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Children's Nonfiction Experiments & Projects

Dirty Science: 25 Experiments with Soil

25 Experiments with Soil

by (author) Shar Levine & Leslie Johnstone

illustrated by Lorenzo Del Bianco

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2013
Experiments & Projects, Rocks & Minerals
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2013
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 2 to 6


Go on . . . get dirty!

Think that the dirt beneath your feet is boring? Wrong! There's more to dirt than, well, dirt. In fact, don't call it dirt to a scientist — it's soil! Soil can tell you a lot about where you live and what's going on behind, or beneath, the scenes. Learn how to make a Berlese funnel that brings out tiny unseen bugs in soil; learn the differences between various soils; even change a blue hydrangea to a pink one! Is it magic? Nope . . . it's science!

With the fun, easy experiments and lively illustrations that readers have come to expect from the team behind Scary Science: 25 Creepy Experiments and Snowy Science: 25 Cool Experiments, budding scientists will discover all the fun things you can do with dirt, all while learning about the ground beneath their feet!

About the authors

Shar Levine is an award-winning, bestselling Canadian children's author who has written over 55 books and kits. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, but you can visit her at

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Leslie Johnstone holds a Masters in Education specializing in Curriculum Developmen. She co-authored the award-winning, Backyard Science. Leslie lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Leslie Johnstone's profile page

Lorenzo Del Bianco's profile page


  • Winner, Outstanding Youth Book, Canadian Science Writers' Association

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Scary Science: 25 Creepy Experiments:

"[A] perfect example of how a love of reading can be fostered with non-fiction materials." —Resource Links

"'Dynamic duo' is a an expression that has commonly been associated with Batman and Robin, but, in the science literature for children and adolescents, it could just as well describe Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone who are the co-authors of more than 55 creative and engaging books promoting science." —CM Magazine

"It also helps girls and boys to see that science can be interesting, and that scientific experiments can answer questions and be exciting too." —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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