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Backyard BIOLOGY
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Backyard BIOLOGY
Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door with 25 Projects
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BIOLOGY IS THE STUDY OF LIFE
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.

BIOLOGY IS THE STUDY OF LIFE
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.

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About the Author-
  • Donna Latham is an award-winning author and playwright. She is the author of Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself, Backyard Biology Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door With 25 Projects, Deciduous, Forests, Deserts, Garbage Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects, Norah Jones, Oceans, Respiration and Photosynthesis, Savannas and Grasslands, and Tundra. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Batavia, Illinois.
    Beth Hetland is an illustrator who has an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 18, 2013
    This addition to the Build It Yourself series incorporates 25 projects for kids to try as they explore the “ecosystems that are outside your door.” The book’s eight chapters cover biology (and microbiology), cells, and the life cycles of both plants and animals, among other topics; definitions of key terms appear throughout, as do Hetland’s cartoons and diagrams. Latham’s accessible, encouraging tone, along with such experiments as creating habitats for woodlice (aka roly-polies) and building bird nests using natural materials, should pique kids’ interest and get them outdoors. Ages 9–12.

  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2013

    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, NJ

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    February 15, 2013
    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.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

  • Booklist (February 2013)

    "This book does a lot to demystify the natural world and help young people connect to their own surroundings."

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