Nomad Press has sent us two copies of Explore Rocks and Minerals! - and one of them is, of course, for one of you.
Here's what the publisher has to say about the book:
Have you ever wondered what those sparkly specks in the piece of gravel in your driveway might be? Or why some crystals grow so big? In Explore Rocks and Minerals! kids can try activities that will help them figure out the answers, from testing minerals and making crystals, to making yummy models of the earth and volcanic meringue cookies. Explore Rocks and Minerals! presents an in-depth discussion of how minerals form, teaching readers ages 6–9 all about some of the most interesting and most common minerals. It also explores how and why the earth changes, including the rock cycles of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.
The book introduces kids to fossils and what they tell us about the past, and how to start their own collections of rocks, minerals, and fossils. Sidebars about people in geology, such as a kid who helped discover a new kind of dinosaur, or a geologist who proposed a theory that no one else believed for a long time, help kids see the human side of geology. Kids can read about researchers who use cornstarch and water to learn more about how volcanic rocks form six-sided columns, then try exactly the same experiment themselves. Students and teachers can try the experiments and read through the book systematically to get the big picture, or they can pick out projects to try in any order.
We are just barely starting the book, so we cannot tell you a lot about it from our perspective--but we greatly enjoyed sharing our finds and excitement with you for FOOD - 25 Amazing Projects, so we'll do it that way again!
We'll keep the give-away open for probably about three weeks-- we'll let you know toward the end when we'll be closing it.
If you'd like to be entered for the drawing, here are the (same as usual) particulars--
- one entry for leaving a comment
- another entry if you are or become a follower
- an extra entry if you blog or tweet or post on facebook.
- You don't need to enter more than once - just say in your original entry if you're a follower (new or old - doesn't matter!), and if you have announced it elsewhere.
And wait!-- Don't forget to enter here for a beautiful set of the wooden block stilts made by Craftmatter! (Open to U.S. and Canada addresses, and they'll arrive in time for the holidays!)