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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
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome to Spaceship Earth
Goldilocks and the Three Planets
Source of Life: the Sun
The Invisible Power of Greenhouse Gases
Examine an Ancient Climate
Earth Has a Fever
Decide the Future of Planet Earth