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Janice VanCleave's The Human Body for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Science Fun Paperback – February 20, 1995
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-7?This science activity book not only provides simple, easy-to-follow demonstrations, but also is a solid resource for learning about the workings of the human body. Projects utilize readily available materials, but an additional person is often needed?as an assistant or a guinea pig. The basics of cell structure; the senses; the respiratory, circulation, digestive, and skeletal systems; and genetics are covered. Each section provides a careful explanation of the activity, background information needed to understand the concepts involved, step-by-step instructions, and an analysis of the solution. The text is clearly written; simple, black line drawings and diagrams are used throughout. Robert Gardner's Science Projects About the Human Body (Enslow, 1993) contains similar material, but Van Cleave's book is more thorough in explaining concepts and getting students involved. A useful addition to science-experiment sections.?Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee,
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 5^-7. Like others in the author's ongoing Science for Every Kid series, this is much more than a book of experiments. Here, VanCleave introduces various systems in the human body and explains how they function, reinforcing the facts through simple experiments and a variety of thought-provoking exercises. The experiments and exercises, which sometimes require readers to draw a conclusion from an accompanying illustration, are not equally challenging. In fact, some are too easy for the age group. Still, there's lots of good information here, and VanCleave doesn't shy away from scientific terms, which she defines with care. Plentifully illustrated, the book will draw both science-minded students and their teachers. An extensive glossary is appended. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I would have given the book five stars if it weren't for what seems to me to be a mismatch between complexity of the text and the simplicity of the activities. My children are very excited about the activities and get a lot of science out of them. But, I think that older kids that would understand the text right away might be bored with the majority of the activities.
Basically, it's complex science w/ silly experiments. My daughter likes doing the experiments, but she doesn't get much out of them because the science is too advanced.