Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself

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Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself takes kids ages 9 and up on a circumnavigation of the globe to learn about Earth's terrestrial and aquatic biomes. Kid's will wander through forests, sizzle in deserts, shiver in the tundra, plunge beneath the seas to explore coral reefs, and slog through marshy waters. Along the way, kids will encounter flora and fauna adapted for survival in each unique climate zone. They'll learn about gnarly krumholz trees, bioluminescent sea creatures, camouflage, carnivorous ...
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Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself takes kids ages 9 and up on a circumnavigation of the globe to learn about Earth's terrestrial and aquatic biomes. Kid's will wander through forests, sizzle in deserts, shiver in the tundra, plunge beneath the seas to explore coral reefs, and slog through marshy waters. Along the way, kids will encounter flora and fauna adapted for survival in each unique climate zone. They'll learn about gnarly krumholz trees, bioluminescent sea creatures, camouflage, carnivorous plants, and blubbery marine critters. In each biome, people who use science in their jobs are highlighted, whether at the site of a disastrous oil spill or an oh-so-cool mastodon dig.
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School Library Journal
"Although the text addresses young “eco explorers” directly, this book will likely be used as much by teachers, parents, and organization leaders in planning group activities. Offering an overview of eight terrestrial biomes as well as the ocean, Latham crams a lot of information about climate, plants, animals, soil, and other characteristics onto every page. Vocabulary, jokes, and short questions and answers are tucked into various layouts along with small drawings in shades of gray. Instructions for hands-on activities related to different biomes include craft projects such as pictographs and a cornhusk doll. Students can learn how to make a glacier, an erupting volcano, and a tornado in a bottle. They can bake honey wheat bread or concoct rainforest “crunch and munch.” They can create a pinecone bird feeder, conduct experiments related to acid rain, and assemble a desertarium. Latham also lists ways to help the environment in everyday life. ... Designed for hands-on learners, with adult advice and guidance as needed."
Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Build it Yourself Series," Donna Latham offers do-at-home projects for students interested in several kinds of forests, deserts, savannas, mountains and oceans. Each of the chapters starts with a short explanation of the biome and its place in the world. In the chapter about tropical rainforests, Latham writes: "Tropical rainforests are located near the equator, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn... Tropical rainforests experience little fluctuation in temperature. Frost never develops in this moist hot biome, and plants never become dormant." Each chapter includes vocabulary words—pulled out as "Words to Know"—silly riddles, stand-alone facts called "Did You Know," and other short 50-100 word notes about a particular biome. The activities are tied to the biome. For the rainforest they include trying new foods and building hummingbird feeders. For the temperate grassland section, Latham suggests the reader build a tornado in a bottle. This book will appeal to the information mavens and teachers looking for projects to match an area of study. Backmatter includes a glossary, a list of resources, and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Although the text addresses young "eco explorers" directly, this book will likely be used as much by teachers, parents, and organization leaders in planning group activities. Offering an overview of eight terrestrial biomes as well as the ocean, Latham crams a lot of information about climate, plants, animals, soil, and other characteristics onto every page. Vocabulary, jokes, and short questions and answers are tucked into various layouts along with small drawings in shades of gray. Instructions for hands-on activities related to different biomes include craft projects such as pictographs and a cornhusk doll. Students can learn how to make a glacier, an erupting volcano, and a tornado in a bottle. They can bake honey wheat bread or concoct rainforest "crunch and munch." They can create a pinecone bird feeder, conduct experiments related to acid rain, and assemble a desertarium. Latham also lists ways to help the environment in everyday life. Other books offer more in-depth introductions to individual biomes, usually with more visual appeal. This one is designed for hands-on learners, with adult advice and guidance as needed.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934670392
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Build It Yourself Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 784,849
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Donna Latham is an award-winning author and playwright. She is the author of Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself, Backyard Biology Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door With 25 Projects, Deciduous, Forests, Deserts, Garbage Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects, Norah Jones, Oceans, Respiration and Photosynthesis, Savannas and Grasslands, and Tundra. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Batavia, Illinois.

Farah Rizvi is a graphic designer and an illustrator. She moved to the United States in 2000 and received her bachelor's degree in graphic design with a concentration in French from Colby-Sawyer College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Greetings, Eco Explorer! 1

Chapter 1 Home Sweet Home 10

Chapter 2 Deciduous Forests 17

Chapter 3 Coniferous Forests 29

Chapter 4 Tropical Rainforests 39

Chapter 5 Deserts 49

Chapter 6 Temperate Grasslands 60

Chapter 7 Tropical Savannas 72

Chapter 8 Tundra 81

Chapter 9 Mountains 93

Chapter 10 Oceans 101

Chapter 11 What Goes Around Comes Around 111

Glossary

Resources

Index

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