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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579904785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579904784
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8 - Fifty experiments in biology, the physical sciences, and chemistry are presented in an attractive and easy-to-follow format and illustrated with sharp photographs of children and of the materials needed. One of the book's strengths is the first chapter about choosing and doing a project. Ideas include checking out the validity of horoscopes, mummifying fish, testing the effectiveness of sunscreens, and testing spray-on water repellents. Students are shown how to create their own equipment whenever possible, although some of the experiments require purchase of materials. Adult assistance is indicated when necessary. Extensions of experiments are suggested in sections titled "What Else You Can Do." Each project includes an open-ended question, a list of supplies, and step-by-step instructions. The spacious format is several cuts above average for this kind of book. This title adds to Rhatigan and Heather Smith's Sure-to-Win Science Fair Projects (Lark, 2001) and may even entice reluctant students to try more challenging projects. - Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH
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Gr. 5-8. The authors approach the often-humdrum topic of science fair projects with energy, enthusiasm, and even humor. If even one of those qualities is infectious, students will be off to a good start. The excellent introduction offers advice and encouragement as well as structure for choosing a topic and using the scientific method. Divided into sections on biology, physical science, and chemistry, the dozens of projects help kids answer such questions as "How does being on a cell phone affect motor skills and reaction time?" (tested with a car-driving video game) and "Which cereals have the most iron?" Clear, colorful drawings, diagrams, and photos illustrate the text. Safety warnings are usually present: children are advised to ask for an adult's assistance with using a drill to make holes in a metal can, but not for using a craft knife to cut a slit in a plastic bottle. Libraries looking for child-friendly project books will find this one of the most upbeat, engaging, and practical collections of middle-school science fair projects available. Carolyn Phelan
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He picked one of the simpler projects.
mallen
I highly recommend buying this book for any child who is interested in doing a Science Fair project or wants to simply have fun learning about simple science.
Andrea Polk
It does a good job describing the process of doing a science project.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Polk TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I stumbled upon this book in a local store and got the chance to look it over before I bought it. It took me less than 20 seconds to decide: "This is a GREAT book!" and buy it.

Prize-Winning Science Fair Projects for Curious Kids is a wonderful resource for elementary school (4th/5th grade students) science fair projects because the book is fun and engaging. Project names like "Bow-Wow Blood Pressure" and "Yeast Feast" catch your child's eye and then grab their attention. That spark of interest catches fire and you're off to the Science Fair with a great project that was fun to do.

The first part of the book talks about science fairs. What the judges are looking for, how to be successful with your project, an 8-week checklist, what is a 'scientific method' of research, how to turn a topic into a question and how to write a good report. Graphs and tables are discussed, and examples of each are shown. LOTS of good, clear information for both students and their advisors.

The next part of the book is all about the 52 projects in the book.

-Biology (20 projects)with titles such as "Moldy Slices of Life" and "Pooch Smooch".

-Physical Science (18 projects) with titles including "Parachute Power" and "Popcorn Fever".

-Chemistry (15 projects) including "Shake It Up Baby!" and "Yeast Feast".

Each project clearly outlines the problem or question to be answered by the experiment, experiment summary, what you need for the experiment, experimental procedure, how to formulate your conclusion, display tips and thought-provoking questions for varying the experiment. Fun photographs and drawings accompany the information which is laid out in way that's easy to read and understand.

I highly recommend buying this book for any child who is interested in doing a Science Fair project or wants to simply have fun learning about simple science.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By virginiaamazonmom on January 7, 2008
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As soon as this book arrived from Amazon, my fifth grade son started reading it just for fun and telling me about the "cool" experiments he could do for this year's school science fair. The book is full of kid-engaging ideas e.g., whether dog saliva or human saliva has more germs; how talking on a cell phone affects performance on a car driving video game. It's also got lots of colorful photos and clear kid-friendly descriptions of the necessary materials and procedures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on October 8, 2009
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This book is great! It has a wide range of science projects from testing the accuracy of horoscopes to comparing the bacterial content of dog v. human mouths. All experiments can be done with inexpensive and readily available materials (some of them may need to be purchased, such as an agar plate for growing bacteria, but are available on Amazon.com ;-). The book has an excellent introductory section on how to design a good experiment and how to effectively present your experiment at a science fair.
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By mallen on April 11, 2012
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This was very helpful when my son and I were working on his science fair project; great suggestions; there was a wide variety of projects that were appropriate for his age--he is 8 and in second grade. He picked one of the simpler projects. It was something that was easy to understand, he was able to do it himself. The book helped us organize his board. He won second place and he was thrilled. He felt like quite the accomplished scientist. This is a great buy for elementary school kids!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Minnie BookLover on February 11, 2008
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My 5th grader was very excited about most of the projects in this book and settled on the one that required a friendly dog since we have three of those. The instructions are easy and the projects are not run of the mill. I would recommend.
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By A Jones on January 23, 2013
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Color photos, detailed information, easy to follow instructions for my 4th grader. Superior to other books I purchased about the same topic. If I could go back in time, this one is the only one I would buy.
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More About the Author

Joe Rhatigan is the author of nearly twenty books for children and adults, including White House Kids, Don't Unravel When You Travel, Bizarre History, and Out-of-This-World Astronomy. Joe's a freelance editor and writer living in Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife, three kids, and cat.

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