Backyard Biology: Discover the Life Cycles and Adaptations Outside Your Door with Hands-On Science Activities
25 Great Ways to Learn About Spring
From tracking spring peepers and raising tadpoles to learning about seeds and recording plant growth, Explore Spring! invites young readers to explore the wonders of spring by becoming scientists in the field. Combining hands-on learning with solid science, trivia, riddles, and terrific illustrations, projects investigate "the reason for the season" and include identifying trees and$12.95
Epidemics and Pandemics
Real Tales of Deadly Diseases
Feel a tickle in your throat? Do you still have that headache? Could you be falling victim to a deadly virus? From history's earliest days, bacteria and viruses have stalked humans. Stowing on wagons, ships, and airplanes, these diseases traversed the globe, infecting people in city streets and isolated hamlets. Epidemics and Pandemics: Real Tales of$9.95 - $19.95
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.$14.95 - $19.95
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.$14.95 - $19.95
Praise for a previous edition of this book
“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.”
School Library Journal
“This resource guide contains a wealth of information and challenging activities for budding scientists. A good choice for science collections.”
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Detailed Book Description
This updated edition incorporates new scientific discoveries and a sharper look at the impact human actions have on the natural world!
Biology is the study of life, and life is all around you! You can find life thriving in the city and in the country, teeming in ecosystems around the planet—in deserts, oceans, and even the Arctic. Backyard Biology: Discover the Life Cycles and Adaptations Outside Your Door with Hands-On Science Activities introduces readers ages 9 to 12 to the amazing world of life science right outside their doors, no matter where they live.
Throughout Backyard Biology, hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, and links to online primary resources help readers learn the basics of life science, including cell structures, adaptations, life cycles, and microbes.
Try these hands-on biology projects!
- Grow microbes in a Winogradsky column
- Organize a clean up
- Make animal tracker plaster caster
- Study growth in a geotropism
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Backyards Around the World
The Study of Life
Microbiology Reveals an Invisible World
Plants Make Life Possible
Plant Life Cycles
Adaptations Are a Matter of Life and Death
Animal Life Cycles
Be the Difference