All kids know something about the climate: If it’s hot and sunny, it’s time to go swimming, and if it’s snowing, that means school is closed! But do they know about the 10 climate zones on Earth, and that humans are the only animals that can survive in any climate? From camels that can store 30 gallons of water in their humps to turtles that produce their own antifreeze, kids will learn about the amazing ways animals have adapted to survive in harsh climates.
The climate, for kids, is explained simply and concisely in ways that will teach them just how fragile are the natural systems that make Earth habitable. They'll find out why the U.S. is the biggest contributor of greenhouse gasses that negatively affect the climate. For kids, understanding the role we play in affecting climate can be a real eye-opener – and it may inspire them to try a simple experiment to learn more about the Greenhouse Effect. Kids will also be fascinated by discussions of how history has been influenced by weather patterns: Who knew that looking at cypress tree rings, which show evidence of drought, could yield insights into why the first two American settlements foundered?