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Magic Science: 50 Jaw-Dropping, Mind-Boggling, Head-Scratching Activities for Kids Paperback – March 6, 1998

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Gr. 4^-6. In the same format as the author's other titles, such as Cosmic Science (1997) and Spy Science (1996), this book shows children the science behind simple magic tricks. Though the concept isn't new, kids will find the cover appealing and the treatment straightforward and clear. Wiese divides the 50 activities into six topical chapters: matter, reactions, water, air, force and energy, and electricity and magnetism. Each project includes a list of materials, instructions for setting up and carrying out the trick, the expected effect, and an explanation of the phenomenon. Simple line drawings illustrate the text. For larger collections. Carolyn Phelan

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Make coins disappear. Crush a soda can--without even touching it. Write an invisible message--that suddenly reappears out of nowhere. Teach your cereal to jump and dance, and much more! Is it magic? No, it's science! There's a lot more to magic than just waving a wand. From chemistry to biology, gravity to electricity, this new book from science wizard Jim Wiese reveals the amazing magical powers of science with fun-filled, easy-to-perform activities that can be done with ordinary everyday things found around the house.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471182397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471182399
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Desher on June 30, 2006
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This book is exactly what I wanted. It gives step-by-step instructions for quick "magic" science activities. The explanations are clear and concise. The table of contents categorizes the activities so that I can easily identify those that correlate with the objectives I teach. I can see using these activities as introductions to units or as simple "experiments" for my class experts.
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The activities in this book include the flotation of eggs, the density tower, the Cartesian diver, static electricity with balloons, scared pepper (surface-tension dispersion), etc. None require specialized equipment or ingredients.

As an experienced science teacher, I found most of the content of this book quite familiar. However, there is one activity that is relatively unique to this book. It is the magic seesaw, consisting of a candle impaled in the middle on a pin, swinging freely, and with both ends lit. As one end burns more, that side dips. It melts more, making it lighter than the other end. So the other end dips, and the process is repeated. And so on, ad infinitum.
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Bought this for my Nephew's "magic" birthday party. We decided to incorporate learning and fun into a party and the children ate this up. The book was fun. I would encourage some planning, however, before I decided to do this. A lot of the materials are on hand, but some may not be.
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