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We see it in backyard gardens and beneath trees at the park. Farmers grow wheat, potatoes, and many other foods in it. And without it there would be no grassy lawns or fields for playing soccer and other games. What are we talking about? Soil! This new Science Slam! series takes a fresh look at the soil beneath our feet. What is soil made of and how do animals help make it? Why do most plants need soil to survive? And is there a difference between soil and dirt? Each of the five books in this series is expertly crafted to meet early elementary and science curriculum standards. Innovative, grade-appropriate activities and experiments, critical-thinking questions, and fascinating fact boxes will keep the pages turning and the pace lively and interactive. These features will also introduce children to two fundamental components of scientific inquiry--making observations and drawing inferences from those observations. And best of all, the activities are fun!

 
Title   ATOS Format Qty
Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil (5 titles)
Cover: Dirt or Soil--What's the Difference? Dirt or Soil--What's the Difference? 3.9
Cover: How Do Animals Help Make Soil? How Do Animals Help Make Soil? 4.1
Cover: Is All Soil the Same? Is All Soil the Same? 4.1
Cover: What's Soil Made Of? What's Soil Made Of? 4.0
Cover: Why Do Most Plants Need Soil? Why Do Most Plants Need Soil? 3.9
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
BISACS JNF051080
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2016
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil
Language English
Number of Pages 24
ISBN 9781627248327, 9781627248938, 9781627249539
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dimensions 10 x 8
 

Booklist Review - How Do Animals Help Make Soil?

Dirty is the perfect name for a series that will have kids wanting to head outside and see
some of the interesting points the books make about soil—what it is, how it’s formed, what it’s good for.
How Do Animals Help Make Soil? looks at the way creatures, from earthworms to sheep, add nutrients to
the soil; the work of decomposers such as dung beetles and microbes is shown as well. The books are
neatly laid out, with simple text captioning the many color photographs. A good gambit is used to get kids
to turn pages: each spread ends with a question. All of the books end with a science-lab feature that offers
simple experiments for budding scientists. Full of useful information, this series makes the most ordinary
of substances fascinating.

Booklist Review - Why Do Most Plants Need Soil?

Dirty is the perfect name for a series that will have kids wanting to head outside and see some of the interesting points the books make about soil—what it is, how it’s formed, what it’s good for.Why Do Plants Need Soil? details the nutrients plants get from the earth that allows them to grow. The books are neatly laid out, with simple text captioning the many color photographs. A good gambit is used to get kids to turn pages: each spread ends with a question. All of the books end with a science-lab feature that offers simple experiments for budding scientists. Full of useful information, this series makes the most ordinary of substances fascinating.

NSTA Recommends What's Soil Made Of?

Part of the series Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil, this book introduces young scientists to the components of soil. It starts by explaining clearly that a primary component of soil is the broken up pieces of the underlying rock layer in an area and how that rock is broken into small pieces. Then there is an introduction of the organic materials as soil components followed by the importance of air and water in the soil.

In the classroom the book creates high interest with clear pictures that illustrate the content. Beginning with a Table of Contents to guide the reader to the information they may be looking for, each section uses text and clearly labeled illustrations to develop key science concepts. Important words are bolded and then defined in the “Science Words” section using both pictures and text. There is a “Science Lab” section that suggests investigations that students can complete that focus on the content of the book. An index at the end of the book allows the reader to find specific places in the book where key ideas are presented.

As a part of your library, this book can be used as a tool for primary age students to begin doing research for reports or projects. In addition the “Science Labs” section contains some great ideas for both individual and class investigations. The investigations not only focus on doing, but also on the importance in science of recording and analyzing data.

NSTA Recommends Why Do Most Plants Need Soil?

Part of the series Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil, this book explores the importance of soil to most plants. Beginning with a short review of what soil is, this book looks at why soil is important to the survival of most plants. Soil provides an anchor for plants and a source of water nutrients that are so important for a plant’s health. The book also gives examples of plants that don’t make traditional use of soil with an introduction to epiphytes.

In the classroom the book creates high interest with clear pictures that illustrate the content. Beginning with a Table of Contents to guide the reader to the information they may be looking for, each section uses text and clearly labeled illustrations to develop key science concepts. Important words are bolded and then defined in the “Science Words” section using both pictures and text. There is a “Science Lab” section that suggests investigations that students can complete that focus on the content of the book. An index at the end of the book allows the reader to find specific places in the book where key ideas are presented.

