Backyard Biology: Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door with 25 Projects

Overview


Life is everywhere, thriving in the city and in the country, teeming in ecosystems around the planet—in deserts, oceans, and even the Arctic. And life is right outside your door! Backyard Biology invites children ages 9 and up to investigate living things—especially in yards, parks, nature areas, and playgrounds. Trivia and fun facts bring animals, plants, and microorganisms to life, in all their wonder.

Readers become Nature Detectives with activities and projects that ...

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Overview


Life is everywhere, thriving in the city and in the country, teeming in ecosystems around the planet—in deserts, oceans, and even the Arctic. And life is right outside your door! Backyard Biology invites children ages 9 and up to investigate living things—especially in yards, parks, nature areas, and playgrounds. Trivia and fun facts bring animals, plants, and microorganisms to life, in all their wonder.

Readers become Nature Detectives with activities and projects that encourage children to make discoveries. Children will construct a plankton net to collect pond samples, and they’ll grow microorganisms in a Winogradsky Column. They’ll discover what mystery plants sprout from collected soil samples and build a rolypoly habitat. When children experiment with phototropism and geotropism, they'll discover the ways plants move. In Backyard Biology, children will scout out different habitats to observe and investigate—and do their part to protect them. Furthermore, this title meets the Common Core Curriculum Standards for reading informational text and the framework for K–12 earth science as well as life science, science inquiry, and natural resources.

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Publishers Weekly
"This addition to the Build It Yourself series incorporates 25 projects for kids to try as they explore the “ecosystems that are outside your door.” The book’s eight chapters cover biology (and microbiology), cells, and the life cycles of both plants and animals, among other topics; definitions of key terms appear throughout, as do Hetland’s cartoons and diagrams. Latham’s accessible, encouraging tone, along with such experiments as creating habitats for woodlice (aka roly-polies) and building bird nests using natural materials, should pique kids’ interest and get them outdoors. "

School Library Journal
"This resource guide contains a wealth of information and challenging activities for budding scientists. It provides nature projects that can easily be implemented and includes growing microbes, molds, and yeasts; engaging in chemical chromatography; and learning what average people can do to protect neighborhood habitats. Each activity begins with an overview, provides a list of needed supplies, and then usually offers two pages of numbered directions. Many illustrations, diagrams, and sidebars are integrated into the text. The “Did you know” boxes contain interesting facts about the topics of investigation. Each activity expands students’ vocabularies through “Words to Know” mini-glossaries on the pages on which they appear. An appended master glossary contains approximately 180 terms. A good choice for science collections."

Dr. H. Thorsten Lumbsch, MacArthur Associate Curator and Chair, Department of Botany, The Field Museum
Backyard Biology does a great job in sparking interest in biology and encouraging kids to look around them at plants and animals. This book has the potential of sowing the seeds for a new biologist or conservationist!”

Holly L. Lutz, Department of Zoology, The Field Museum
“I love science—it should be fun and exciting, and Backyard Biology does an excellent job of making it both! These experiments are a perfect introduction to the diversity of life for aspiring young scientists and explorers, and they can all be done in your very own backyard!”

Christine Fanning, Executive Director, The Outdoor Foundation
“What better place to learn about biology than in your backyard! From spores to butterflies to organelles, this book teaches kids how to explore habitats right outside their door and to enjoy the scientific process along the way. Whether in the country or in the city, this book encourages kids to grab a microscope, get curious, and head outside!”

Publishers Weekly
This addition to the Build It Yourself series incorporates 25 projects for kids to try as they explore the “ecosystems that are outside your door.” The book’s eight chapters cover biology (and microbiology), cells, and the life cycles of both plants and animals, among other topics; definitions of key terms appear throughout, as do Hetland’s cartoons and diagrams. Latham’s accessible, encouraging tone, along with such experiments as creating habitats for woodlice (aka roly-polies) and building bird nests using natural materials, should pique kids’ interest and get them outdoors. Ages 9–12. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
Being a biologist, I smiled at all of the exciting information packed into this book. There is plenty of biology vocabulary in this book. Words are used in the text then simply defined in the box next to it for reinforcement. There are connections made to the reader's life to help understand new words and prefixes. An example is relating the prefix "uni" to a unicycle or unicorn to explain it to mean one. This is the book for your budding biologist, microbiologist, and environmentalist. There are 25 great experimental activities to try. The reader is encouraged to think like a scientist, make predictions, make observations, and always record what you observe. Fun learning is here such as some flowers are male, some are female, and some can be both. The reader will learn some fascinating history of biology, chromatography, tropisms, amazing animal stories, and so much more. This book would also be a great addition to an elementary teacher's collection to help them introduce their students to the wonderful world of biology. It should be a home-schooled must. Reviewer: RevaBeth Russell
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—This resource guide contains a wealth of information and challenging activities for budding scientists. It provides nature projects that can easily be implemented and includes growing microbes, molds, and yeasts; engaging in chemical chromatography; and learning what average people can do to protect neighborhood habitats. Each activity begins with an overview, provides a list of needed supplies, and then usually offers two pages of numbered directions. Many illustrations, diagrams, and sidebars are integrated into the text. The "Did you know" boxes contain interesting facts about the topics of investigation. Each activity expands students' vocabularies through "Words to Know" mini-glossaries on the pages on which they appear. An appended master glossary contains approximately 180 terms. A good choice for science collections.—Caroline Geck, Camden Street School Library, Newark, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619301528
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2013
  • Series: Build It Yourself Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,446,519
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (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.

Beth Hetland is an illustrator who has an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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