Reviewed by Thomas Brown
Project Earth Science: Meteorology is a terrific paperback that helps teachers involve their students in a variety of activities focused on meteorology. The book presents 19 different activities covering topics such the composition of the atmosphere, the water cycle, and cloud formation. These activities allow teachers to make the study of the atmosphere more relevant and interesting. Best of all, the authors provide all the tools that a teacher needs to use these activities in their classroom with easy to obtain and inexpensive materials.
The book’s structure helps the teacher to utilize each activity in order to maximize student learning. For each activity chapter, the authors provide a list of materials, the time needed to conduct the activity, and essential vocabulary that will be necessary for students to understand in order to master the concept being investigated. Each chapter provides both student and teacher pages to assist both novice and experienced teachers in using each activity. The student pages are easily reproduced, yet can still be adapted by teachers to meet their own needs. The teacher pages provide background information discussing the essential science concepts used by the activity as well as ideas for extended learning and differentiated learning.
Project Earth Science provides two additional sections that truly prove this book’s resource value. The second part of the book includes a series of readings to improve teacher preparation as well as provide more in depth material for students. These readings can be used to link the activities to contemporary issues in science such as global warming, ozone depletion, and acid rain. The final section provides an overview of additional resources that the teacher can use to allow further investigation of the activities’ different topics.
By providing so much valuable material between its covers, the authors have created a beneficial tool for any earth science teacher. The book will not only help students to improve their understanding of meteorology but will also facilitate their understanding of important issues in the field.
Review posted on 4/25/2012