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Amazing Arctic and Antarctic Projects You Can Build Yourself
     

Amazing Arctic and Antarctic Projects You Can Build Yourself

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by Carmella Van Vleet, Steven Weinberg
 

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The faraway lands of the North and South Poles are examined in this revealing guide, enabling children to explore the coldest places on Earth from the warmth of their homes. From polar exploration and penguins to Inuit cultures and the tundra, simple yet thorough explanations are provided for a range of Arctic and Antarctic topics while copious vocabulary notes and

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The faraway lands of the North and South Poles are examined in this revealing guide, enabling children to explore the coldest places on Earth from the warmth of their homes. From polar exploration and penguins to Inuit cultures and the tundra, simple yet thorough explanations are provided for a range of Arctic and Antarctic topics while copious vocabulary notes and fun factoids enrich the material. More than two dozen interactive projects and experiments—ranging from making an Inuit boat, polar bear paw prints, a model of a dog igloo, midnight rations, and snowshoes—provide children a chance to see polar principles in action, without major adult involvement or fancy materials.

Editorial Reviews

Cobblestone Magazine
Introduces readers to the animals and environments of the North and South poles, and then offers activities-from making a polar bear coin collector to sun goggles-to provide fun, hands-on learning.
CeciBooks Editorial and Publishing Consultancy
Clearly illustrated projects appear with well-written lessons on subjects such as exploration of the polar region, animals of the tundra, the scientists who work on the poles, and the Inuit people. A great glossary and good vocabulary sidebars. Bonus: Printed on recycled content paper, with a note on the Green Press Initiative at front, this book's publisher walks the talk!
Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed
Exploring the North and South Poles with a splendid variety of simple projects, activities, and experiments brings history, culture, nature and science to active learners. These activities comprise the basis for presenting context and perspective about locations very few of us will ever visit by using familiar materials and creative methods. For example, readers can make sun goggles; a naturally buoyant cup that is similar to a nearly buoyant penguin; a model of Mount Erebus, a volcano; an ice core sample; a neck gator or a jar terrarium; or a Northern Lights picture. In addition, the publishers are keen about preserving the environment through awareness, conservation, and practical application. As a member of Green Press Initiative, pages of the book are from 100% postconsumer recycled papers. Young people discover geographic wonders at both ends of the Earth by a study of polar bears, penguins, seals, walruses, whales, unique ecosystems like the tundra, icebergs, glaciers, and many diverse people who work in numerous capacities. In such harsh polar conditions, living things have adapted in remarkable ways. "Words to Know," "Did you know?" and "More Things to Try" help clarify understanding and make further connections beyond the text. Natives, explorers, scientists, families, mapmakers, aviators, biologists, educators, and others continue uncovering these vast worlds. Other books in the "You Can Build Yourself" series focus on environmental aspects while leading students through a hands-on approach. A glossary, multiple resources, and an index complete this fine book. Even though not in color, illustrations and drawings complement a rich amount of reference material in a pleasinglayout. Instructions are basic, a supplies list is given, and appropriate explanations are fascinating for youngsters to dive into. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

The title both exaggerates and overlooks the contents of this volume. It's much more than a project book, and the projects are far less than "amazing." The 12 chapters are clearly written and introduce the polar regions in a comprehensive way, explaining the harsh climates that result from the Earth's tilt, the habitats and inhabitants (both animal and human), exploration and explorers, the lifestyle and research taking place in Antarctica, and the impact of global warming on the poles. The hands-on activities include science experiments, games, and crafts that range from papier-mâché to sewing and carpentry. Some of the projects are quite involved, and there are no step-by-step diagrams. The science activities lack explanations of the principles involved or their application. No extensions or guiding questions are included and sometimes the correlation to the chapter is a stretch. Overall, the book's busy design can be confusing. The chock-full pages have a body text that flows into sidebar text with only a slight font-size difference. Highlighted "words to know" boxes, interesting facts, and "More Things to Try" boxes, along with black, gray, and white graphics, are included. A gray abstract pattern behind the activities and chapter title pages causes occasional legibility issues.-Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI

From the Publisher

"It's much more than a project book . . . The 12 chapters are clearly written and introduce the polar regions in a comprehensive way."  —School Library Journal

"Clearly illustrated projects appear with well-written lessons . . . A great glossary, and good vocabulary sidebars. Bonus: Printed on recycled content paper, with a note on the Green Press Initiative at front, this book's publisher walks the talk!"  —CeciBooks Editorial and Publishing Consultancy

"Introduces readers to the animals and environments of the North and South poles, and then offers activities—from making a polar bear coin collector to sun goggles—to provide fun, hands-on learning."  —Cobblestone Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619301276
Publisher:
Nomad Press
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Series:
Build It Yourself Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Carmella Van Vleet is a former teacher and the author of "Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build Yourself," "Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself," " How to Avoid School Snafus," "Writing Club," and "Writing Club II." She lives in Lewis Center, Ohio.

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Amazing Arctic and Antarctic Projects You Can Build Yourself 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't hesitate to pick this book up. As an elementary school teacher I look forward to using this book in an upcoming unit on the Polar Regions. It is full of great information. Students will find this book very useful for projects and reports. Words to know, more things to try and did you know sidebars appeal to children. The graphics are fun and certainly not confusing. If you visit the publisher's site you can take a look inside this book.