Monday, October 8, 2018

Nonfiction Monday

 In Explore the Ice Age! with 25 Projects by Cindy Blobaum, readers ages 7-10 have an opportunity to delve into the history, causes, and effects of the most recent ice age that ended on planet earth about 10,000 years ago and discover how that ice age influenced the lives of stone age humans as well as later civilizations.

Students are encouraged to step into the role of the scientists who are still studying the ice age climate, people, mammals, and natural environment associated with this amazing time in earth’s history.
A thoughtful introduction sets the tone by explaining how ice ages occur and laying out the basic steps to scientific research -- from asking a question, to creating and testing a hypothesis, and then evaluating the results. The first project is creating an Ice Age Journal where readers will make notations regarding what they learn and keep track of their observations as they attempt the various other projects.
Topics include:
An overview with a look at the physical world that acquaints students with tundra, permafrost, the water cycle, glaciers and other important features of the ice age world.
The work of scientists such as paleontologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, geologists, and climate scientist, and the geological evidence for ice ages.
The animals that lived during the ice age, their unique adaptations and how changing climate worked for and against the survival of various animals.
How humans found shelter, hunted and gathered food, made clothing and tools like spears and needles, and created art.
In addition, sidebars define “Words To Know” and text boxes highlight important events, concepts, and facts to enrich the reading experience. Each chapter offers a variety of hands-on activities to focus attention and reinforce specific content by digging deeper into individual topics

Timelines, colorful maps, charts, illustrations, and examples of Ice Age sites around the U.S.,  together with a glossary and additional resources, provide plenty of visual interest and support the content.

Highly recommended for STEM classrooms and after-school programs, home and school libraries.

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