Planet Earth: Finding Balance on the Blue Marble with Environmental Science Activities for Kids
Explore Rocks and Minerals!
20 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments
Explore Rocks and Minerals! offers kids ages 6-9 a fascinating introduction to geology. It investigates the geological forces that create and transform rocks, outlining the life cycle of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, and what they can tell us about the earth. It also explores fossils, and how they come to exist and are discovered. Explore$12.95
With 25 Great Projects
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$14.95 - $19.95
Eruptions and Explosions
Real Tales of Violent Outbursts
The energy released when volcanoes erupt, engines combust, or bombs explode both thrills and fascinates people. But this power also kills. Eruptions and Explosions: Real Tales of Violent Outbursts recounts the history of five blowups that continued to rattle the world long after the smoke had cleared and embers cooled. The latest book in the Mystery$9.95 - $19.95
The Science of Natural Disasters
When Nature and Humans Collide
While natural disasters might seem horrifically random, scientists can explain quite a lot about why they happen, how they develop, how we can try to prevent them, and how we can predict where and when they’ll happen next. The Science of Natural Disasters: When Nature and Humans Collide invites kids 12 to 15 to explore the science$17.95 - $22.95
Booklist Top 10 Nonfiction Series for 2020
“Build It Environmental Science (4 titles) Gr. 4–8. Mixing comics and thoughtfully designed activities with solid information, this series accessibly explores with precision such topics as biodiversity, biomes, and Earth’s garbage problem.”Read more online.
Praise for Explore Soil! With 25 Great Projects by Kathleen Reilly
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.”
For educators! Download a packet of essential questions, mentor texts, and Common Core State Standards to use in classrooms and libraries.Classroom Guide
Detailed Book Description
The environment is all around us, whether you live in a city, suburb, or the country. Sometimes, it’s easy to ignore. But forgetting about the environment isn’t an option if we want our planet to be healthy!
Planet Earth: Finding Balance on the Blue Marble with Environmental Science Activities for Kids introduces middle grade readers to all the parts of the natural world, including the oceans, the atmosphere, the earth, and everything in between. In this book, kids master ecology basics, such as the food web and animal habitats, while also learning about environmental issues such as wind and solar power, endangered species, climate change, and more. Stories about new innovations in fields such as recycling, agriculture, and energy production galvanize readers to turn their creative thinking skills to their own inventions.
Planet Earth includes hands-on STEM activities and critical thinking exercises to encourage readers to discover connections among their observations of their immediate environment and the larger world around them. Fun facts, links to online primary sources and other supplemental material, and essential questions encourage readers to ask themselves what they could do differently to make the world a healthier place.
Planet Earth is part of a set of four Build It Environmental Science books that explore the history and science of the planet and all that live on it through hands-on STEM activities and real-life environmental connections. Other titles in this series are Planet Earth, Garbage, and Biomes.
Try these hands-on environmental projects!
- Build your own worm castle
- Conduct your own food supply experiment
- Make your own Tullgren funnel
- Observe air pollution in your home
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome to Planet Earth
Earth: Our Spot in Space
The Planet of Air and Water
Our Star, the Sun
Life on Earth
Finding the Balance