Backyard biology : investigate habitats outside your door with 25 projects (Build It Yourself (Nomad)) (#0899WC4)

by Latham, Donna; illustrated by Hetland, Beth

5 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

Hardcover Nomad Press, 2013
Price: USD 18.86
Description: 122 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Dewey: 570; Int Lvl: 5-8; Rd Lvl: 6.0
LEX 820L; GR T


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Paperback Nomad Press, 2013

USD 13.76

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Life Science

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Biology (Juvenile Nonfiction; Science & Nature)

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Presents step-by-step instructions for creating historically related projects, as well as providing historical background, facts, biographies, and trivia about the various topics. Entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars illuminte the topics, while Words to Know, highlighted and defined within the text, reinforce new vocabulary.

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Includes bibliographical references (page 119) and index. Contains instructions for twenty-five building projects and activities which teach children ages nine and up about biology topics, including cells, microbiology, plant and animal life cycles, and adaptations.

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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.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication Date: January 24, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Series: Build it yourself series
  • Dewey: 570
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 122 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
  • Tracings: Hetland, Beth, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-61930-152-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-61930-152-8
  • Follett Number: 0899WC4
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 6.0
  • Lexile: 820L
  • Guided Reading Level: T

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 02/15/13
  • Library Media Connection, 10/01/13
  • Publishers Weekly, 03/18/13
  • School Library Journal, 05/01/13
  • Science Books & Films (AAAS), 06/01/13

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (February 15, 2013 (Vol. 109, No. 12))
Grades 4-7. Science is everywhere, and the Build It Yourself series encourages children to view the wide world around them as their own laboratory. This volume begins with a brief overview of the branches of biology and offers detailed discussions on a host of topics including microbiology and cells, botany, animal life cycles, and adaptations. Relevant experiments and activities follow each of the seven chapters and are fully explained in step-by-step directions with illustrations. All experiments utilize easily obtained supplies from around the house and can largely be completed independent of excessive adult assistance. Latham does not neglect conservation issues and includes tips about treating the natural world with care during and after experiments. Meanwhile, a closing chapter on protecting living things provides a strong, comprehensive review. Difficult words are defined right in the margins, and fun cartoon illustrations abound. This book does a lot to demystify the natural world and help young people connect to their own surroundings.

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