Amazing Ants: Simple Sidewalk Science

Author: Butler, W. Barkley

Subjects: Science; Biology; Ants

Age: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-589-9

Order code: 5899

Price: $20.00

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Ants are an interesting and convenient introduction to science for young people who want to learn about the process of science and the design of scientific experiments, as well as those interested in biology. The author guides students through the process of developing a series of experiments with ants—one of the easiest live animals to acquire and use in a scientific setting. His instructions and explanations enable readers to understand the procedures that are the basis of the scientific method.

Amazing Ants is both an instruction book and a research notebook, and its approach aligns well with the Next Generation Science Standards. With a lifetime in science, both in research and teaching, Dr. Butler's aim is to show students that science is "a method of studying the world, rather than a collection of facts."

W. Barkley Butler is a biologist and Professor Emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that he was head of the Biochemistry Laboratory of the Michigan Cancer Foundation. He has had a lifelong fascination with nature and science.

Review: "Amazing Ants is an excellent resource that would benefit all those desiring to strengthen their understanding of scientific principles. Through an engaging examination of ants, the text focuses on the scientific process and how students can conduct experiments, analyze data, and disseminate results. The experiments themselves are clearly described and utilize commonly found items. Questions are not merely fill-in-the-blank, as many other science resources are; rather, they are thoughtful and require critical thinking and reflection. Detailed photos and graphs serve as a guide and ensure that researchers get the most out of the experiments. As the scientific process often yields conflicting or unexpected results, the inclusion of a chapter specifically addressing this possibility helps readers to view those results as an exciting opportunity rather than a failure. For those desiring to share their research findings, specific guidance is provided on how to do that. The inclusion of strong print and web-based resources strengthens the educational value of the book and encourages students to continue their scientific inquiry. As a nursing educator and homeschooling mother for 15 years, I highly recommend this book as an excellent way to study the scientific process!" – Lisa Firestine MSN, RN, homeschool parent

Ants are an interesting and convenient introduction to science for young people who want to learn about the process of science and the design of scientific experiments, as well as those interested in biology. The author guides students through the process of developing a series of experiments with ants—one of the easiest live animals to acquire and use in a scientific setting. His instructions and explanations enable readers to understand the procedures that are the basis of the scientific method.

Amazing Ants is both an instruction book and a research notebook, and its approach aligns well with the Next Generation Science Standards. With a lifetime in science, both in research and teaching, Dr. Butler's aim is to show students that science is "a method of studying the world, rather than a collection of facts."

W. Barkley Butler is a biologist and Professor Emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that he was head of the Biochemistry Laboratory of the Michigan Cancer Foundation. He has had a lifelong fascination with nature and science.

Review: "Amazing Ants is an excellent resource that would benefit all those desiring to strengthen their understanding of scientific principles. Through an engaging examination of ants, the text focuses on the scientific process and how students can conduct experiments, analyze data, and disseminate results. The experiments themselves are clearly described and utilize commonly found items. Questions are not merely fill-in-the-blank, as many other science resources are; rather, they are thoughtful and require critical thinking and reflection. Detailed photos and graphs serve as a guide and ensure that researchers get the most out of the experiments. As the scientific process often yields conflicting or unexpected results, the inclusion of a chapter specifically addressing this possibility helps readers to view those results as an exciting opportunity rather than a failure. For those desiring to share their research findings, specific guidance is provided on how to do that. The inclusion of strong print and web-based resources strengthens the educational value of the book and encourages students to continue their scientific inquiry. As a nursing educator and homeschooling mother for 15 years, I highly recommend this book as an excellent way to study the scientific process!" – Lisa Firestine MSN, RN, homeschool parent

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