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Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard Hardcover – February 14, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1050L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805090622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805090628
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Defining citizen science as “the study of the world by the people who live in it,” Burns encourages children to try four activities, one for each season. In the fall, volunteers can tag monarch butterflies with stickers that help scientists track their migration. Winter brings opportunities for bird-watching and, in particular, the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. The chapter on spring frog monitoring describes a middle-school field trip that discovered many frogs with deformities and sparked an investigation by scientists. The summer project involves finding ladybugs, photographing them, and submitting information to the Lost Ladybug Project. Throughout this handsome volume, exceptionally clear color photos illustrate the animals mentioned and the adults and children observing them. Though occasionally the book seems better suited to parents and teachers than to kids, the text is clearly written and the idea of promoting science as a rewarding, hands-on activity is a powerful one. Another engaging book from Burns and Harasimowicz, who collaborated on Hive Detectives (2010). Grades 3-6. --Carolyn Phelan

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"Whether they live in a city, in the suburbs, or on a farm, children can feel the excitement of being involved in real science."--Science

“…engaging…”--School Library Journal, starred

“...provides instruction for children interested in joining hands-on research efforts and highlights the contributions children have made in studying monarch butterflies, birds, ladybugs, and frogs.”--The Boston Globe

“Burns brings much-deserved attention to four remarkable scientific projects that enlist regular people in data collection.” --Horn Book

"For curious children and teachers alike, this is an ideal introduction to science activities that leave no child inside."--Kirkus

 
“Throughout this handsome volume, exceptionally clear color photos illustrate the animals mentioned and the adults and children observing them.” --Booklist

 

 

Honors for Tracking Trash:
 
ALA Notable Books for Children
School Library Journal, starred review
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor, Nonfiction
Orbis Pictus Recommended Books (NCTE)
IRA Children’s Book Award, Nonfiction
Favorably reviewed in The New York Times (10/14/2007)
Favorably reviewed in The Los Angeles Times (9/23/2007)
 
Honors for Hive Detectives:
 
ALA Notable Books for Children
Booklist, starred review
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Junior Library Guild Selection
AAAS/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books Finalist

 


More About the Author

I write books about science for young people. From an oceanographer who tracks plastic ducks through the world ocean to an entomologist who studied mason bees in his backyard to an astronomer who spent her life puzzling over ground drawings in the desert of Peru, the scientists I meet every day -- in person or through my research -- are fascinating and passionate people. I love sharing their stories through my books.

I live and work online at www.loreeburns.com; stop by for a visit sometime!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Settlesome on August 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What I really love about this book is that it truly does what it says it will - engages kids as scientists/biologists in data collection about various creatures -- frogs, monarch butterflies, ladybeetles, and birds. Kids can actively gather data about animals, using both sight and sound, and contribute that data to actual ongoing national scientific projects. (In addition to being accessible and not daunting, the projects are inspiring about the impact that one person or group can have on the world.) Such great messages for kids! Learning experiences are embedded throughout -- for example, kids need to gather (or have an adult help gather) latitude and longitude for the beetle that they've captured. Having a context for such a "big" concept can really support classroom learning. I also like that the creatures are generally accessible to most kids (as long as they have a yard or green space nearby). Lastly, the book is absolutely stunning, with excellent and inspiring photographs showing kids engaged in the activities. We will use this for years to come!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Tonge on May 23, 2012
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I have read this book cover to cover and studied the captivating photos. This is a must on your cocktail table and on the family bookshelves. Cudos to Loree and Ellen!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sterling Librarian on March 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love that this book is so kid friendly. It features four projects--one for each season of the year--and includes sections written in the second person point of view, so kids will know it's for them. The book has plenty of examples of kids participating in citizen science projects and tips for how readers can get involved in the projects themselves. I just know this book will convert tons of kids into citizen scientists, and later, into adults who care for and protect the natural world.
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By Annette Lamb on December 4, 2014
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CITIZEN SCIENTISTS: BE A PART OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY FROM YOUR OWN BACKYARD by Loree Griffin Burns is an important book because it shows how everyday people can play an important role in science. With a growing emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) in schools, this book serves as an excellent bridge between theory and practice showing how individuals can have an impact on science.

Use this book to kickstart participation in the many national and international projects discussed in the book including bird counts and other nature observations.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karl Hakkarainen on March 7, 2013
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We can't wait for spring to begin counting frogs. I've recommended this book to several educators and parents as a great way to bring science home.
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