From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-More than 40 experiments and investigations help readers explore the body systems. Each activity includes a list of the required supplies (all readily available), a step-by-step procedure, and a scientific explanation of the results. The activities range from simple (how to test the sense of smell) to more complex (calculating the amount of horsepower used to walk and then run up stairs). Many projects teach basic scientific concepts. Suggestions for "More Fun Stuff to Do" encourage children to broaden and/or refine their observations. Additional information is provided in sidebars. Safety instructions and precautions are included. Although some of the experiments can be found in other sources such as Janice VanCleave's The Human Body for Every Kid (Wiley, 1995), Wiese's clear and lively presentation will aid students seeking project ideas and intrigue budding scientists.Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH
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The author of numerous science activity books (most recently Magic Science
, 1998) offers this collection of demonstrations that illustrate scientific principles about the human body. The projects are arranged by system (nervous, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, muscular, skeletal, reproductive, and skin), and each project includes an introduction, a list of materials, procedural guidelines, and an explanation of the science involved. Numerous sidebars ("Science in Action" and "More Fun Stuff to Do") introduce related information and extension activities. Black line drawings appear on nearly every page, further clarifying details from the text. Introductory comments about the scientific method, references to adult help, and the appended glossary add to the book's appeal. A good choice for teachers hoping to perk up their science lessons or for kids searching for science fair projects. Kay WeismanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved