From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-VanCleave teaches young readers about food groups, vitamins and minerals, the relationship between energy and food, how to read nutrition labels, and more. The text is straightforward, with good use of scientific terms. Each of the 25 chapters starts off with background information, but the heart of this book is the array of activities that relate to real-life situations. Most will need adult supervision, making this a great resource book for science teachers, but adaptable to use at home. Some representative activities include "Uncoiled," which determines why egg whites become white and foamy when beaten; "Gassy," which studies the results of combining baking powder and baking soda with liquids; and "Foamy," which demonstrates how fat is broken down in the body. This is a good update to Foodworks: Over 100 Science Activities and Fascinating Facts That Explore the Magic of Food from the Ontario Science Center (Addison-Wesley, 1987).Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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From the Back Cover
How does milk help me grow? Where do vitamins come from? Do carrots really strengthen my eyesight? Find out these answersin Janice VanCleaves Food and Nutrition for Every Kid. To the delight of children, parents, and teachers everywhere, Americas favorite science teacher brings a welcome addition to the popular Science for Every Kid series. Through fun, safe, and easy-to-do experiments, Janice VanCleave teaches kids ages eight to twelve all about food and nutrition. Kids can learn about leavening agents by mixing baking soda with vinegar. Theyll explore why different sweeteners vary in sweetness, how to use natural food dyes to dye a T-shirt, and what the food pyramid isplus much more. Each experiment is broken down into a purpose, list of materials, step-by-step instructions, expected results, and explanations that kids can understand. Every project has been tested and can be performed safely and inexpensively using ordinary household materials. Also available in this series from Janice VanCleave: Astronomy for Every Kid Biology for Every Kid Chemistry for Every Kid Constellations for Every Kid Dinosaurs for Every Kid Earth Science for Every Kid Ecology for Every Kid Geography for Every Kid Geometry for Every Kid The Human Body for Every Kid Math for Every Kid Oceans for Every Kid Physics for Every Kid