Biodiversity
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Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth with Science Activities for Kids

By Laura Perdew  
Illustrated by Tom Casteel

From the tallest tree to the smallest microbe, Earth is home to more than 1.5 million known species of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and microorganisms. And scientists estimate Read More

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Hardcover, $22.95
9781619307483
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9781619307513
eBook, $12.99
9781619307490
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science

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Praise for other books by Laura Perdew

Extinction

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“This book uses the concept of extinction to teach a little chemistry, a little climatology, paleontology, biology (biodiversity), ecology, and a lot of geology. The science information is historical and current, drawing on three–dimensional learning, incorporating science practices to determine what factors affect extinction in general and specifically. The integration of concepts help bring the science alive and relevant.”

Detailed Book Description

From the tallest tree to the smallest microbe, Earth is home to more than 1.5 million known species of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and microorganisms. And scientists estimate there could be millions, if not billions, more that have not yet been identified!

Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth with Science Activities for Kids introduces middle schoolers to the evolution of life on Earth, beginning with the first single-celled organisms that emerged 3.8 billion years ago to the complex, multi-celled organisms that exist today and make up the tree of life. Biodiversity is found everywhere on the planet—on land, in the water, and even in extreme environments such as ice and volcanoes. There are actually entire microbiomes beneath our feet, in puddles, and even in our belly buttons!

Biodiversity includes hands-on STEM activities and critical thinking exercises to encourage readers to consider the threat to biodiversity and figure out ways to be part of the solution. Fun facts, links to online primary sources and other supplemental material, and essential questions take readers on an exploration of the incredible biodiversity on Earth.

Biodiversity is part of a set of four Build It Environmental Science books that explore the history and science of the planet and all that live on it through hands-on STEM activities and real-life environmental connections. Other titles in this series are Planet Earth, Garbage, and Biomes.

Try these hands-on biology projects!

  • Explore sustainable seafood
  • Create a tabletop biosphere
  • Design a water filter

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Introduction
What Is Biodiversity?

Chapter 1
A Short History of Life on Earth

Chapter 2
Why Biodiversity Matters

Chapter 3
Biodiversity and Humans

Chapter 4
Biodiversity Everywhere

Chapter 5
Threats to Biodiversity

Chapter 6
Protecting Biodiversity

Glossary
Metric Conversions Resources
Essential Questions
Index