Academic journal article Science Scope

The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea

Academic journal article Science Scope

The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea

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By Helaine Becker. 2012. 80 pp. $9.95. Kids Can Press. Tonawanda, NY. ISBN: 9781554537471. (Grades 3-7)

Children not only learn by doing but they retain more if they participate in hands-on activities. As you flip through this book, you will find activities that require only simple materials found at home.

Forty-one activities are each followed by a section called 'What's Going On?" that explains the science behind the activity and how it relates to ocean life or ocean events in that chapter.

The book is divided into three sections: Wet and Wild; Fun With Fish; and More Marine Marvels. Readers learn what the oceans hold in term of the living and non-living components, how the oceans work, how the oceans are changing today, and how anyone can help promote a healthy ocean for the future.

Embedded within some chapters are highlighted sections called "The Ocean at Risk" or "What's Happening Now." These sections contain a photo and description of some news event. For example, there is a photo of a scuba diver exploring the oyster beds of an oyster farm. The article relates that these beds had almost disappeared, but scientists now are seeking ways to prevent runoff from the shore to revive the health of these beds. This article appears in a chapter called "How Pearls Are Formed."

The artwork within the book is child friendly, with images that either reinforce the activity or highlight the chapter. …

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