Backyard Biology: Discover the Life Cycles and Adaptations Outside Your Door with Hands-On Science Activities
Antifreeze, Leaf Costumes, and Other Fabulous Fish Adaptations
When might a fancy leaf costume be useful for a fish? And how do fish in Antarctica keep from freezing? In Antifreeze, Leaf Costumes, and Other Fabulous Fish Adaptations, children ages 5 to 9 discover some of the amazing adaptations in the world of fish!$9.95 - $19.95
Sunscreen, Frogsicles, and Other Amazing Amphibian Adaptations
How do sunscreen and mucus help amphibians survive? In Sunscreen, Frogsicles, and Other Amazing Amphibian Adaptations, kids ages 5 to 9 discover how one frog gets sunscreen to protect itself through the dry season and how another uses its own mucus to create a cocoon.$9.95 - $19.95
Stink Fights, Earwax, and Other Marvelous Mammal Adaptations
How do whales make their hearing better? What do lemurs do to make a point during an argument? In Stink Fights, Earwax, and Other Marvelous Mammal Adaptations, children ages 5 to 9 learn how lemurs settle arguments and how earwax helps a whale’s sense of hearing, along with a host of other deliciously strange-but-true tales!$9.95 - $19.95
Discover the Earth’s Ecosystems with Environmental Science Activities for Kids
Would you rather live in the desert or the grasslands? Middles schoolers can discover new worlds by reading Biomes: Discover the Earth’s Ecosystems with Science Activities for Kids, which discusses the world’s biomes in terms of climates, geologies, resources, and organisms! Essential questions, fun facts, and hands-on STEM experiments make this book a fully immersive$17.95 - $22.95
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