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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Make Flour Tortillas

Make Flour Tortillas

From The Science of Seeds

Wheat is a staple food for people worldwide. Many use wheat to make bread, cakes, pastries, bagels, muffins, tortillas, and more. In this activity, you will use wheat flour to make tortillas that you can eat!

Write a Fabulous Fish Book

Write a Fabulous Fish Book

From Antifreeze, Leaf Costumes, and Other Fabulous Fish Adaptations

Fish have many different fabulous adaptations that help them survive in environments all around the Earth. Write about them!

Build Your Own Bird

Build Your Own Bird

From Spit Nests, Puke Power, and Other Brilliant Bird Adaptations

Birds have beaks, wings, feathers, and interesting feet. Each of these features helps a bird to survive in its habitat.

Amphibians Near You

Amphibians Near You

From Sunscreen, Frogsicles, and Other Amazing Amphibian Adaptations

Amphibians are found all around the world, except Antarctica. That means there are amphibians living near you! And every amphibian has many adaptations that help it survive. They must be able to find food, take shelter, and stay safe.



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.”


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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