Take a Walk Through Time

Take a Walk Through Time

Life began on the earth a very long time ago. Compared with when life first appeared, humans have been around for a very, very short period of time. This activity will help you think about geologic time compared to human time.
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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.



Publishers Weekly
“The Browns intersperse indoor and outdoor activities with information about fossils, dinosaur, and paleontology in this entry in the Explore Your World! series. Relevant vocabulary terms appear and are defined throughout, and Stone's cartoons feature a recurring pair of unnamed animal paleontologists (one is a pterosaur), as well as help illustrate the various experiments. Clear, straightforward writing helps introduce sometimes complex topics like radiometric dating, as well as how human understanding of dinosaurs has changed through research and discovery.” Read the full review here.

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“This latest title in the dependable Explore Your World! series takes on not just fossils but also the related topics of dinosaurs, geology, and ecosystems, as well as the role of scientists in discovering the past. Each chapter presents its information engagingly with plenty of well-inserted vocabulary support, age-appropriate riddles, and a cartoon explorer dinosaur wearing cargo shorts. Chapters conclude with several projects that engage creativity, exercise reason and math knowledge, and help practice observation skills. The topic holds inherent interest to many in the target audience, and they should come away with a sound foundation in scientific fact, usable tips on how to derive evidence, and starting points from which to explore further. Browsers, of course, will have a fine time, but this book is even better suited for STEM programs, including those at camps and in museums.”

Markes Johnson, paleontologist, Professor Emeritus, Williams College
“This book by Cynthia Brown and her daughter go a long way toward providing reading material at the right level for a highly inquisitive youth. Clear definitions of vocabulary words are well placed and progressive in building a sound background. The book does not shy away from concepts that are challenging but critical to the meaning of fossils.”

Charles Marshall, Director, University of California
“This is a fun book with great, thought-provoking projects. It offers a surprisingly sophisticated introduction to paleontology for the young and young at heart.”

Spencer G. Lucas, PhD, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Museum of Paleontology
Explore Fossils! provides young readers with a remarkable introduction to paleontology. It covers many topics not seen in similar books. The concise and up-to-date text, the clear and instructive illustrations, and the end-of-chapter projects make Explore Fossils! the best introduction to paleontology that I have ever seen.”

Detailed Book Description

In Explore Fossils! With 25 Great Projects, readers ages 7 to 10 discover what life was like on Earth millions of years ago when dinosaurs walked the land! Through investigations of plant and animal fossils, readers gain a deeper understanding of the complex relationships between different species and the land.

  • Examines reasons for the explosion of life as well as mass extinctions.
  • Readers learn why fossils are important and what they can teach us about the earth's geological history.
  • Places dinosaurs in the context of the history of the earth.
Available In:
Hardcover, $19.95
Paperback, $14.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 96 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Earth/Space Science


What Are Fossils?

Chapter 1
From the Rocks

Chapter 2
Clues to the Past

Chapter 3
Plants and Microbe Fossils

Chapter 4
Animals, Including Humans!

Chapter 5
Plant-Eating Dinosaurs

Chapter 6
Meat-Eating Dinosaurs

Chapter 7
Boom and Bust

Chapter 8
How Paleontologists Work

Metric Conversions
Essential Questions