Paint with Soil

Paint with Soil

Soil from different locations can be different colors, depending on what it's made of. Since ancient times, soil has been used for painting. You, too, can create works of art with soil!
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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.



Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Media
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
"Projects outlined for young (and young at heart) explorers with supplies listed and step-by-step directions with interesting ways to record the results. "Did you know" circles with interesting trivia. "Just for fun" questions and answers to share laughs. "Words to know" boxes explain the words in green found on that page. Essential question to contemplate such as "Is all soil the same?" . . . Great addition for the science topics with Norse Myths!, Fossils!, and Forces and Motion! as the newest titles in the Explore Your World ! series."

School Library Connection
"Through engaging text, sidebars, graphics, and projects, this book just might change the way readers think about soil . . . The kid-friendly arrangement with a fair dose of humor and comic book illustrations means younger readers will be able to enjoy this book independently. Teachers of budding scientists will also enjoy this book for the depth of information covered.  Recommended."

This entry in the Explore Your World series offers an animated, extensive introduction to soil, from detailing types to explaining how soil functions and impacts the environment to addressing conservation issues. The scientific concepts are generally well explained in accessible, often peppy text, while key terms are defined both with context clues and in sidebars. "Essential Questions" throughout the book invite further thinking and encourage readers to revisit previous information . . . this is a broad-ranging, inviting approach to the topic, which both students and educators may find useful."

John Witz, Senior Corporate Geologist, Environmental Products & Services of Vermont
"This is a ‘must-read' for pre-teens interested in understanding the planet we call home. Explore Soil! Is an easy-to-understand look at a complicated science. The projects kept my daughters intrigued and enthusiastic and the Keyword Prompts are an exciting touch."

Claire O'Connor, Policy Analyst with the Soil Health Team at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
"This fun, informative book is a great introduction to one of our most precious, yet undervalued, resources—our soil! Kids and adults alike will benefit from its lessons about the world beneath our feet."


Detailed Book Description

We all know you can't eat a mud pie, but did you know that without the soil that makes up a mud pie, we wouldn't have very much real food? We wouldn't have several important medicines, either! Soil is a very important resource. We walk on it, play in it, build with it, grow our food in it, and get antibiotics from it. But what exactly is soil? What makes it so important? Can we survive without soil?

In Explore Soil! With 25 Great Projects, young readers learn what this substance is made of and how vital it is to our own lives. They look at how soil filters both the water we drink and the air we breathe, then follow the food supply chain from field to plate, exploring the relationships between environment, culture, food production, and health.

Activities such as exploring soil runoff, composting, and analyzing soil composition offer kids the chance to get their hands dirty and come face to face with the soil. Explore Soil! offers practical solutions to protect this important resource, and with it our source of food, access to antibiotics, and clean water and air.

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 Is Soil?

Chapter 1
Home Sweet Soil

Chapter 2
How Soil Works

Chapter 3
Soil and People

Chapter 4
Soil and Disease

Chapter 5
Soil and Farm Animals

Chapter 6
Soil and Plants

Chapter 7
Dangers to Soil

Chapter 8
What Can We Do?

Metric Conversions