Investigate Weather

Investigate Weather

How is weather different from climate? Weather can be described as day-to-day conditions. From a bright, sunny day to a snowy day, weather can change quickly. Climate, on the other hand, is made up of long-term weather patterns across many years. Let’s explore some of the characteristics of weather.
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Edible Climate Zone Map

Edible Climate Zone Map

From Weather and Climate!

The world has many different types of climates. The United States has several different climate zones as well. With this edible map, you can tell your family about summer climates—after you chew!

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Archimedes Screw

Archimedes Screw

From The Water Cycle!

Greek scientist Archimedes (288–212 BCE) invented a device to move water from a river to a farmer’s field. This device—called the Archimedes’ screw—is a tube with a large spiral inside. When you place the tube in water and turn it, the spiral pushes the water up. Try it!

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Lava Gas!

Lava Gas!

From Rocks and Minerals!

Lava has gas trapped in it. How does it compare to the gas in soda that some people drink?

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Build A Dam

Build A Dam

From Natural Disasters!

Can you design and build a dam that keeps water from flooding the area on one side of the dam?

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Reviews

School Library Journal Online 
Climate change (or global warming) is proving to be a long-range problem impacting everything from tiny diatoms to humans. Sneideman and Twamley approach the complex subject with a conversational, nonsensational text full of informational boxes, colorful diagrams, photos, and maps, attempting to present cause and effect for middle school students. Having broken down broad topics (“Spaceship Earth,” “Ancient Climate”) into smaller, tidier explanations (“Icy Times,” “Coral Reefs”) the authors go on to discuss the details of processes such as ocean acidification and glacial meltdown. Each chapter closes with several experiments or activities to reinforce the message (and make excellent fodder for projects and science fairs). . . All of this is formatted to attract the eye and accommodate short attention spans. While the book is not overly in-depth, it is sure to be useful for classroom teachers and homeschooling parents alike. Its cover image of Earth as a melting ice cream cone is an eye-catcher. VERDICT A useful, appealing text that explains an important topic. Read more online.

Detailed Book Description

Updated edition includes the latest scientific research and problem-solving strategies in climate science!

In Climate Change: The Science Behind Melting Glaciers and Warming Oceans with Hands-On Science Activities, readers ages 9 to 12 take a deep dive into the science behind the changing climate in order to best contribute to the methods underway to solve the problem of a rapidly changing planet—and think up new solutions! This book is rich in hands-on science and critical-creative thinking exercises designed to explore the research being done to combat this global problem and encourage kids to find new solutions!

Throughout Climate Change, hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, and links to online primary resources help readers learn the basics of our globale environment and how it’s changing.

Try these hands-on climate science projects!

  • Make an apple battery
  • Build an anemometer
  • Study ocean acidification
  • Test some core samples
Available In:
Paperback, $17.95
9781619308992
Hardcover, $22.95
9781619308961
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8x10 size | 4-color | 128 pages
Subject: Science

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Introduction
Welcome to Spaceship Earth

Chapter 1
Goldilocks and the Three Planets

Chapter 2
Source of Life: the Sun

Chapter 3
The Invisible Power of Greenhouse Gases

Chapter 4
Examine an Ancient Climate

Chapter 5
Earth Has a Fever

Chapter 6
Decide the Future of Planet Earth

Glossary
Metric Conversions
Resources
Essential Questions
Index