A Project Guide to Fish and Amphibians

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Believe it or not, fish and amphibians have a lot in common with humans. All have backbones, and like humans, some fish and amphibians produce live young. With these fun and easy science experiments, you can explore many more similarities and differences between fish, amphibians, and you. What organs do we share, and which ones are different? Do we have the same type of vision? How about the sense of touch? Find out these answers and more, including how fish move through water and what keeps them from sinking. You can also help make life easier for some of these creatures by exploring their ecosystems and making a home for sensitive species. Grab your science notebook and get ready to explore these fabulous creatures.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—These books present basic information in a format and size that seems designed to appeal to readers younger than the reading level. Each book begins with a complex introduction, e.g., Fish & Amphibians includes a chart of "Late Devonian obe-finned fish and amphibious tetrapods" and continues on to an uneven presentation of the topic. Activities are the focus of this series, but the instructions are sometimes vague and/or overly complex, e.g., in Biomes, the reversible effects of cold on the behavior of fish instructs the experimenter to place a frozen container in a fish bowl to observe the change in the fish's breathing as the temperature falls. Guidelines as to the size of the fish bowl or what to use as a frozen container are limited to advising against using ice cubes because of the danger to fish in chlorinated water. Yet in Fish & Amphibians a similar project uses ice cubes. Genetics jumps right in to a description of the differences between homozygous and heterozygous traits and then employs Gummi-Bears, marshmallows, and pairs of socks in projects. Many illustrations are not of the highest quality—some are blurry and others have an amateurish "cut and paste" look to them. The yellow banana slug seems to float above the text in Sponges, Worms, and Mollusks, and the picture's caption, like most of the others, does not specify a location for the animal. Due to the contrast in reading level and the overall look and feel of the books, these are additional purchases.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584158738
  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2010
  • Series: Life Science Projects for Kids Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Fish Eyes 7

Fish Drafting 11

Fish Floats 15

Respiration Rates 18

Scale Tales 21

While the Fish Was Swimming 24

Croakin' Communications 27

How to Hear With No (External) Ears 30

Frog Guts 33

Salamander Crossing 37

Toad Abode 41

Chapter Notes 43

Further Reading 44

Books 44

Works Consulted 44

On the Internet 45

Glossary 46

Index 47

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