Make Your Own Freshwater

Make Your Own Freshwater

The water cycle takes salt water from the ocean and turns it into freshwater. When the salt water evaporates, it leaves the salt in the ocean. When the water vapor cools and turns into rain, it falls as freshwater! This is how rain fills lakes and rivers with freshwater. In this activity, you can explore how the water cycle turns salt water into fresh!
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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.



School Library Journal
“Fun yet informative line drawings elucidate an equally clear narrative, allowing readers to pool a reservoir of facts that can run close to home when website such as the EPA's are offered with the suggestion that students can ‘figure out the path of water that flows from your school.'”

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“An excellent addition for classroom and school libraries and as a resource for school and science fair projects.”

Paul J. McManus, LSP, PWS and President, EcoTec, Inc.
“Explore Rivers and Ponds! introduces limnology and wetland science to kids in a way that works—with busy hands and muddy boots. The text is interwoven with the terminology of the science, with handy definitions that will have meaning to young readers. Teachers will find the book's simple projects do-able, engaging, and educational.”


Detailed Book Description

From puddles to lakes, streams to rivers, and bogs to swamps, each body of water contains an amazing treasure chest of life! Explore Rivers and Ponds! with 25 Great Projects, introduces a child to the fascinating world of freshwater habitats and the creatures they contain. Combining hands-on activities with ecology and science, kids will have fun learning about the freshwater biome-including lakes and ponds, streams and rivers, and wetlands-and the latest in conservation and protection.

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


The World of Water

Chapter One
The Freshwater Biome

Chapter Two
Ponds and Lakes

Chapter Three
Streams and Rivers

Chapter Four

Chapter Five
Conservation and Protection