Underwater Viewer

Underwater Viewer

A lot of life cycles happen under water, where you can't see them. With this underwater viewer you'll be able to get a peek at the action. Have an adult with you when you use this viewer near any body of water.
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River Watching

River Watching

From Rivers and Streams!

Observing things closely is an important part of being a scientist. In this activity, you’ll watch a river to see what you can notice about it.

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Be a Wetland Detective

Be a Wetland Detective

From Marshes and Swamps!

Is there some kind of wetland near your home? Do you live near a river or lake? Or next to the ocean? Ask an adult to help you identify a local wetland to explore.

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Ocean Journal

Ocean Journal

From Oceans and Seas!

Captain James Cook (1728–1779) was a famous British explorer. On his journey to the Arctic Ocean, he kept a journal and recorded his observations about Arctic ice. Today, scientists use Captain Cook’s notes to understand how sea ice in the Arctic is changing. You, too, can record your observations in a science journal. Who will read about your discoveries in the future?

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Lake-Top Living

Lake-Top Living

From Lakes and Ponds!

What happens when a lake grows and shrinks according to the season? How do people live and work on a lake that’s always moving its shores? Residents on Tonlé Sap in Cambodia solved this problem by building a floating village. Imagine you are building a brand new floating village. What do you think would be good building materials? Use the scientific method to think about different ways to make a cardboard structure float.

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Reviews

Library Media Connection
“This book is a great tool for elementary and middle school teachers. Each chapter discusses a life cycle, has Words to Know, and a sidebar called Did You Know? The chapters simply discuss ideas with vocabulary words set out in bold print. The chapters have fun recipes for snacks and suggestions for projects. The b&w illustrations are simple but support and enhance the text. This book was enjoyable to read, and I wanted to go find some children and try some of the experiments with them. Science teachers and anyone interested in science will find it a fun book to work with.”

Science Books and Films
“As its title suggests, this book explores life cycles in organisms ranging from fungi to humans. Its six chapters treat multiple topics, including the continuity of life across generations, scientific classification, birth in invertebrates, germination in plants, growth, metamorphosis, decay, and environmental disruption. Children ages 6-10, especially those with a science bent, will respond to this title's kid-friendly layout. The book has the look and feel of a coloring book; it is meant to be marked up and personalized. Its many quirky factoids will appeal to young science buffs, and the rapidly paced shift from background information to hands-on activities combats the boredom factor. This book is good for parents when kids complain, ‘I don't have anything to do.'”

Children's Literature
“There's no distance between Ms Reilly's text and the kids she is addressing. She pulls them in with questions at the beginning of each chapter, questions that they can relate to: ‘Can you remember when you were younger? You were smaller, sure. And you probably couldn't do many things that you can do now. Maybe you couldn't ride a two-wheeler yet, or write a thank-you note card, or climb the monkey bars at the playground.' She holds their attention by comparing the familiar to less familiar lives of plants and animals that the readers may not know about yet. Finally, she offers engaging activities that solidify the ideas presented. In addition to an overview of life cycles, her topics include: the systems of classification; how babies (including seedlings) enter the world; how all of these organisms grow to maturity; and threats to life cycles. Early science books don't get too much better than this. This book will be welcomed by teachers as students study life cycles in their classroom as well as by parents who may have fun with the activities, including Insect Life Cycle Snack Mix, a Mealworm Nursery, and tree measuring, done from the ground. Illustrations provide humor, and fun facts are offered throughout the book.”

Learning Magazine Resources for Successful Teaching 
“An eye-catching combination of cartoons, facts, and projects helps children learn about the changes plants and animals experience throughout their lives. Activities in the book—such as growing topsy-turvy plants and making a mealworm nursery—bring the mysteries of life right into your classroom!”

Detailed Book Description

Explore Life Cycles! takes kids on an amazing journey, where they'll learn about the changes plants and animals experience throughout their lives. Kids ages 7-10 will discover what happens inside those magical cocoons to transform a caterpillar into a butterfly. They'll explore how frogs breathe underwater as tadpoles, then use lungs as an adult. Explore Life Cycles! will examine how plants and animals are born, develop, and live their lives. Activities range from creating edible life cycles of insects to making a mealworm nursery. Using an eye-catching combination of cartoons, fun facts, and exciting projects, Explore Life Cycles! will bring the mysteries of life right into kids' hands.

Available In:
Paperback, $12.95
9781934670804
Includes: Table of Contents | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 96 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Life Science
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Chapter One
An Endless Cycle

Chapter Two
Does It Have a Face?

Chapter Three
Here Comes Baby!

Chapter Four
Grow Baby, Grow!

Chapter Five
The Cycle Continues

Chapter Six
Threats to Life Cycles