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Creepy Crawlies and the Scientific Method: More Than 100 Hands-On Science Experiments for Children Paperback – April 6, 1993
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That's why this is hands-down my favorite book of science experiments for kids - it's filled with *real* experiments, with hypotheses, variables, lab sheets, etc., as opposed to the "demonstrations" in most science books for kids. Forget the baking-soda-&-vinegar fake volcano, your kids can do real research to discover if crickets prefer damp or dry substrates, dark cardboard houses or light ones, hides with one entrance or two. How often do ant lions change the location of their pit? Are hungry ant lions more likely to change locations or stay put? Will mantises molt sooner if they are kept warmer? What if they're fed more? Does darkness affect the reproduction of fruit flies? Will slime mold really crawl over the side of a petri dish to get to an oatmeal flake???
These are just a few of the 100+ experiments in this book, which also includes detailed information about catching, housing, feeding, and maintaining your critters. Most of the supplies are things you would have lying around the house, and most of the experimental "subjects" are critters you would find in your backyard. Highly recommended for parents, teachers, homeschoolers, and anyone who likes studying "creepy crawlies."
More than finding and experimenting, Dr. Kneidel stresses environmental responsibility. She urges children and adults alike to respect nature, to be kind and humane, and to release our test subjects once we’ve observed them. Do no harm isn’t just part of a doctor’s oath; we all need to remember and take this mantra to heart. We share the planet with “creepy crawlies”, but what do we know about them? Dr. Kneidel knows a lot, and that’s why we need to listen to her.
Written more for adults that work with or enjoy kids in their lives, Creepy Crawlies and the Scientific Method has extensive profiles on various “critters”: bugs and insects – to give adults and children alike a background from which to work. She outlines the five steps of the scientific method: question, hypothesis, methods, result, and conclusion, and provides activities and questions that will stimulate fun and creative thinking among kids. Beautiful photographs and in-depth descriptions of various critters, including different appearances at different life stages, make this book a hugely valuable resource for any STEM library. Bring this book to your backyard, the park, or on vacation to learn science and have a great time doing it.
Now if you saw creepy crawlies like those Madagascar hissing roaches in your classroom, you probably wouldn’t be at all surprised. There are a ton of things you can learn about bugs and critters of all sorts. Many kids have heard about black swallowtail butterflies and may have even read a book about raising them, but how about bessbugs? No, not bedbugs, bessbugs. They really are beautiful and are “sometimes called patent-leather beetles because they’re shiny jet-black like patent leather.”
Collecting critters is one thing, but there are so many things that can be learned from them and about them. Chances are you don’t live in an area where you can forage for Madagascar hissing roaches, but you might be able to find some bessbugs under a rock or rotting log. Of course if you’re a city-dweller, there’s always the option of ordering many of the creepy crawlies discussed in this book. Before you even begin, you’ll learn all about the scientific method in order to prepare yourself for your journey as a junior scientist.
Once you’ve got the scientific method down pat and understand the difference between it and a simple activity, you’re good to go. You’ll learn proper eco-friendly, ways to attract and collect your critter of choice. In this book you’ll not only learn about experiments, but also many facts about those creepy crawlies that co-exist with us. You can select from millipedes, butterflies, aphids, spiders, beetles, and yes, those Madagascar hissing roaches. Do you think a bessbug can learn to travel through a maze? You’ll just have to run an experiment using the scientific method to find out!
This is an amazing hands-on book of science experiments children will love. I’ve read several books that have included some science experiments, but none quite as thorough and fun as this one. Sally Kneidel certainly knows from her work in a classroom and in the field what helps students learn. The introductory chapters introduce students to the scientific method and ways to attract and maintain them at home or in the classroom. Subsequent chapters are prefaced by an introduction, how to obtain the creepy crawlies of choice, material and housing needs, background information, behaviors, and other pertinent scientific facts followed by experiments. The book has numerous black and white photographs, line drawings,and reproducible charts and graphs. In the back of the book is an index and very comprehensible bibliography. This is an excellent resource for use in the homeschool or classroom setting.
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