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Evolution: How Life Adapts to a Changing Environment

By Carla Mooney  
Illustrated by Alexis Cornell

Why do humans walk on two legs? Why do fish have gills? Life on Earth is incredibly diverse and part of the reason for this is evolution, or Read More

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Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Life Science


Dig Magazine
Evolution: How Life Adapts to a Changing Environment complements interesting and easy-to-understand explanatory text on many aspects of this topic, with sidebars, fact-filled boxes, wordhelps, thought questions, and more. Among the engaging and thought-provoking projects is “Find Sidewalk Fossils””.

Anastasia Suen, Booktalks
“Throughout the book, investigations and experiments provide hands-on, problem-solving opportunities for students, incorporating various challenges and tools. Readers simulate the process of natural selection, trace the blue whale’s evolutionary tree, and examine how fossils provide evidence of evolution and adaptation. Using readily available household and recycled materials, each activity takes the reader through and inquiry-based, open-ended investigation that leaves plenty of room to explore individual creativity.”

“Nomad Press has enjoyed shelf space in my library for a while. They have great science project books and consistently win awards because they blend hands-on projects with text readability. Evolution is a great update to Nomad’s collection and my science projects shelf. . .  Great for library shelves.” Click here to read more.

Mother Daughter Book Club
“Throughout the long history of the Earth, plants and animals have evolved as conditions around them have changed. Evolution: How Life Adapts to a Changing Environment by Carla Mooney takes on the task of explaining what evolution is and how it happens. Chapters talk about topics like how evolution works, identifying species, evidence for evolution and why it matters, as well as other topics. Each chapter contains pullouts with words to know and sidebars highlighting other interesting information. 25 projects are designed to give hands-on learning experiences about many of the concepts.” Click here to read more.

Always in the Middle
“This science title will have STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fans cheering. Filled with interesting facts, essential questions, and interactive projects, EVOLUTION is a must have for classrooms and home.” Click here to read more. 

Dr. Rebecca Safran, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
“This is a great introduction to the most unifying theme in all of biology: evolution. Here, students will gain both historic and modern views on the evolutionary process as well as examples and activities to help consolidate what they are learning.”


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Why do humans walk on two legs? Why do fish have gills? Life on Earth is incredibly diverse and part of the reason for this is evolution, or the theory that living things change with time. Evolution: How Life Adapts to a Changing Environment explores the theory of evolution, its history, how we think it works, examples of creatures who have evolved in response to specific circumstances, and what this might mean for the future of our planet.

  • This nonfiction title for students ages 9 to 12 offers an introduction to evolution and the concept that every living species evolves to adapt to the changing environment.
  • This book invites readers to think in terms of geological time, which is useful when considering the earth as an ecosystem that has survived for millennia.



What Is Evolution?

Chapter 1
How Does Evolution Work?

Chapter 2
Species and Speciation

Chapter 3
Classification and the Tree of Life

Chapter 4
Evidence for Evolution

Chapter 5
Human Evolution

Chapter 6
Why Does Evolution Matter?

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