Praise for Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth with 25 Projects
Dr. Laura Von Staden -Special Education Middle School Teacher
"If you are teaching climate change, global warming, or the carbon cycle and man’s impact on the Earth’s equilibrium to students of this age range, I would recommend you check out this valuable resource. . ."
“This is one of the best inclusive science books around . . . . Not only is this book a needed in school libraries but would be a great addition for every third grade science teacher on up.”
After School Magazine
". . . This comprehensive, engaging, project-based book would deepen the interest in and understanding of science and the outside world for pre-teen readers in today’s modern, technology-driven culture."
". . . If you are teaching climate change, global warming, or the carbon cycle and man’s impact on the Earth’s equilibrium to students of this age range, I would recommend you check out this valuable resource. The content, the activities, and the resources embedded in QR codes are all excellent."
Greg Laden's Science Blog
"Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth covers many concepts in earth science, from paleontology to climate systems to how to make a battery out of apple (how can a kid’s science activity not include the apple battery!). . . One of the coolest things about the book is the material on what an individual can do to address energy and climate related problems, including (but not limited to) advice on activism, such as writing letters to government officials. . . "
School Library Journal
"This installment of the well-known series encourages students to examine the timely subject of climate change . . . The book’s energetic and enthusiastic approach is its strength. There are numerous sidebars, supplemental digital materials, and some solid hands-on projects. The text and activities work together to remind students that the future is in their hands and they can be a part of the solution. A welcome addition."
Amazon 4/10/2014 #1 Hot New Release in Children’s Earth Science Books
“Comparing Earth to a spaceship that relies on fresh water and clean air, this title in the Build It Yourself series focuses on how the planet’s systems have become unbalanced, creating a climate change. . . chapters consider the numerous ways scientists can study climate change, inventions designed to restore Earth to its proper balance, and simple initiatives all humans can take in their own neighborhoods. Readers can explore these concepts in more depth through 25 accompanying activities, many of which highlight the scientific method. . . This hands-on approach will get students thinking about their own impact on climate change.”
Erica Daniels Champions Before and After School Programs
“ . . . Definitely one of the most interactive science texts geared towards middle-school students available. . . . Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth with 25 Projects is a comprehensive, engaging, project-based book that would deepen the interest in and understanding of science for any young reader in today’s modern, technology-driven culture.”
Anne Leonardi, Site Director, Market Mentor, Quality Achievement Award Winner, 2014 Knowledge Universe
“. . . Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth is a must have for teaching environmental awareness and responsibility for young passengers on “Spaceship Earth.” Authors Joshua Sneideman and Erin Twamley have created a comprehensive, engaging and approachable text that will maintain interest as it introduces and integrates STEM activities. I am excited to bring this exceptional resource to my afterschool program where it will be integral in achieving our STEM objectives.”
Mark Partridge, Ph.D., Associate in Research, Florida State University
“Student engagement and learning in activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is of critical importance as we must encourage our students to pursue these fields later in life. Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth provides just the right amount of hands on student engagement relating to issues that are of critical importance in STEM fields. Students and teachers will love this text!”
Mark McCaffrey, Program and Policy Director, National Center for Science Education
“This graphically rich and friendly overview of climate change science includes an emphasis on how scientists know what they know about climate in general and human impacts on the climate system in particular.”
Michael Arquin, Director & Founder, KidWind Project
“This comprehensive book for young students will be a useful resource for KidWind as we help teachers define the role that renewable energy can play in helping combat climate change. I love how it weaves a narrative of how our planet arrived at this place in our climate history and how we understand what is happening.”
The NEED Project (National Energy Education Development)
“An excellent resource for helping students understand climate science and the basics of climate change. It supports critical thinking and inquiry processes and encourages interaction with primary sources.”
J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director, Minnesota-based Fresh Energy
“With an engaging set of project-based STEM activities aligned with the scientific vocabulary, this book helps bring climate change to life. Students will learn how innovation and problem-solving can help shape the future.”
Michael Leifer, President & Co-Founder, Ecodads
“Bravo to the authors, who have taken the hard-to-articulate and difficult-to comprehend topic of climate change and translated it into a fun, experiential, and easy-to-digest exploration.”
Melinda Higgins, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow 20132014.
“I love that students are encouraged to be part of the solution!”
Praise for Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out
2012 Skipping Stones Honor Award, Nature and Ecology
National Science Teachers Association
“Is it time for your students to go GAGA? They'll learn Garbage Awareness and (conclude that) Garbage is Awesome when reading and discovering the amazing investigations in this book.”
Praise for Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself
2008 Parent’s Choice Foundation Recommended
National Science Teachers Association
“This delightful and informative guide to the natural world is sure to captivate the attention of young readers. This book would be useful for leaders of enrichment groups, youth groups, scouts, and budding scientists and their families.”
Gr 4–8—This installment of the well-known series encourages students to examine the timely subject of climate change. The volume is full of questions, words to know, primary sources, and fun-filled learning activities. The introductory chapter reminds readers of the importance of taking care of the planet. Subsequent chapters examine solar energy, the role of methane and carbon dioxide gases in the atmosphere, the earth's climate history, and the causes and effects of global warming. The book's energetic and enthusiastic approach is its strength. There are numerous sidebars, supplemental digital materials, and some solid hands-on projects, including how to make a telescope, a solar cooker, a sundial, and an apple battery. The text and activities work together to remind students that the future is in their hands and they can be a part of the solution. VERDICT A welcome addition.—Patricia Ann Owens, formerly with Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Mount Carmel