Make Flour Tortillas

Make Flour Tortillas

Wheat is a staple food for people worldwide. Many use wheat to make bread, cakes, pastries, bagels, muffins, tortillas, and more. In this activity, you will use wheat flour to make tortillas that you can eat!
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Write a Fabulous Fish Book

Write a Fabulous Fish Book

From Antifreeze, Leaf Costumes, and Other Fabulous Fish Adaptations

Fish have many different fabulous adaptations that help them survive in environments all around the Earth. Write about them!

Build Your Own Bird

Build Your Own Bird

From Spit Nests, Puke Power, and Other Brilliant Bird Adaptations

Birds have beaks, wings, feathers, and interesting feet. Each of these features helps a bird to survive in its habitat.

Amphibians Near You

Amphibians Near You

From Sunscreen, Frogsicles, and Other Amazing Amphibian Adaptations

Amphibians are found all around the world, except Antarctica. That means there are amphibians living near you! And every amphibian has many adaptations that help it survive. They must be able to find food, take shelter, and stay safe.

Pipe-Cleaner Reptiles

Pipe-Cleaner Reptiles

From Water-Walking, Sidewinding, and Other Remarkable Reptile Adaptations

Reptiles include snakes, lizards, alligators, crocodiles, turtles, and tortoises. They live everywhere on Earth except in the coldest environments.



Praise for The Physics of Fun by Carla Mooney

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Praise for The Chemistry of Food by Carla Mooney

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"A fun introduction to cooking and food investigation for middle grade students. The book can easily be adapted for classroom use or specific project research.

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Detailed Book Description

What's on your dinner table?

You probably have some form of maize, wheat, rice, and potatoes on your plate! From London to Lagos to Los Angeles, these staple foods dominate our breakfast bowls, lunch boxes, and dinner tables. In today’s world, more than half of the calories that we consume come from maize, wheat, and rice alone. How did this happen?

In The Science of Seeds: Why We Eat Maize, Wheat, Rice, and Potatoes with Hands-On Science Activities for Kids, young anthropologists learn about how humans co-evolved alongside these foods and why these crops are considered the building blocks of the world as we know it. Climate-concerned kids explore global efforts to save seeds, farm smarter, and build edible ecosystems. Plus, learn to cook with some great recipes! Hands-on science projects and essential questions offer kids a deep exploration into why we eat what we eat!

Try these hands-on STEM activities!

  • Make masa dough

  • Grow your own wheatgrass

  • Practice selective breeding

  • Cultivate a potato plant

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


Introduction: Seeds, Seeds, Everywhere!
Chapter One: First Farmers, First Crops
Chapter Two: Maize
Chapter Three: Wheat
Chapter Four: Rice
Chapter Five: Potatoes
Chapter 6: Endangered Seeds
Metric Conversions
Essential Questions