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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

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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Bought this for younger kids in the family, but read it first and was amazed at all that nature can provide us if we just look closely in our own surroundings. It opened my eyes to science around me.
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Although we didn't read this book, our grandson did and enjoyed it immensely. The book's focus is on what every perceptive child might witness in a walk around the yard. For example, last week I saw a new "rock" in my lawn, but closer examination revealed that the rock was a large female turtle laying eggs. What an adventure had my grandson been with me.
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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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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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Citizen science is `the study of our world by the people who live in it" which means YOU! Kids are drawn to nature and what better place for them to learn about the science all around them. I love when my kids are out exploring and learning with a hands on approach. This book is fascinating in opening up my young ones eyes to the variety of nature that is in their own backyard during each season of the year.
Spring frogging entices kids to use their senses to listen for the different sounds of various frogs, including a list of common frogs and what their voice sounds like. Meet an amphibian monitor who tracks frogs!
Summer Ladybugging shows us citizens that there are 70 varieties of ladybugs! Amazing details as your young one and you go and explore for ladybugs and learn about them with this book.
Fall spends time looking at butterflies and specifically monarch butterflies and their uniqueness.
Winter is for the birds, or at least watching and recording the ones that happen to be around still in your winter backyard.
Fantastic photos keep the interest of young and old alike as well as show details that you may not see if you don't get close up.
Resources in the back of the book provide additional places to research if you want to delve deeper into one of the seasons.
I highly recommend this book for homeschoolers, fantastic focus on one animal group each season and works great for elementary students.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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CITIZEN SCIENTISTS is a beautiful book that includes great photos and nature adventures for each season of the year. The writing is very descriptive and perfect for curious kids who are anxious to explore the world around them. Since I love butterflies and hand-raise them, I am impressed with how the author goes into great detail on how to properly net-capture and handle these creatures, so people can learn from them without causing harm.
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