Academic journal article Science Scope

Chameleon Condos: Critters & Critical Thinking

Academic journal article Science Scope

Chameleon Condos: Critters & Critical Thinking

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by Craig Berg. 2011. 76 pp. $19.95.

Moose Moss

Press. Milwaukee, WI. ISBN: 9781936601035

This is the third edition of Chameleon Condos, presenting new teachers that 2-liter bottles can be used for more than just a classroom party. The book shows how the bottles can be changed into habitats for different critters. These assembled habitats are "furnished" with soil, sand, wood chips, branches, and the like to provide for long-term observation and experimentation.

Details about how to set up this habitat for ants, crickets, anoles and other animals are spelled out in the book. The habitats should be set-up by the instructor or aides who will be able to safely melt and cut the needed openings between the bottles and handle the silicon adhesive that binds them together.The book then explains how older students can assist the adult in the safer aspects of assembly. There are numerous diagrams giving specific instructions, but the most helpful illustrations are the photos of the habitats in use by students.The book also highlights how to properly care for the inhabitants of the "condos. …

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