Children’s knowledge of the Earth and its ecology will blossom with this engaging guide to understanding and enriching the environment. The first half of the handbook provides an overview of the natural world and encourages children to get their hands dirty and actively connect with the environment while the second half introduces key environmental issueswind and solar power, pollution, endangered species, global warming, and recyclingand posits potential solutions. Trivia, fun facts, and 25 captivating hands-on projects investigate ecology basics, such as the food chain, oxygen, and animal habitats, as well as ways to lessen the strain on the Earth’s resources by reducing human waste and consumption. Activities include building a worm composting castle, a wind-powered bubble machine, a Tullgren funnel, and a gardening project that illustrates the burden of overpopulation.
"An engaging guide to the natural world. It encourages children nine and up to get their hands dirty and actively connect with the environment. It is a great introduction to key environmental issues." Calgary Child "Written for kids 9 and up and their grown-ups. Great for home, clubs and school." Awrungsponge.blogspot.com "Could easily serve as a supplemental textbook in science and environmental classes for children ... very informative and age appropriate." CLEAR Reviews
Introduction: Planet Earth: Our Ecosystem What really makes up the environment? A habitat is the natural home of a group of plants and animals; community is the plants and animals themselves within that habitat; ecology is the study of habitats and communities together are the environment. All living things rely on each other in what's called an ecosystem. It's all an interconnected web. Part One: Understanding Our WorldChapter One: Earth, Our Spot in Space What makes life possible here on earth? How the different habitats function and how they're all interconnected. Chapter Two: Air, All Around UsHopefully, you can't see it or smell it (otherwise it may be polluted!). Once, the oxygen in air was poisonous to early life. Now, it's crucial. What air really is, why it's necessary for life. Chapter Three: Water, Water, EverywhereHow the water cycle works; why it's important; what is water really, anyway? The magic of water-its stages and its functions in life. Chapter Four: Creatures and HabitatThe fragile food web blankets our environment. Here's how it starts, why it's so delicate, and where we fit into it. Chapter Five: The Power of the SunWhy the sun is critical to the environment-and how its rays really affect life on earth, and its role in the life cycle.Part Two: The Problems the Environment Faces Chapter Six: Pollution Air, land, and water are clogged every day with human-generated pollutants. What they are, where they come from, what harm they can do. Chapter Seven: Global WarmingWhat is global warming-what causes it, why is it important, and how can it be slowed? The impact on wetlands, oceans, polar habitats, and you. Chapter Eight: Ozone DepletionThe ozone layer protects us from the sun's rays; ozone depletion is in the same family as global warming but slightly different-without the ozone, we're not protected from UV exposure. What causes ozone depletion, what can be done? Chapter Nine: ConservationWhat needs to be preserved and saved, and why? Why our earth's resources-organic and non-organic-are finite and valuable. Conservation efforts to help animals-overpopulation issues. Chapter Ten: Recycling, More Than a Buzz WordWhy is recycling really important, anyway? How reducing waste protects the earth. How things are recycled-what happens to them after they leave your recycle bin? What happens to paper, plastic, glass, and food waste? Chapter Eleven: Putting it all together.
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 7
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 1st April 2008
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 25.4