Concepts of microbiology, botany, and zoology can all sound scary. But this introduction to the basic concepts of biology reveals exciting discoveries about microorganism, plant, and animal life using the backyard as a laboratory. Kids in the city and kids in the country will engage in the scientific process as they watch yeast blow up a balloon, make predictions about and test seed growth in different soils, grow microbes in a Winogradsky Column, observe the effects of geotropism, prepare and nurture a habitat for bugs, and make an edible coral reef. As readers engage with the text and understand what living things are made of, and how backyard plants and animals thrive and adapt, they will also learn about how their own actions can harm the living things around them, and what they can do to protect their backyard habitats.
March 2013 Publishers Weekly review.
School Library Journal Review
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, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"This book does a lot to demystify the natural world and help young people connect to their own surroundings." —Booklist (February 2013)