Animal Exploration Lab for Kids 52 Family-Friendly Activities for Learning about the Amazing Animal Kingdom

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  • Copyright: 2020-06-16
  • Publisher: Quarry Books

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Animal Exploration Lab for Kids is every young zoologist’s go-to guide to the wonderful world of animals.

This hands-on, interactive, family-friendly animal reference guide features fun activities designed to enhance your understanding of, and love for, the animal kingdom as you:
  • Explore the techniques that researchers use to study animals
  • Investigate the adaptations and behaviors that make animals so unique
  • Study how animals sense and respond to the world around them
  • Discover new ways to support and conserve your amazing animal neighbors
Practical experiments inspire observations of nature and the animals that surround us. For example, in Unit 1 you’ll use a trail camera to document animals around your home and in Unit 2, you’ll examine the usefulness of blubber in keeping polar animals warm. With this book you’ll not just learn about animal forms, functions, and behaviors, but also how to respect and care for them.

Each lab in the book is designed to help you build new knowledge and skills around animal science and are broken into the following sections:
  • Safety Tips & Helpful Hints provides additional guidelines and insights for successfully conducting each lab.
  • Procedure provides details about the individual steps in each lab so you’ll know just what to do.
  • Creative Enrichment helps you think about how to take your experiment even further.
  • The Science Behind the Fun provides a simple description of the science that supports the lab and other background information.
With Animal Exploration Lab for Kids, you don’t have to take a trip to the zoo to start learning about the animal kingdom.

The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.

Author Biography

Maggie Reinbold is Director of Community Engagement at San Diego Zoo Global, heading up a dynamic team dedicated to designing and implementing programs that connect communities to conservation for the benefit of wildlife and habitats. She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Biology at Miami University, where she teaches the Earth Expedition to the Big Island of Hawaii. Maggie earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biology at San Diego State University, with a focus on the population genetics of desert aquatic insects across the Baja California Peninsula. She has taught science in a number of formal and informal settings, including the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Natural History Museum, Cardiff Elementary School, and San Diego State University. As an National Science Foundation science fellow, she co-taught hands-on science with classroom teachers across San Diego County and also spent several seasons in Arctic Alaska, bringing hands-on science education to unique and underserved communities on the North Slope. She is the co-author of Drawing Wild Animals and author of Animal Exploration Lab for Kids. She lives in Poway, California.

Table of Contents

Unit 01
Lab 01: Animals All Around Us
Lab 02: Classifying Animals
Lab 03: Productive Pitfalls
Lab 04: Caught on Camera
Lab 05: Catching Tracks
Lab 06: Listening In
Lab 07: Behavior Inventory
Unit 02
Lab 08: Our Amazing Opposable Thumb
Lab 09: A Beak for Every Meal
Lab 10: Multitasking Trunk
Lab 11: Captivating Camouflage
Lab 12: Cool Colors
Lab 13: The Great Blubber Challenge
Unit 03
Lab 14: Hibernation Heart Rate
Lab 15: Standing Guard
Lab 16: Make an Impression
Lab 17: Silk Hunters
Lab 18: Desert Shade Lovers
Lab 19: Beaver Builders
Lab 20: Playing Tricks
Unit 04
Lab 21: Seeing with Sound
Lab 22: On the Scent Trail
Lab 23: Good Vibrations
Lab 24: Feeling for Food
Lab 25: Taste Testers
Lab 26: Terrific Tongues
Lab 27: Extraordinary Senses
Unit 05
Lab 28: Walking the Walk
Lab 29: Let’s Jump!
Lab 30: Cheetah Challenger
Lab 31: Swim Study
Lab 32: Swimmer’s Challenge
Lab 33: The Wonders of Wings
Lab 34: Build Your Own Flying Squirrel
Unit 06
Lab 35: Success in Numbers
Lab 36: The Perfect Nest
Lab 37: The Magnificent Egg
Lab 38: Alligator Incubator
Lab 39: Baby on Board
Lab 40: More Mouths to Feed
Unit 07
Lab 41: Nighttime Animal Search
Lab 42: Calling All Owls
Lab 43: Picky Bird Beaks
Lab 44: Bringing Up Butterflies
Lab 45: Talking with Frogs
Lab 46: Build Your Own Field Guide
Unit 08
Lab 41: Nighttime Animal Search
Lab 42: Calling All Owls
Lab 43: Picky Bird Beaks
Lab 44: Bringing Up Butterflies
Lab 45: Talking with Frogs
Lab 46: Build Your Own Field Guide
Taking Conservation Action
About the Author
About the Photographer

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