Build a Rain Barrel

Cover: Build a Rain Barrel Spread: Build a Rain Barrel

Introduces the importance of water conservation and explainshow to build an efficient rainwater storage container.Additional features to aid comprehension include detailed step-by-step illustrations, a clear list of materials, informative captions and callouts, fast facts, suggestions on how kids can make a difference, project tips and possible alterations, a table of contents,a phonetic glossary, sources for further research, and introductions tothe author and illustrator.

Table of Contents

  • Everyone Needs Water
  • Good for Plants
  • Good for People
  • Building a Rain Barrel
  • Glossary
  • To Learn More
  • Index



  • Dewey: 553.7
  • Graphics: Full-color photographs, 1-color illustrations
  • Reinforced book (9781503807877): 9.5 x 8, 24 pages, © 2017
  • Hosted ebook (9781503814738): 9.5 x 8, 24 pages, © 2017
  • Subject: High Interest
  • Series: Earth-Friendly Projects


  • Suggested Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 3
  • Lexile® Measure: 540
  • Guided Reading Level: P

BISAC Subjects


A Review of "Earth-Friendly Projects" in School Library Connection

Elementary students will enjoy reading and constructing the environmentally friendly projects featured in this series of short, colorful chapter books. In Build a Weather Station, young investigators discover the variables weather forecasters use to measure and describe weather and the instruments used to record conditions. Subsequent chapters discuss reasons why people need to know about changes in weather conditions, describe the job of meteorologists, and provide lists of materials needed to construct a weather station complete with wind vane, anemometer, barometer, and rain gauge. Simple step-by-step instructions outline the process of making each device, and illustrations and diagrams highlight the directions. This project will enable young scientists to begin measuring climate conditions themselves and make weather science a hands-on learning experience. While this project is easy for students to construct themselves, some of the other projects in the series will need adult assistance. This series is an excellent addition to school libraries where STEM is a curriculum focus. Glossary. Index. Websites.


Author: Sally McGraw

Sally McGraw is a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, blogger, and author. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two goofy cats.

Illustrator: Roger Stewart

Roger Stewart has been an artist and illustrator for more than 30 years. His first job involved drawing aircraft parts. Since then, he has worked in advertising, design, film, and publishing. Roger has lived in London, England, and Sydney, Australia, but he now lives on the southern coast of England.


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