- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 6
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Lark Books (October 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579904939
- ISBN-13: 978-1579904937
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#1,724,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1013 in Children's Science Experiment Books
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Grade 4-7–This title opens with an introduction to science-fair projects, followed by sections devoted to project ideas in biology, physical science, and chemistry. Most of the experiments call for common household items. The simple, easy-to-follow directions are geared toward beginners. The layout is open, colorful, and appealing, with photographs of students and materials on every spread and boxed areas that highlight specific topics or ideas. Readers are encouraged to follow safety procedures, including wearing closed-toe shoes and goggles when necessary. The conversational text discusses how to pick a topic and offers a hands-on approach to planning the project, including an eight-week schedule checklist. Libraries would be well served by this title.–Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA
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It contains lots of ideas for projects, and gives tips on science fair basics at the beginning of the book - picking a question, developing a hypothesis, documentation of research, ticking off items on a checklist, getting a display board/ backboard and putting it together, and of course, presentation.
The projects are divided into three main branches of science, i.e. Biology, Physical Science, and Chemistry. Some of the experiments do seem quite basic and uninspiring, but many others are unique, interesting, and will get children excited and talking about science, which is ultimately the purpose of a science project. Now, the organization part of a science fair project can appear daunting at first, but if planned out in advance (I'd recommend at least 4-8 weeks ahead of the due date), it is actually not so bad.
Each experiment featured in this book is organized thus: Experiment Summary, What You Need, Experimental Procedure, Conclusion, Take a Closer Look (provides additional information that can help with research), and What Else Can You Do. The book is an invaluable reference tool for beginners and also for those seeking new ideas for a science fair project.
But these projects work for a general family fun environment, too --even without the goal of competing in a science fair, these ideas let your kids explore. Fun for summer learning, and for homeschoolers.
Some of the projects are familiar and seem like they have been done often... but that's ok. They are projects that demonstrate important ideas and concepts, like photosynthesis and surface tension and air pressure. And then some of the ideas are quite creative, and different from what everybody else is showing at the science fair.