Lake-Top Living

Lake-Top Living

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.
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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.

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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.

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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?

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Darwin's Finches

Darwin's Finches

From Evolution

In 1835, Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands, in the Pacific Ocean. While there, he noticed several different types of finches. These birds were very different from the finches Darwin had seen in England. The finches on the different islands had beaks of various sizes and shapes. A finch's beak structure determines what it can eat most efficiently. A finch with a tiny beak cannot easily crack large seeds. Finches with large beaks have trouble...

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Reviews

Praise for other books in the Explore Your World! series:

Explore Forces and Motion! With 25 Great Projects 
School Library Connection
Looking for ways to introduce, reinforce, and build on abstract physics concepts for young children? The author manages to make physics concepts simple in a light, accessible tone that will keep readers engaged. This very colorful text includes a timeline (not often seen in a book on physics), glossary, resources, essential questions, QR codes, primary source icons, and more. The real strength is the suggested projects that are simple to conduct yet essential in understanding concepts such as force, buoyancy, and magnetism. This would make an excellent addition to a classroom textbook to reinforce and demonstrate concepts. Librarians will love the focus on primary sources and scientific process.”

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA Recommends)
“Physics is fun with this colorful and informative book for students ages 7–10. Using the theme of motion, the book encourages readers to push, pull, spin, twist, and turn their way to learning basic concepts of force and motion. There are ample activities and projects throughout the book that provide the reader with ways to explore forces and motion and learn basic concepts while having loads of fun. . . Students will enjoy the fun graphics in the book. A cartoon turtle and chicken lead students through the reading and activities by providing comedy and demonstrations on how to do the activities in the book. The color and design graphics are bright and capture the interest of the reader.”

Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects 
Booklist
“. . . The accessible text takes a friendly tone, providing ample background information and easily recognizable everyday examples. Cartoon illustrations, inset boxes with facts, and occasional jokes help keep readers engaged. . . This should provide inspiration and insights into scientific exploration for students, teachers, and budding mad scientists.”

Explore Comets and Asteroids!
National Science Teachers Association Recommends

“Not just a book, an adventure! As you pick up and flip through Explore Comets and Asteroids! you begin to engage in a print experience that opens your eyes and mind to exploration in our galaxy and beyond. While this is print based, it is linked to the extraordinary volume of additional resources of the internet while firmly grounded with study information that one holds in the hand. The pages include QR codes with key word prompts to facilitate research on the content, 25 projects to engage the learner, vocabulary boxes within the content to assist with understanding, and abundant graphics to visually illustrate the concepts. There are also the important element of comic relief in the form of kid friendly “asides” that use play on words. “Did you Know?” and “Time to Discuss” prompts entice memory of key events in astronomy.

This paper bound book could be considered a mini course in the subject of comets and asteroids that serve to either develop knowledge or review it. The writing is clear and well organized into 6 chapters. The overview, in the form of a timeline, sets the stage for the understanding of our advancement of knowledge and understanding of these celestial bodies as our technology that is used to study them improved. Facts, figures, and concepts are addressed in an entertaining, yet educational manner, to engage the learner in the learning process and reward him/her with insights, understanding, and even encourage career planning. While it may appear to be a book for young readers, do not let it fool you. There is something for everyone as there is more to learn than first meets the eye. Want to read a book to your child, grandchild. or class? This might be a welcome change that increases interest in the study of the skies and beyond.”

Detailed Book Description

What kind of life can you find in lakes and ponds?

Lakes and Ponds! With 25 Science Projects for Kids invites readers ages 7 though 10 to investigate the bodies of water that might look calm from the shore but which are teeming with life and activity! Through fun facts and engaging content, kids explore the plants and animals living in lakes and ponds, from fish darting about to dragonfly nymphs gestating in the shallows to algae and aquatic plants converting sunlight into energy through photosynthesis. It’s a busy place!

Through science-minded STEM projects and investigative experiments that encourage readers to think of waterways as part of a larger ecosystem, kids develop critical and creative thinking skills about the role waterways play in our world and their importance to human life.

Try these hands-on STEM activities!

  • Build a model of a floating city
  • Model and test the water cycle
  • Experiment with buoyancy
Available In:
Hardcover, $19.95
9781619306998
Paperback, $14.95
9781619307018
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 96 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Life Science

TABLE OF CONTENTS

What Lives in Lakes and Ponds?

Introduction
What are Lakes and Ponds?

Chapter 1
Why Lakes and Ponds Are Important

Chapter 2
 Humans, Lakes, and Ponds

Chapter 3
Animals in Lakes and Ponds

Chapter 4
Plants in Lakes and Ponds

Chapter 5
Changing Lakes and Ponds

Chapter 6
Practicing Conservation

Glossary
Metric Conversions Resources
Essential Questions
Index