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Janice VanCleave's Earth Science for Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments that Really Work Paperback – January 24, 1991
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Grade 3-6-- An entertaining, educational, and nonthreatening aid to understanding earth science. The easy experiments are carefully organized in sections dealing with the Earth in space, rocks and minerals, crustal movement, erosion, atmosphere, weather, and the oceans. Each experiment includes a purpose, a list of needed materials, step-by-step instructions, expected results, and a scientific explanation of the results. Each double-page spread features a helpful black-line drawing of the procedure; cautions are given where any danger is possible and notes comment on desirable weather or other necessary conditions. Activities range from making a peanut butter sandwich to demonstrating a sedimentary rock formation, or erasing pencil marks on paper to showing how rocks change into sand and thin soil. The concepts are so elementary and the directions so clear that students can learn just by reading and visualizing them, although it will be much more fun to actually perform the experiments. --Rosie Peasley, Somerset School, Modesto, CA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Publisher
An elementary science experiment book that is both educational and fun. Intended for children in grades K to 6, it contains 101 thoroughly tested and safe experiments relating to earth science. Each experiment has a clear purpose, list of materials and step-by-step illustrated instructions. In addition, without giving too much away, it provides hints as to what may be expected from a given experiment and offers a full explanation of the outcome in understandable terms. Most materials necessary for the experiments are readily available around the house. The aim is to make learning about the earth a rewarding experience and encourage a student's desire to seek more knowledge about science.
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The projects presented in this book are suitable for ages 5 and up. They are such that you can keep them simple and fun or add complexity with the addition of research and explanation.
I have several of her books in my home library and will be adding more.
I love the set-up of the book: it is divided into the various divisions of Earth Science (astronomy, rocks and minerals, oceans, etc) and has a TON of experiments in each section. They are all easy to do; most use materials from around the house. The few that don't use materials that are easy to find at any store. Each experiment is supplemented by a simple, yet very clear illustration, easy-to-follow steps, and an explanation of why the experiment works the way it does.
If you teach middle school, VanCleave's books are great to have!!