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Biodiversity : explore the diversity of life on Earth : with environmental science activities for kids

Author: Laura Perdew; Tom Casteel
Publisher: White River Junction, VT : Nomad Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: ; Environmental science (Nomad Press)'">"Build it yourself" series.; Environmental science (Nomad Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth with Science Activities for Kids introduces middle schoolers to the evolution of life on Earth, beginning with the first single-celled organisms that emerged 3.8 billion years ago to the complex, multi-celled organisms that exist today and make up the tree of life. Biodiversity is found everywhere on the planet--on land, in the water, and even in extreme  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Activity books
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Perdew; Tom Casteel
ISBN: 9781619307513 1619307510 9781619307483 1619307480 9781544424491 1544424493
OCLC Number: 1089290142
Target Audience: Ages 9-12.
Description: v, 122 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 27 cm.
Contents: What is biodiversity --
A short history of life on Earth --
Biodiversity everywhere --
Why biodiversity matters --
Biodiversity and humans --
Threats to biodiversity --
Protecting biodiversity.
Series Title: "Build it yourself" series.; Environmental science (Nomad Press)
Responsibility: Laura Perdew ; illustrated by Tom Casteel.

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Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth with Science Activities for Kids introduces middle schoolers to the evolution of life on Earth, beginning with the first single-celled organisms that emerged 3.8 billion years ago to the complex, multi-celled organisms that exist today and make up the tree of life. Biodiversity is found everywhere on the planet--on land, in the water, and even in extreme environments such as ice and volcanoes. Biodiversity can also be discovered by looking through a microscope at tiny worlds of organisms that can't be seen with the human eye. There are whole microbiomes beneath our feet, in puddles, and even in our belly buttons! All of this biodiversity on Earth helps keep the planet in balance. Biodiversity is also important to humans because it provides food, shelter, clothing, medicines, and more. However, the rates of biodiversity loss are increasing because of human activities. Climate change, pollution, habitat destruction, over-exploitation--these are all critical threats to biodiversity. There are, however, ways to slow or stop this loss through conservation and sustainable development. Biodiversity includes hands-on STEM activities and critical thinking exercises to encourage readers to consider the threat to biodiversity and figure out ways to be part of the solution. Activities and projects include making biogas, a microscope, a tabletop biosphere as well as planting a bee garden, studying a soil sample and water sample. Fun facts, links to online primary sources and other supplemental material, and essential questions take readers on an exploration of the incredible biodiversity on Earth.

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