Night Watch

Night Watch

When does your night start? It can change every season. One way to keep track is to make your own night watch.
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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.

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.

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?

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.



National Science Teachers Association
“Science content is explained in kid-friendly language that sets the stage for the hands-on activities used to investigate the concepts outdoors.”

Children's Literature Review
“Early elementary school kids should use this book as they start playing with science on their own.”

School Library Journal
“Six chapters cover the ‘when' and ‘why' of night; seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling the night; and, finally, night lights. The chapters on the senses are a fine introduction to how human senses work, with experiments that further explore the concepts. It isn't all serious science as there are plenty of silly jokes, such as, ‘what did the atmosphere say to the Earth? I've got you covered!' and a funny little cartoon owl mascot follows readers through the book ... Information on what happens at night, nocturnal animal adaptations, and fun facts such as the reason that pirates wear eye patches will keep kids interested. This one will be worth staying up past bedtime for.”

Parents & Teachers (US.Kids Magazine)
"Explore Night Science! is filled with fun, step-by-step activities that explore what happens in plants, animals, the sky, and our own human bodies after the sun goes down. This book is a great introduction to the investigative process, teaching little scientists how to attract night insects, imitate night sounds, build a stardust trap, and more!"

Booklist Online
“Activities are well-suited to elementary-age scientists and encourage kids to follow through on observing and recording post-experiment. Relevant, informative text precedes the activities, thereby enriching each one. Nighttime is inherently cool to kids, and this book will undoubtedly make it even cooler.”

“Designed for children six and older who wish to learn more about what happens outdoors when the sun goes down, this book encourages the safe exploration of the nighttime changes in the plant and animal kingdoms as well as in the sky above and the human body ... Both teachers and parents will find this a valuable book for creating special projects for their students or children.”

Rebecca E. Clark,State Park Naturalist
“A great book for teaching families about the nighttime world! Fun, educational activities reinforce the information in each section. I highly recommend this book to parents and educators of elementary age children.”


Detailed Book Description

Explore Night Science! encourages 7-10 year olds to safely explore and understand what happens around the world when it is dark outside. Readers are led step by step into integrated, active explorations that uncover the science and technology of the natural and physical world that surrounds them. Kids learn about the rod and cone cells found in their eyes as they test their color vision at night, create a chorus mimicking the sounds of nocturnal animals, and make a personal stardome. Sidebars highlight a real kid who discovered a supernova, how Stonehenge is an ancient almanac, and what elephants and moths have in common.

Kids will be amazed at the adaptations used by plants and animals to survive and thrive in the dark of night. Whether they live in the country or in the city, kids will learn to use all of their senses to investigate the night.

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



Chapter One
When and Why Is It Night?

Chapter Two
Seeing the Night

Chapter Three
Hearing the Night

Chapter Four
Smelling the Night

Chapter Five
Feeling the Night

Chapter Six
Night Lights