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Green Teacher Magazine
“Many people would wrinkle their nose at the thought of studying marshes and swamps. This book by J.K O’Sullivan, illustrated by Tom Casteel, demystifies some of the yucky elements of wetlands and emphasizes their importance. Some fun and easily-achievable projects, such as Nature’s Kidneys, What’s in the Water?, and Sea Level Rise engage students and teachers in using design skills. Other components, such as a True or False? game and the Did you know? Sections, help students build scientific literacy. Casteel’s graphics make the content more accessible and relatable to all audience.”
Curtis J. Richardson, Professor and Director Duke University Wetland Center
“A wonderful book that should bring children into the magical world of wetlands”
Praise for other books in the Explore Your World! series:
Explore Forces and Motion! With 25 Great Projects
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media
Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
“This series, each book subtitled “With 25 Great Projects” is one that merits a place in every library serving children. Each book begins with a timeline, and a solid introduction. “Words to know” are defined throughout the book, and QR codes lead to interesting videos. (If the QR codes don’t work the book provides keyword prompts to lead young researchers to the right information.) Science practices are defined, and interesting projects follow that teach important principles. An extensive index, bibliography, and glossary follow. This book focuses on physics, introducing Newton, Einstein, Galileo and more. The basic forces around us are defined, explained, and explored through hands-on projects. Much of the information is on an advanced level, but explained so younger students can understand it. There’s interesting information to be found here, and the projects are unique and STEM oriented. Buy the whole series.”
Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects
“. . . 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 kinds of plants and animals live in marshes and swamps?
The places where land and water meet are some of the most fascinating places on earth, where a rich diversity of plants and animals make their homes. In Marshes and Swamps! With 25 Science Projects for Kids, readers ages 7 to 10 explore wetlands through hands-on STEM projects that deepen their understanding of these special places. Come for a tour of these living laboratories and discover the many ways marshes and swamps help protect the environment!
In Marshes and Swamps, hands-on STEM projects for kids that promote the use of the scientific method provide an interactive learning experience, while links to primary sources offer ample opportunity for further, student-led exploration. Fun facts, engaging illustrations, timeline, glossary, and resources keep kids wanting to learn more about these fascinating bodies of water.
Try these hands-on STEM activities!
- Experiment with erosion
- Make a model wetland
- Design a filtration device
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What Lives in Marshes and Swamps?
What are Marshes and Swamps?
Why Marshes and Swamps Matter
Wild, Weedy, and Watery Plant Life
Marsh and Swamp Creatures
Warning Sings and Wetland Threats
Protecting Marshes and Swamps
Metric Conversions Resources