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101 Great Science Experiments Hardcover – December 27, 2000

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-A colorful volume that is wide in scope but shallow in content. Ardley introduces many areas of science from electricity, to sound and music, to motion and machines. Each activity is given between half a page and two pages, and is illustrated with bright, full-color photographs that clearly show each step in the process. Two or three sentences summarize what takes place, but little of the science is explained. For instance, in "Fly a hot-air balloon" readers are told that hot air rises, but not why. The book does do a good job of presenting science as enjoyable and exciting. It could be useful if supplemented by titles such as Stephen P. Kramer's How to Think Like a Scientist (HarperCollins, 1987) and books on specific areas of interest, such as those found in the "Eyewitness Science" series.
Janet K. Hamilton, Museum of Science, Boston
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 3-5. Many of these 101 science experiments are great, but there's also plenty of standard fare, such bottle gardens, construction of a circuit, and the perennial erupting volcano. What makes this book special is the clean, simple format with equally simple instructions. The experiments are grouped into 11 categories, including water and liquids, electricity, motion and machines, and the senses. Most of the experiments are laid out in seven steps or less. Crisp, color photographs and concise captions make each step easy to follow. Children of various ages are shown performing many of the procedures. A warning about being a safe scientist is fairly inconspicuous on the verso of the title page; a symbol for adult supervision is described there and appears throughout the text where cutting, heating, and potentially harmful substances are required. Young scientists should find plenty of ideas for experiments and activities that can be done with ordinary household items and found materials. Denia Hester --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 12
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children; 1st edition (December 27, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789449218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789449214
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 8 year old daughter borrowed this book from the school library and my kitchen hasn't been the same ever since. She has turned into a regular scientist. This book is FULL of real life pictures and NOT drawings. It is a large size book so it is even easier for her to read. She made a thermometer with a clear shampoo bottle, water, food coloring, and a straw. When she witnessed the water rising and falling through the staw she started screaming,"I'm a genius, I'm a genius." This book is very kid friendly and shows how to do experiments step by step with a real life picture for each step. It even shows how to make a real camera with a paper towel tube, tussue box and magnifying glass. One of my favorite experiments is how to make your own flashlight with batteries, an empty bottle, aluminum foil, and a small bulb.
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The pictures in this book are wonderful, however, our success rate is 0.5 out of 4 for the experiments. I am sure many of the experiments will work, but not the ones we selected. Many of the experiments are quite elaborate, so unless your child is very ambititous, you will be doing quite alot of work.
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I bought this book for my 11-year-old granddaughter. We were both extremely pleased. I reviewed a lot of other science books before buying this one. I needed to make sure it wasn't too difficult OR too easy. I also wanted experiments that didn't require stuff she needed to go shopping for prior to doing the experiments. I sure made the right choice when I picked 101 Great Science Experiments!
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This is a big, colorful, fun science book. It is full of fun practical science demonstrations, many of which can be done with common household items. This book is at a level that young gradeschoolers can understand, and covers science topics as high as middle school levels. It covers eleven different areas from air and gases to motion and machines. I have done many of these projects with my children. I even used the "Make a Rainbow" demo from the Color section in my Sunday school class while teaching about Noah. This book is a great addition to a homeschool library.
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This is a great book for kids science experiments. My little girl is only 4, turning five soon, and as long as she has my help, this book is one of her favorites!
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I use this book a lot with my kids. The experiments are interesting and easy to do with common household materials. The pictoral step-by-step presentation of the experiments is helpful, as is the organization of the book, which makes it easy to find experiments on a given subject. I only wish it were longer!
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This book should be re-titled "100 Great Science Experiments" because the project we were most interested in was not included. The missing project, "Build a Haunted House" appears in the table of contents, directing the reader to Project 36 on page 44. It was not there. We consulted every page in the book to no avail. The rest of the experiments appear interesting enough, so we will keep it and try some of them. However, we were pretty disappointed that the project which caused us to purchase the book was mysteriously missing.
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I purchased this Science Experiment book for my 11 year old son. He just loves science. His school has yearly Science Fair Projects and the winner goes to compete against other schools. As soon as the Science Fair is over he begins looking and working on the project for the following year.

This book is a great help. It has many ideas, it has easy to read concise instructions that allows him to perform his own science experiments.
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