Amazing Arctic and Antarctic Projects You Can Build Yourselfby Carmella Van Vleet, Steven Weinberg
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
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 experimentsranging from making an Inuit boat, polar bear paw prints, a model of a dog igloo, midnight rations, and snowshoesprovide children a chance to see polar principles in action, without major adult involvement or fancy materials.
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
"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 activitiesfrom making a polar bear coin collector to sun gogglesto provide fun, hands-on learning." Cobblestone Magazine
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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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.