Planet Earth: Finding Balance on the Blue Marble with Environmental Science Activities for Kids
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 Read More
Praise for previous edition: Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself by Kathleen Reilly
“Both comprehensive and approachable, this title in the ‘Build It Yourself’ series combines explanations of science concepts and environmental issues with hands-on projects. Extensive further readings and an eye-catching design filled with drawings complete a title that while educating kids about the environment steers them past despair with the reminder that every individual action helps: ‘Some changes are better than none.’”
National Science Association
“This delightful and informative guide to the natural world is sure to captivate the attention of young readers. . . . useful for leaders of enrichment groups, youth groups, scouts, and budding scientists and their families.”
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