Synopses & Reviews
Do you know what would happen if the Earth's atmosphere suddenly disappeared? Deprived of oxygen and bombarded by ultraviolet radiation, our bodies would swell, our blood would boil, and our eardrums would explode. Is there a kid on the planet who wouldn't think that information was just too cool for words?
As a homeschooling mom (with a Ph.D. in microbiology), author Rebecca Rupp learned first-hand that kids respond best to scientific information when it is presented in a way that is fun, lively, and off-beat. Rupp's approach is as much fun for grownups as it is for kids. Who doesn't want to know whether the flapping of a butterfly's wings can eventually set off a tornado? Or why snow that fell white turned pink on the ground? Or that the Hindenberg exploded after lightning ignited the flammable paint on the zeppelin's outer cover? Bursting with the kinds of ideas, facts, statistics, and explanations that kids find irresistible, Weather! is the ultimate book for every budding meteorologist.
Sample experiments and projects from Weather!:
Start a Tornado in a Bottle
Make Your Own Compass
Set Off Lightning on a Plate
Make Your Own Hygrometer
Become a Real Rainmaker
Whip Up a Batch of Atmosphere in a Pan
"...nurtures students' interest in meteorology..." - NSTA reports
Start a tornado in a bottle, make your own rain, and set off lightning on a plate Rebecca Rupp nurtures budding meteorologists by combining impeccable science, 20 exciting hands-on experiments, and mind-boggling facts in this exciting book that will inspire kids to explore the fascinating world of weather. Learn how the earth s atmosphere keeps our eardrums from exploding, how rainbows work, and why snow can sometimes turn pink. Creating young weather experts while encouraging curiosity and experimentation, Weather is a perfect storm of educational fun."
Bursting with ideas, facts, statistics, and explanations about weather that kids find irresistible, this guide contains full-color photos from NASA of weather phenomena, exciting experiments, and projects for the budding meteorologist.
About the Author
Rebecca Rupp has a Ph.D. is in cell biology and biochemistry. She has written over 200 articles for national magazines and over a dozen award-winning books, both for children and adults, among them Red Oaks and Black Birches: The Science and Lore of Trees, Committed to Memory: How We Remember and Why We Forget
, and Four Elements: Water, Air, Fire, and Earth
. She is the resource editor for Home Education Magazine
, a contributing editor to GreenPrints
, and an educational consultant to the Vermont Center for the Book.
She likes used-book stores, coffee, fountain pens, kayaking, gardening, the New Scientist, the New York Review of Books, and Vermont, which is where she is from.
She is very good about eating her vegetables.