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Woods and forests
Martin, Patricia A. Fink, 1955-
Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [2000]

Physical Description:
143 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Provides instructions for projects and activities that explore forest habitats and demonstrate why they are valuable.
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QK938.F6 M335 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Science: Earth and Space Science Life Science Science as Inquiry Social Studies: People, Places, & Environments

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-This readable introduction offers budding biologists an impressive array of activities designed to increase their understanding and appreciation of these complex ecosystems through hands-on learning. Beginning with an explanation of tree structure and growth, the author goes on to characterize the relationship between trees and their environment and then to delve more deeply into ways of describing and measuring trees and the diverse life that surrounds them. The text concludes with a reflection on the past and future of our forests. Throughout the book, Martin offers detailed instructions for 13 investigations and 20 projects. They include looking at soil horizons, building bird boxes, collecting insects, and using microscopes to see tardigrades, microscopic water bears that live in droplets on lichen and moss. Black-and-white photos, diagrams, and drawings appear throughout. Simple sample data sheets highlight characteristics to look for in tree identification. Words in boldface are defined in an extensive glossary and instructions for making useful tools and equipment are appended. Sometimes the audience is unclear: after telling readers to measure 28 grams of leaves, the author warns that boiling water and its steam are hot. Some suggested equipment may be unfamiliar or available only to teachers. All of the activities would be within the capabilities of older middle school students who have some adult assistance and many high school students on their own. This book will be welcomed by science teachers and libraries supporting science-fair programs.-Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Chapter 1 Giants of the Plant Kingdom: The Wonder of Treesp. 19
Chapter 2 Bathed by the Air and Rooted in the Soil: Trees and Their Environmentp. 39
Chapter 3 A First Look at the Forest: Describing and Measuring the Woodsp. 52
Chapter 4 Oh, What a Tangled Web: The Ways of Life in the Forestp. 69
Chapter 5 Cycles and Flows: Functions of a Forest Ecosystemp. 91
Chapter 6 The Future of Our Forestsp. 104
Conclusionp. 114
Appendix Tools and Equipmentp. 116
Glossaryp. 130
For Further Informationp. 134
Indexp. 140