Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself
Looking for lesson plans on habitats? The Best Children's Books recommends Amazing Biome Projects!
"What a great resource for planning habitat lesson plans! This book provides detailed introductions to nine different habitats, then suggests simple hands- on activities related to each habitat. Examples include how to make a glacier, a tornado in a bottle, rain forest 'crunch and munch', a 'desertarium' etc... "
Publishers Weekly (7/20/09) upcoming book list for Fall notes the latest addition to Nomad's Build It Yourself series.
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"Chock full of great information! The indoor and outdoor activities connect kids to the science discussed in each chapter. This high-powered tour of ecological principles, activities, and science vocabulary will thrill science educators and parents.” —Greg DeFrancis, Director of Education, Montshire Museum of Science
From School Library Journal: Gr 5–8 "Clear language, embedded definitions, and interesting examples illustrate abstract concepts through both text and well-chosen photographs.... Discuses the way humans impact ecosystems.... Includes suggested activities to test ideas as well as a thorough glossary and a Webliography.—Judith V. Lechner, Auburn University, AL."
National Science Teachers Association Recommends: "Did you know that no two zebras have the same pattern of stripes or that peregrine falcons are found on all continents except Antarctica? These are just two of the many intriguing facts to be gleaned from this fascinating book. The basic concepts of ecology—interactions, ecosystems, producers, consumers, decomposers, food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids—are all presented with clear graphics and great tidbits of information.
A wide variety of ecological topics can be found in this volume. Biomagnification is presented in the context of Rachel Carson’s elegant wake-up call to the world concerning the environmental effects of pesticides. This is followed by the threat of invasive species, the highly adaptable creatures that can easily wipe out native species in an environment. Symbiotic relationships, competition, the concept of an ecological niche, and ecological succession are described as factors that affect the success and balance in ecosystems. Many effects of human activity on the environment are also brought up. Also included in the book are student activities on designing an energy pyramid, researching endangered species, exploring symbiotic relationships, creating compost, and doing a field study of an ecosystem."