Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids: Her Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities and Experiments

October 31, 2020
Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids: Her Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities and Experiments

Rachel Carson was an American biologist, conservationist,science and nature writer, and catalyst of the modern environmentalmovement. She studied biology in college at a time when few womenentered the sciences, and then worked as a biologist andinformation specialist for the US government and wrote about thenatural world for many publications. Carson is best remembered forher book Silent Spring, which exposed the widespread misuse ofchemical pesticides in the United States and sparked both praiseand fury.Carson’s personal life and scientific career were rooted in thestudy of nature. Using examples from Carson’s life and works,Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids will introduce readers toecology concepts such as the components of ecosystems, adaptationsby living things, energy cycles, food chains and food webs, and thebalance of ecosystems. This lively biography includes a time line,resources, sidebars, and 21 hands-on activities that are sure toinspire the next generation of scientists, thinkers, leaders,agricultural producers, environmental activists, and worldcitizens. Kids will:Collect a seed bank of local plant speciesChart bird migration through their regionMake birdseed cookiesModel bioaccumulation and biomagnificationBuild a worm farmAnd more!