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The Environment: Explore, Create and Investigate!

Quarto/QEB. (What On Earth?). Sept. 2020. 64p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780711250529.
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Gr 4-6–This short, cheerful, and colorful guide introduces environmental science to upper elementary students. The overall tone is upbeat and hopeful. Readers will learn about topics such as conservation, greenhouse gases, global warming, and endangered species without feeling overwhelmed by the information. Bright illustrations and manageable amounts of text make this title friendly and approachable for younger students. Each page is packed with color and drawings, adding to its appeal. There are four sections: defining the environment, examining human impact, recycling and reusing, and living local and thinking globally. Every section features crafts and experiments that can be completed using common supplies. The clear instructions allow children to create on their own, but some may need parental guidance.
VERDICT This book’s brevity and simplicity are best suited for upper elementary students. A beautiful addition to a classroom library, especially when teaching a science unit on the environment.

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