The Science of Weather and Climate: Rain, Sleet, and the Rising Tide

Nomad. (Inquire and Investigate). Jan. 2020. 128p. Tr $22.95. ISBN 9781619308473; pap. $17.95. ISBN 9781619308503.
Gr 6-9–Weather patterns, extreme weather, weather prediction, and climate are all presented for student research and general interest in this wonderfully written book. Each chapter focuses on the atmospheric science of meteorology and climatology behind each topic, such as air pressure’s effect on temperature and rainfall. A short comic introduces each chapter, and contains informative sidebars and QR codes that link to further research online. Questions and exercises that encourage students to think further about the topic and learn through hands-on activities conclude each chapter. The book relays information in a straightforward manner, avoiding editorial histrionics. Almost every page contains color photos or illustrations that support the text nicely. A table of contents, time line, index, thorough glossary, metric conversion table, and a list of further resources are included. Students will enjoy using the QR codes to connect to online resources, though the codes may become outdated when websites are updated. Teachers will find the online offerings to be a great extension of their science lessons, and students will find them useful for report writing.
VERDICT Thorough and accessible content work together to form a great resource for student research and curriculum development.

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