Anyone can get involved in gathering data for ongoing, actual scientific studies such as the Audubon Bird Count and FrogWatch USA. Just get out into a field, urban park, or your own backyard. You can put your nose to a monarch pupa or listen for raucous frog calls. You can tally woodpeckers or sweep the grass for ladybugs. This book, full of engaging photos and useful tips, will show you how.
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||10.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.10(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Loree Griffin Burns, PhD., is the author of The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe and Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion, both ALA Notable books. She lives in Massachusetts.
Ellen Harasimowicz also lives in Massachusetts and is a freelance photojournalist whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and Scientific American.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Citizen Scientists is a great book to get kids involved in becoming "scientists." The book is divided into the four seasons. For each season, kids are encouraged to track, count, or tag a specific animal. In the Fall, Monarch butterflies are captured and tagged; in the Winter, birds are counted; in the Spring, listening to frog calls to determine the type of frogs; and in the Summer, different types ladybugs are collected and counted. Because the book is written in second person, I feel kids would feel more connected and responsible. The author provides many tips for these young scientists from how to tell the difference between male and female Monarch butterflies to how tell the difference between frogs sounds. I really enjoyed this book and loved how it was broken up. There is a very helpful Table of Contents. Inserted information between each season tells of a watch group for each animal and how to get in touch and obtain materials. The book ends with many more resources and a very helpful index. Highly recommend. I'm thinking of doing the ladybug project with my kids this summer. The book is illustrated with brightly colored photographs of all the animals discussed and many photos of kids being scientists.
I love that this book is so kid friendly. It features four projects--one for each season of the year--and includes sections written in the second person point of view, so kids will know it's for them. The book has plenty of examples of kids participating in citizen science projects and tips for how readers can get involved in the projects themselves. I just know this book will convert tons of kids into citizen scientists, and later, into adults who care for and protect the natural world.