Carnation Creation

Carnation Creation

Here is a really fun way to watch capillary action in action.
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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.



A Parents' Choice 2007 Recommended Award Winner

A Moonbeam 2007 Silver Award Winner

School Library Journal
“The information is sound, with engaging activities to test and illuminate spring events. With a heavy emphasis on keeping a journal to record observations, many of the activities can be developed into science projects. Explore Spring! is a fun and worthwhile book.”

Calgary Child
“Kids learn about how plants grow, habitats, animals traits, and many more memorable activities. Author Maxine Anderson has created a wonderful book to help keep kids age four to eight engaged and learning.”

Home Education Magazine
“Combining hands-on learning with fun facts, trivia, jokes and riddles, and terrific illustrations by cartoonist Alexis Frederick-Frost, Explore Spring! offers younger readers an opportunity to mix real science with real fun.”

Detailed Book Description

From tracking spring peepers and raising tadpoles to learning about seeds and recording plant growth, Explore Spring! invites young readers to explore the wonders of spring by becoming scientists in the field. Combining hands-on learning with solid science, trivia, riddles, and terrific illustrations, projects investigate "the reason for the season" and include identifying trees and measuring their growth, recording soil temperature, and observing the forest floor. Bird migration and nest building are covered, and the movement of air and water is studied with experiments in capillary action and in such activities as "Making Parachutes," Making Kites," and "Mapping Air Currents with Bubbles."

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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: Life Science
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Let’s Investigate Spring!

Chapter 1
The Sun Makes the Seasons!

Chapter 2
Green, Green, Green!

Chapter 3
Trees & Leaves

Chapter 4
Animals on the Move

Chapter 5
Spring is for Babies!

Chapter 6
Spring Weather