As a part of your library, this book can be used as a tool for primary age students to begin doing research for reports or projects. In addition the “Science Labs” section contains some great ideas for both individual and class investigations. The investigations not only focus on doing, but also on the importance in science of recording and analyzing data.

NSTA Recommends Dirt or Soil--What's the Difference?

Part of the series Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil, this book helps young students to develop a clearer understanding of the differences between soil and dirt. The book provides an understandable definition for what soil is, how it is formed, and why it’s important to living things.

In the classroom the book creates high interest with clear pictures that illustrate the content. Beginning with a Table of Contents to guide the reader to the information they may be looking for, each section uses text and clearly labeled illustrations to develop key science concepts. Important words are bolded and then defined in the “Science Words” section using both pictures and text. There is a “Science Lab” section that suggests investigations that students can complete that focus on the content of the book. An index at the end of the book allows the reader to find specific places in the book where key ideas are presented.

As a part of your library, this book can be used as a tool for primary age students to begin doing research for reports or projects. In addition the “Science Labs” section contains some great ideas for both individual and class investigations. The investigations not only focus on doing, but also on the importance in science of recording and analyzing data.

NSTA Recommends How Do Animals Help Make Soil?

Part of the series Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil, this book explores that importance of animals in the formation of soil. The cycling of organic material back into the soil is the focus here. Starting with insects and worms helping to break down plant and other organic waste, the book moves on to bigger animals like wolves that are consumers that start the breaking down of larger animals into soil. We also learn about microbes that are too small to see without magnification and how they help break down organic material so that it becomes part of the soil.

In the classroom the book creates high interest with clear pictures that illustrate the content. Beginning with a Table of Contents to guide the reader to the information they may be looking for, each section uses text and clearly labeled illustrations to develop key science concepts. Important words are bolded and then defined in the “Science Words” section using both pictures and text. There is a “Science Lab” section that suggests investigations that students can complete that focus on the content of the book. An index at the end of the book allows the reader to find specific places in the book where key ideas are presented.

As a part of your library, this book can be used as a tool for primary age students to begin doing research for reports or projects. In addition the “Science Labs” section contains some great ideas for both individual and class investigations. The investigations not only focus on doing, but also on the importance in science of recording and analyzing data.

NSTA Recommends Is All Soil the Same?

Part of the series Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil, this book focuses the reader on the differences in soils. When young scientists think about soil, they may have a single image of the dark, black soil that they planted a seed in. Examples are used to explore several different soil types, including clay, volcanic, and peat, as well as the make up of the soil type and how it makes the soil look.

There is a discussion about the impact of how the soil is formed and how the properties of the different soils are important. For example, the book explains that the “super tiny” size of the rock bits in clay make it feel smooth and allow it to soak up a lot of water. This allows clay to become a material that can be molded and shaped. When it is heated, the clay can then be used as a building material.

In the classroom the book creates high interest with clear pictures that illustrate the content. Beginning with a Table of Contents to guide the reader to the information they may be looking for, each section uses text and clearly labeled illustrations to develop key science concepts. Important words are bolded and then defined in the Science Words section using both pictures and text. There is a Science Lab section that suggests investigations that students can complete that focus on the content of the book. An index at the end of the book allows the reader to find specific places in the book where key ideas are presented.

As a part of your library, this book can be used as a tool for primary age students to begin doing research for reports or projects. In addition the Science Labs section contains some great ideas for both individual and class investigations. The investigations not only focus on doing, but also on the importance in science of recording and analyzing data.

School Library Journal Review for Down & Dirty: The Secrets of Soil

What’s Soil Made Of? provides an overview of organic components, rock weathering, animals living in soil, and different types. Animals focuses on excretion and decomposing bodies and mentions how earthworms and larger animals loosen soil. Plants mentions vegetation that grows without soil but concentrates on how most receive nutrients through roots. Is All Soil the Same? notes variations such as clay, volcanic soil, and peat. Dirt or Soil focuses on a distinction in terminology that could be explained in a couple of sentences. Curiously, none of these offerings includes basic terminology such as topsoil or humus. There are many photos here, some of which appear in more than one volume, and the selections all conclude with an activity suggestion.

Index
Glossary of key words
Table of contents
Author/Illustrator biography
Full-color photographs