Backyard Biology: Discover the Life Cycles and Adaptations Outside Your Door with Hands-On Science Activities
Explore Honey Bees!
With 25 Great Projects
What did you have for breakfast this morning? Toast, cereal, juice, and fruit? You can thank the honey bees! About one out of every three mouthfuls we eat is affected by honey bee pollination. In Explore Honey Bees! With 25 Great Projects, young readers learn about honey bee colonies, why honey bees live in hives,$14.95 - $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
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
What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds?
Have you seen a dodo bird recently? Do you have mastodons playing in your back yard? Not likely-these species are extinct. In Earth's 4.5-billion-year history, more than 5 billion species have gone extinct, some of them at the same time. In Extinction: What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds? readers ages 9 to$8.45 - $11.45
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