Track a Viral Infection Map

Track a Viral Infection Map

Infection from a virus is called a viral infection. It can be transmitted from person to person. Do you know how many people can be infected from one person? Let's find out!
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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.



Science Books & Films 2016 Best Books List
++: Highly Recommended
“This book is a great way to introduce young scientists to the scientific method and it allows for easy experimentation to be carried out at home (or in the classroom) for students of all backgrounds.”

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Media
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
“This is the ideal book for students who want to know more about microbes than they are learning in the classroom. Part textbook, part experiment project book, colorful, fun, and animated Microbes is easy to follow and goes in depth into various parts of the science: the scientists behind discoveries of microbes, illnesses and disease, and cures and antibodies. Each chapter has an essential question that is written both at the beginning and the end. Students are encouraged to reflect on what they have learned by keeping scientific journals (the scientific method is spelled out as well). At the end of each chapter are three different experiments that children can perform on their own (if there is any potential danger, the author notes that parental help is advised). Several QR codes are available so the reader can take a closer look at a microbe, pathogen, etc. Table of contents, index, resources used to write this book, recommended web sites and books, metric equivalent chart, and QR code index (in case the scanner does not work) all serve to round out the amazing science book!”

“Making microbes an engaging topic for young readers is no easy task, but by marshaling comic-book-style illustrations and plenty of relatable examples, this book will be an appealing choice for the science classroom and the library shelf . . . As a series of fun experiments in a dynamic layout that also remains faithful to the basic tenets of scientific inquiry, this is sure to engage young biologists.”

Detailed Book Description

If our vision were to improve 1 million times, we would be able to see microbes in the air, on our skin, in the dirt, in water, and on food! In Microbes: Discover an Unseen World, readers journey through several different microbial worlds to encounter bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists, and archaea populations. In this book, kids are granted access to an encompassing view of microbial worlds that collide with our own on a daily basis.

Hands-on experiments, such as building a mini incubator, making bacterial growth plates, and growing fungi, allow children to explore their microbiological surroundings safely while employing the scientific method to discover details about this weird and fascinating topic.

Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Life Science



Microbes Everywhere!

Chapter 1
The World of Microbes

Chapter 2
Microbes in Your Body

Chapter 3
Microbes in Water

Chapter 4
Microbes on Land and in the Air

Chapter 5
Pathogens: Microbes on the Dark Side

Chapter 6
Our Fight Against Pathogens

Metric Conversions
Essential Questions