Extinction: What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds? with 25 Projects

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Nomad Press (VT)
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8.1 X 0.6 X 10.1 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author

Laura Perdew is an author, writing consultant, and former middle school teacher. She has written more than 15 books for the education market on a wide range of subjects, including the animal rights movement, the history of the toilet, eating local, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. She is a long-time member of the Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators. Laura lives in Boulder, Colorado. Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master's degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head; Cities: Discover How They Work; and Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind. Tom lives in South Bend, Indiana.


National Science Teachers Association Recommends

This book uses the concept of extinction to teach a little chemistry, a little climatology, paleontology, biology (biodiversity), ecology, and a lot of geology. The science information is historical and current, drawing on three-dimensional learning*, incorporating science practices to determine what factors affect extinction in general and specifically.
The integration of concepts help bring the science alive and relevant. I like the interactive side notes with website addresses and even more fun, QR codes. The QR codes link you to a variety of sources to dig deeper into specific content; these links alone make the book worthwhile to me. The activities include hands-on investigations, giving students opportunities to conduct experiments, to practice science while making connections, and to communicate their findings.

Alexander's Library

Finally! A book about paleontology that begins with a geological time scale stretching from Earth's beginning (about 4.6 billion years ago) to the present. Not only does the timeline map out eras, periods, and epochs, it also places the last five mass extinctions into context. Fortunately, the introductory chapter defines what an extinction is, detailing contemporary extinctions of species. Subsequent chapters examine causes of extinction, asteroid strikes, human evolution, and other examples of survival and adaptation. The author raises the possibility that we may currently be experiencing the sixth mass extinction, pushed by human impact on the environment.

This book is filled with hands-on activities, from making a fossil to examining how oceans are acidified (and the impact on shells). There's even a list of items to take on a (water) bear hunt. Additional features include text boxes that highlight fin facts; sidebars that provide definitions; and a series of species spotlights. What I really like: the last chapter lists concrete steps we can take to reduce human impact on our planet and slow the rate of species extinction.