Synopses & Reviews
We all know you canand#8217;t eat a mud pie, but did you know that without the soil that makes up a mud pie, we wouldnand#8217;t have very much real food? We wouldnand#8217;t have several important medicines, either! Soil is a very important resource. We walk on it, play in it, build with it, grow our food in it, and get antibiotics from it. But what exactly is soil? What makes it so important? Can we survive without soil?
In Explore Soil! With 25 Great Projects, young readers learn what this substance is made of and how vital it is to our own lives. They look at how soil filters both the water we drink and the air we breathe, then follow the food supply chain from field to plate, exploring the relationships between environment, culture, food production, and health.
Activities such as exploring soil runoff, composting, and analyzing soil composition offer kids the chance to get their hands dirty and come face to face with the soil. The benefits of learning about soil health grow exponentially as young readers grow into responsible citizens and use their knowledge to make conscious decisions about soil use. Urbanization, pesticides, and crop exhaustion threaten the health of our soil. Explore Soil offers practical solutions to protect this important resource, and with it our source of food, access to antibiotics, and clean water and air.
Praise for Explore Soil! With 25 Great Projects
John Witz, Senior Corporate Geologist, Environmental Products and Services of Vermont
and#147; This is a and#145;must readand#8217; for preteens interested in understanding the planet we call home. Explore Soil! Is an easy to understand look at a complicated science. The projects kept my daughters intrigued and enthusiastic and the Keyword Prompts are an exciting touch.and#8221;
Claire Oand#8217;Connor, Policy Analyst with the Soil Health Team at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
and#147;This fun, informative book is a great introduction to one of our most precious, yet undervalued, resourcesand#151;our soil! Kids and adults alike will benefit from its lessons about the world beneath our feet.and#8221;
Other Books by Kathleen M. Reilly
Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects
Library Media Connections
This is an attractive presentation, easy to navigate, that encourages young readers to learn through text and experimentation." Recommended
"This should provide inspiration and insights into scientific exploration for students, teachers, and budding mad scientists.and#8221;
Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects
2014 Silver Moonbeam Award
"Propounding the emerging interdisciplinary paradigm of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics), Reilly helps foster an appreciation for the way that cities function almost as organisms with vibrant systems and interdependent structures."
School Library Journal
and#147;According to the 2010 Census, 80% of Americans live in urban areas. But do they know what it takes to make a city run? From this well-organized and engaging text, readers will learn how cities developed and grew. . . this is a worthy title for any library collection."
Explore Life Cycles! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments
Library Media Connection
"This book is a great tool for elementary and middle school teachers. . . Science teachers and anyone interested in science will find it a fun book to work with. Recommended"
Science Books and Films
". . . Children ages 6-10, especially those with a science bent, will respond to this title's kid-friendly layout. . . This book is good for parents when kids complain, 'I don't have anything to do.'"
". . . Early science books don't get too much better than this. This book will be welcomed by teachers as students study life cycles in their classroom as well as by parents who may have fun with the activities.
Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself
2008 Bronze Moonbeam Award
National Science Teachers Association
"This delightful and informative guide to the natural world is sure to captivate the attention of young readers. . ."
"Both comprehensive and approachable, this title in the Projects You Can Build Yourself series combines explanations of science concepts and environmental issues with hands-on projects. . ."
Curriculum Connections: School Library Journal
"Kathleen M. Reilly's Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself presents background material and easy-to-replicate activities that focus on the basic elements of the natural world and environmental issues. "
CLEAR Library Reviews and#151;RECOMMENDED
Soil! We walk on it, play in it, build with it, grow our food in it, and get antibiotics from it. But what exactly is soil? What makes it so important? Can we survive without it? In Explore Soil! With 25 Great Projects
, young readers learn how vital soil is to our lives. It filters the water we drink and the air we breathe, and most of the food we eat either grows in soil or subsists on plants that grow there. Soil is a very important part of our daily diet!
Activities such as exploring soil runoff, composting, and analyzing soil composition offer kids the chance to get their hands dirty while coming face to face with the study of soil. Kids learn concepts within the fields of life science and chemistry while discovering the dangers soil faces. Explore Soil offers fun, practical information about something kids already love: soil!
About the Author
Kathleen M. Reilly
is an award-winning writer and author of more than a dozen books, including several for Nomad Press: Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself
; Cities: Discover How They Work
; Energy: 25 Projects Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It;
and Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects
. She lives with her family in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Bryan Stone is a cartoonist and the illustrator of several books for Nomad Press including Explore Night Science!, Explore Flight!, Explore Rivers and Ponds!, Explore Rocks and Minerals!, Explore Electricity!, and Explore Money!. He lives in Hartland, Vermont.
Table of Contents
Intro: What Is Soil?
Chapter 1: Soil Filters the Air and Water
Chapter 2: Cures and Diseases in Soil
Chapter 3: The Meat You Eat
Chapter 4: From Farm to Plate
Chapter 5: Soil Gone Bad
Chapter 6: Recovering Soil