Reviewed by Sarah Haines
Science Education Professor
This book is a compilation of hands–on activities that children ages 6–9 can do outdoors to discover some of the wonders of nature that can only be observed at night.
Following a brief introduction to some basic Earth science concepts that explain "When and Why Is It Night?" the reader is led into a series of activities that each focus on a different concept and are related to the senses of sight, hearing, smell, and touch. In each chapter, science content is explained in kid–friendly language that sets the stage for the hands–on activities used to investigate the concepts outdoors. Some examples include creating a night garden, conducting a night light survey, and recording frog calls.
The activities would appeal to children in this age group and require minimal materials that would be found in most households. The book would be a good supplement to clasroom instruction, and the activities could be used to encourage parents to reinforce concepts learned at school by taking their children outdoors to enjoy an evening of science.
Review posted on 10/10/2012