Explore Night Science!: With 25 Great Projects

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Explore Night Science! encourages 6–9 year olds to safely explore and understand what happens around the world when it is dark outside. Readers are led step by step into integrated, active explorations that uncover the science and technology of the natural and physical world that surrounds them. Kids learn about the rod and cone cells found in their eyes as they test their color vision at night, create a chorus mimicking the sounds of nocturnal animals, and make a personal stardome. Sidebars highlight a real kid...
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Overview


Explore Night Science! encourages 6–9 year olds to safely explore and understand what happens around the world when it is dark outside. Readers are led step by step into integrated, active explorations that uncover the science and technology of the natural and physical world that surrounds them. Kids learn about the rod and cone cells found in their eyes as they test their color vision at night, create a chorus mimicking the sounds of nocturnal animals, and make a personal stardome. Sidebars highlight a real kid who discovered a supernova, how Stonehenge is an ancient almanac, and what elephants and moths have in common.

Kids will be amazed at the adaptations used by plants and animals to survive and thrive in the dark of night. Whether they live in the country or in the city, kids will learn to use all of their senses to investigate the night. Explore Night Science! meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

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School Library Journal
"Six chapters cover the “when” and “why” of night; seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling the night; and, finally, night lights. The chapters on the senses are a fine introduction to how human senses work, with experiments that further explore the concepts. It isn't all serious science as there are plenty of silly jokes, such as, “what did the atmosphere say to the Earth? ‘I’ve got you covered!’” and a funny little cartoon owl mascot follows readers through the book. . . Information on what happens at night, nocturnal animal adaptations, and fun facts such as the reason that pirates wear eye patches will keep kids interested. This one will be worth staying up past bedtime for."

Parents & Teachers (US.Kids Magazine)
"Explore Night Science! is filled with fun, step-by-step activities that explore what happens in plants, animals, the sky, and our own human bodies after the sun goes down. This book is a great introduction to the investigative process, teaching little scientists how to attract night insects, imitate night sounds, build a stardust trap, and more!"

Booklist Online
". . . activities are well-suited to elementary-age scientists and encourage kids to follow through on observing and recording post-experiment. Relevant, informative text precedes the activities, thereby enriching each one. Nighttime is inherently cool to kids, and this book will undoubtedly make it even cooler."

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA Recommends)
". . . science content is explained in kid–friendly language that sets the stage for the hands–on activities used to investigate the concepts outdoors."

Bookloons
"Designed for children six and older who wish to learn more about what happens outdoors when the sun goes down, this book encourages the safe exploration of the nighttime changes in the plant and animal kingdoms as well as in the sky above and the human body. . .Both teachers and parents will find this a valuable book for creating special projects for their students or children. Follow the step-by-step instructions and there shouldn't be any problems with these activities."

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
This is a science activity book for young researchers (and in some cases their parents). Night is a very basic part of our world, but many of us do not realize how the world's inhabitants act differently in the light and the dark. Set up to follow the senses, kids experiment with seeing in the dark, hearing in the dark, smelling in the dark, and so forth. The activities include practicing seeing in the dark (and learning about cones and rods in your eyes), imitating night sounds of animals, and creating a moth feeding station. As with the other books in this series, the vocabulary words are defined on the page they are used, so no one has to flip to the back of the book. The illustrations are cute, but do not take away from the words, and the science is explained in plain language. Sidebars give a little more depth to the broad pieces of information found in each chapter. For example, in the section on feeling the night, one sidebar covers the heat sensors on vipers. Called heat pits, these cells are in the snake's head. Early elementary school kids should use this book as they start playing with science on their own. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Six chapters cover the "when" and "why" of night; seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling the night; and, finally, night lights. The chapters on the senses are a fine introduction to how human senses work, with experiments that further explore the concepts. It isn't all serious science as there are plenty of silly jokes, such as, "What did the atmosphere say to the Earth? 'I've got you covered!'" and a funny little cartoon owl mascot follows readers through the book. Younger children will need an adult to guide them through the text and activities, while older students could take the book and run with it. Most of the activities can be done with household items and range in complexity. There is an experiment that illustrates how the atmosphere and light work together, another that tests the eye's ability to differentiate between colors at night, and instructions for the creation of a star dome with an old umbrella and glow-in-the-dark paint. Information on what happens at night, nocturnal animal adaptations, and fun facts such as the reason that pirates wear eye patches will keep kids interested. This one will be worth staying up past bedtime for.—Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619301566
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 9/26/2012
  • Series: Explore Your World series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Cindy Blobaum is the author of Explore Night Science! for Nomad Press, as well as Geology Rocks and Insectigations. She is a contributor to Highlights, Hopscotch for Girls, and Plays magazines and has designed science-based programs and teacher workshops for nature organizations throughout the United States. Cindy lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bryan Stone is a cartoonist and the illustrator of several books for Nomad Press including Explore Night Science!, Explore Flight!, Explore Rivers and Ponds!, Explore Rocks and Minerals!, and Explore Electricity!. He lives in Hartland, Vermont.

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