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8249-5584-7 (hc & DVD); Leo, ISBN 978- 0-8249-1817-0 (hc & DVD), 32 pp. each, US$10.39 each from Smart Kidz Media, <>.


the City Engineering the City: How Infrastructure Works, Projects and Principles for Beginners offers teachers and children aged 9-12

simple explanations and activities to understand the history and function of many elements of modern urban infrastructure, including aqueducts and canals, roads, bridges and sewage systems. Each chapter includes hands on activities and experiments which can be performed using plain house- hold items. Authors Matthys Levy and Richard Panchyk provide simple to read text in large type, accompanied by basic but illustrative line draw- ings which depict both concepts and activities. The final three chapters on sewage, garbage, and pollution demonstrate how infrastructure has both facilitated and attempted to deal with negative environmental impacts in urban areas. The book’s glossary, bibliography, and index will be helpful when students are doing independent research and/or designing their own infrastructure. – (GJ)

Chicago Review Press, 2000, ISBN 1-55652-419-6 (pb), 129 pp, US$14.95 from Independent Publishers Group, (800) 888-4741, <>.

Climate Change from

Pole to Pole Climate Change from Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations is a lesson book which demon-

strates connections between climate change and biological processes on Earth. By connecting climate science, the effects of climate change and the scientific method, this book is an excel- lent resource for high school science classrooms. Part I of the book provides background information on climate change including the scientific basics of how Earth’s climate is regulated,

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the general effects of climate on the planet’s biology, and the scientific processes by which climate change and its effects are determined. Part II of the book offers six case studies, each of which allows students to display and interpret actual data to form their own hypotheses about how climate change is affecting various forms of life on Earth. Studies include declining populations of Adélie penguins in Ant- arctica and polar bears in the Canadian Arctic, the positive effect that wolves in Wyoming have on climate change and the effect of climate change on pollen allergies in the Northern Hemisphere. Each case study is organized into a les- son with specific teacher procedures, and includes blackline student hand- outs. Also included is a chart which outlines the specific scientific literacy skills that each case study develops (and connections to the National Sci- ence Education Standards), level of difficulty and classroom time. – (GJ)

NSTA press (National Science Teachers Association), 2008, ISBN 978-1-933531-23- 6, 238 pp (pb), US$23.96 (NTSA members) /$29.95 (nonmembers); E-Book+Print Book Bundle: US$31.15 (NTSA members)/$38.94 (nonmembers); E-Book: US$19.47 (NTSA members)/$22.46 (nonmembers) from NSTA Press, (800) 277-5300, <>.

Western Soundscapes Archive The Western Soundscapes Archive is a website featuring recordings of more than 570 differentWestern U.S. bird species, sounds from all of the region’s frogs and toads, plus dozens of reptiles and more than 100 differ- ent types of mammals, contributed by volunteers, state and federal agencies, and conservation groups.While most nature learning materials offer only visuals, this website is likely to pique the interest of auditory learners at different grade levels. As each sound is accompanied by full taxonomic classification of the species, and the website is searchable/browsable by kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and scientific name, teachers and students may find this a useful research tool for group or independent biology projects. Scientist interviews allow students to learn more about the species involved, and gain exposure to scientific practice in field research. Annotated sound spectrograms could offer useful learning material for higher level research projects. The website also includes instructions and handouts for a “bingo” type game for


grade 4 students in which they use the website to listen to and classify the sounds of animals from Utah and other western states. – (GJ)

University of Utah Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2007-2011, <www.>.

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