Microscopes

Microscopes

Microscopes have come a long way since the Dutch first created compound and simple microscopes. A microscope is simply an optical device that magnifies objects. Many standard microscopes have built-in light sources to improve the view. We call them light microscopes. These compound microscopes have a lens in the eyepiece and more lenses closer to the specimen.
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River Watching

River Watching

From Rivers and Streams!

Observing things closely is an important part of being a scientist. In this activity, you’ll watch a river to see what you can notice about it.

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Be a Wetland Detective

Be a Wetland Detective

From Marshes and Swamps!

Is there some kind of wetland near your home? Do you live near a river or lake? Or next to the ocean? Ask an adult to help you identify a local wetland to explore.

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Ocean Journal

Ocean Journal

From Oceans and Seas!

Captain James Cook (1728–1779) was a famous British explorer. On his journey to the Arctic Ocean, he kept a journal and recorded his observations about Arctic ice. Today, scientists use Captain Cook’s notes to understand how sea ice in the Arctic is changing. You, too, can record your observations in a science journal. Who will read about your discoveries in the future?

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Lake-Top Living

Lake-Top Living

From Lakes and Ponds!

What happens when a lake grows and shrinks according to the season? How do people live and work on a lake that’s always moving its shores? Residents on Tonlé Sap in Cambodia solved this problem by building a floating village. Imagine you are building a brand new floating village. What do you think would be good building materials? Use the scientific method to think about different ways to make a cardboard structure float.

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Reviews

Praise for other titles in the series:

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation
Booklist 
" ... Like other titles in the ‘Inquire and Investigate' series, this book focuses on a high-interest topic in a cutting-edge field to reinforce young people's understanding of the scientific method ... an appealing and age-appropriate STEM resource."

Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA
School Library Journal
"A solid STEM resource recommended for general interest as well as supplemental curricular use."

Comparative Religion: Investigate the World Through Religious Tradition
Booklist
"The abstractions of religion make it a tricky topic for objective and clear middle-level resources, but this dynamic book manages to be both informative and accessible..."

Physics: Investigate the Mechanics of Nature
National Science Teachers Association Recommends
"... The investigations will make ‘physics come alive' for students with the real life applications. The projects would be perfect for science fairs, classroom projects, and for parents to complete at home with children. There is a complete glossary and resource guide including websites, books, and periodicals. The content supports the NGSS Standards...This book is a well-written resource for classroom teachers, students, and parents."

Civic Unrest: Investigate the Struggle for Social Change
Booklist
"... a complete and thorough resource dealing with basic civic principles for the middle-level social- studies classroom."

Detailed Book Description

Every living thing, from the common cold to every plant, animal, and person on Earth, is made up of cells. In Cells: Experience Life at Its Tiniest, readers ages 12 to 15 investigate these basic building blocks of life and learn how they affect our health, reproduction, criminal investigations, and agriculture!

  • Readers learn the science behind how cell science is being used for food production, cures for disease, and the criminal justice system.
  • Uses an inquiry-based approach to encourage readers to reach their own conclusions and use creative thinking about the future of cell science.
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
9781619305212
Paperback, $17.95
9781619305250
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Life Science

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Introduction
Cells Are Life

Chapter 1
How Do Cells Work?

Chapter 2
Discovering Single-Cell Life

Chapter 3
Growing Plants

Chapter 4
Explore Animal Cells

Chapter 5
The Human Side of Cell Science

Chapter 6
Cells Impact Medicine and Agriculture

Chapter 7
The Future of Cell Science

Glossary
Metric Conversions
Resources
Index