Build a Balance Board

Build a Balance Board

Earth's atmosphere is in a delicate balance. Humans are adding carbon dioxide at a rapid rate. The atmosphere needs to stay in balance just like your balance board, but it doesn't take much to create an imbalance.
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Investigate Weather

Investigate Weather

From Climate Change

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.

Make Your Own Shake Table

Make Your Own Shake Table

From Natural Disasters

Architects and engineers who design buildings in areas prone to earthquakes try to create structures that will be stable if an earthquake hits. a shake table is used to shake a model and see what happens. It makes the same motion as an earthquake. You can see what it’s like when you build your own shake table and then try to create structures that can withstand the force of moving earth beneath them.

What If?

What If?

From The Space Race

The Space race ended with a walk on the moon. What might have happened if the Soviet Union had won the race? What might have happened if the U.S. space program had continued? Do some brainstorming and come up with some ideas!

Can You Spot Mercury?

Can You Spot Mercury?

From Planetary Science

Although it's one of the brightest objects in the sky, seeing the closest planet to the sun isn't easy. As seen from Earth, it never strays far from the sun's blinding glare. Many famous astronomers are rumored to have never seen the elusive planet.



Children's Literature
"This is one of the best inclusive science books around. It is dense with information yet an enjoyable read. It will teach the reader about primary resources, an essential part of research and study. Included are short synopses of important scientists in history, including woman. The book is like a short course on the nature of science and includes twenty-five thought provoking projects . . . QRL codes are included and you can find the website addresses after the excellent glossary. Throughout the book are sidebars with Words2Know. Although standard measurements are used in the book there is a metric conversion chart at the end. This book meets STEM and NGSS standards. Graphs are used in a way that readers will learn from and hopefully model. Not only is this book needed in school libraries but would be a great addition for every third grade science teacher on up."

Recommended - 2016 Kansas State Reading Circle

". . . If you are teaching climate change, global warming, or the carbon cycle and man's impact on the Earth's equilibrium to students of this age range, I would recommend you check out this valuable resource. The content, the activities, and the resources embedded in QR codes are all excellent."

Greg Laden's Science Blog
"Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth covers many concepts in earth science, from paleontology to climate systems to how to make a battery out of apple (how can a kid's science activity not include the apple battery!)... One of the coolest things about the book is the material on what an individual can do to address energy and climate related problems, including (but not limited to) advice on activism, such as writing letters to government officials . . ."

School Library Journal
"This installment of the well-known series encourages students to examine the timely subject of climate change ... The book's energetic and enthusiastic approach is its strength. There are numerous sidebars, supplemental digital materials, and some solid hands-on projects, including how to make a telescope, a solar cooker, and an apple battery. The text and activities work together to remind students that the future is in their hands and they can be a part of the solution. A welcome addition." #1 Hot New Release in Children's Earth Science Books

"Comparing Earth to a spaceship that relies on fresh water and clean air, this title in the Build It Yourself series focuses on how the planet's systems have become unbalanced, creating a climate change . . . Readers can explore these concepts in more depth through 25 accompanying activities, many of which highlight the scientific method . . . This hands-on approach will get students thinking about their own impact on climate change."

Erica Daniels Champions Before and After School Programs
". . . Definitely one of the most interactive science texts geared towards middle-school students available.  It includes thoughtful, reflective questions, hands-on experiments, and web links to additional ideas and resources related to the topics for extension activities and learning . . . Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth with 25 Projects is a comprehensive, engaging, project-based book that would deepen the interest in and understanding of science for any young reader in today's modern, technology-driven culture."

Anne Leonardi, Site Director, Market Mentor, Quality Achievement Award Winner, 2014 Knowledge Universe
". . . Climate Change: Discover How it Impacts Spaceship Earth is a must have for teaching environmental awareness and responsibility for young passengers on "Spaceship Earth." Authors Joshua Sneideman and Erin Twamley have created a comprehensive, engaging and approachable text that will maintain interest as it introduces and integrates STEM activities. I am excited to bring this exceptional resource to my afterschool program where it will be integral in achieving our STEM objectives."

Mark Partridge, Ph.D., Associate in Research, Florida State University
"Student engagement and learning in activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is of critical importance as we must encourage our students to pursue these fields later in life. Climate Change provides just the right amount of hands on student engagement relating to issues that are of critical importance in STEM fields. Students and teachers will love this text!"

Mark McCaffrey, Program and Policy Director, National Center for Science Education
"This graphically rich and friendly overview of climate change science includes an emphasis on how scientists know what they know about climate in general and human impacts on the climate system in particular."

Michael Arquin, Director & Founder, KidWind Project
"This comprehensive book for young students will be a useful resource for KidWind as we help teachers define the role that renewable energy can play in helping combat climate change. I love how it weaves a narrative of how our planet arrived at this place in our climate history and how we understand what is happening."

The NEED Project (National Energy Education Development)
"An excellent resource for helping students understand climate science and the basics of climate change. It supports critical thinking and inquiry processes and encourages interaction with primary sources."

 J.Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director, Minnesota-based Fresh Energy
"With an engaging set of project-based STEM activities aligned with the scientific vocabulary, this book helps bring climate change to life. Students will learn how innovation and problem-solving can help shape the future."

Michael Leifer, President & Co-Founder,
"Bravo to the authors, who have taken the hard-to-articulate and difficult-to comprehend topic of climate change and translated it into a fun, experiential, and easy-to-digest exploration."

Melinda Higgins, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow 2013-2014.
"I love that students are encouraged to be part of the solution!"print and fun typefaces. Each chapter includes background information and definitions of the key scientific concepts involved; the book also includes fun ‘Did You Know?' and trivia questions. Also included is a helpful glossary and resource list."

Detailed Book Description

How do we know the climate is changing? For more than 200 years, scientists have been observing, measuring, and analyzing information about our planet's climate. In Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth, young readers examine real studies concerning planetary science, Arctic ice bubbles, migratory patterns, and more. Kids explore the history of human impact from the Industrial Revolution to our modern-day technology, as well as the science and engineering innovations underway around the world to address global climate change.

The idea of climate change can be scary, but every one of us has the ability to make a difference. Focused on a pro-active approach to environmental education, Climate Change engages readers through hands-on activities such as building a solar pizza oven, along with deconstructions of myths, hypotheses, and communications. Kids are directed to digital supplemental material that enhances the discussion of climate change and makes complex concepts easier to understand through visual representation. Climate Change offers a way to think of our Spaceship Earth as the singular resource it is.

Available In:
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Earth/Space Science



Spaceship Earth

Chapter 1
Goldilocks and the Three Planets

Chapter 2
Biting Into the Sun

Chapter 3
Burps, Farts, and Other Greenhouse Gases

Chapter 4
Time-Traveling Scientists

Chapter 5
Mother Earth Has a Fever

Chapter 6
Download Your Future