Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
Anyone can become a scientist—even everyday people! This book represents four specific Citizen Scientists projects, one for each season. Beautiful photographs, how to prepare to participate in a project, examples of recording information, and real–world action scenarios invite the readers to participate in each project.
Butterflies, birds, ladybugs, and frogs are the topics for the author's recommendations. Each section includes 3 types of reading: a narrative story about students and their families participating in the project, clear directions on how to proceed, and an informational segment on the research that is being conducted in the area with vignettes of real researchers. There's a natural sequence in the readings from motivation to action. Great graphics include lists of what might be needed, photos of procedures in progress, and short, visual quizzes.
This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book provides everything an elementary or middle level teacher might need to begin Citizen Science in the school community, as well as websites to various organizations, glossary, index, and still more resources.
Review posted on 1/17/2013