Dynamic Planet: Exploring Changes on Earth with Science Projects

9781491448151. ea vol: 32p. (Discover Earth Science). further reading. glossary. illus. index. websites. Capstone. 2015. lib. ed. $26.65.
Gr 3–6—Projects designed for hands-on learning encourage student investigation of natural processes such as photosynthesis and sedimentation. Each of the seven featured projects in Dynamic Planet and Liquid Planet relate fairly closely to one another. All About Earth includes topics such as wind speed and gravity. None of the books require explorations to be completed in any particular order. Most projects note when adult help is needed and have clear directions accompanied by helpful photos. Whether moving graham crackers on frosting to simulate plate tectonics or observing decomposition rates of compost materials, students will find opportunities to translate explanations into action.
VERDICT Good choices for project-oriented earth science learning.
This series explores earth and meteorological science concepts, including geological processes such as erosion and the physical properties of wind and water. Brief explanations, heavy on bolded vocabulary words, are paired with standard hands-on activities (e.g., stream models and baking soda volcanoes). Although the directions and photographs are straightforward, some projects are elaborate and their related concepts aren't always clear. Reading list. Glos., ind. Review covers these Fact Finders: Discover Earth Science titles: Dynamic Planet and All About Earth.

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