Kirch

Christine Burillo-Kirch earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has conducted scientific research in the fields of bacteriology and immunology for 12 years. Christine lives with her husband, daughter and puppy in Cary, North Carolina.

You can follow Christine on facebook at www.facebook.com/MicrobesDiscoveranUnseenWorld and www.facebook.com/bioengineeringnatureinspireshumandesigns

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Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.