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Science in Seconds for Kids: Over 100 Experiments You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less Paperback – February 6, 1995
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4?A collection of quick, simple projects that use materials most kids will have around the house. Grouped into such subject areas as gravity, water, and light, most have just a few steps to follow. Instructions, illustrated by black-and-white drawings, are easy to understand and always note when adult help is needed. Each procedure is followed by an explanation of what should have happened and why. At times these explanations involve concepts that children might not easily grasp from the experiment alone. A description of light rays and focal points, for instance, is hard to follow without elaboration or diagrams. In another case, molecules are introduced as "...the smallest particles of a substance that can exist on their own," which is accurate, but not the clearest way to describe them. Some activities are so predictable that reading about them can substitute for performing them. Other projects are more intriguing, such as using oil, water, and sunshine to make a rainbow, or creating a simple sand clock. The book is not terrifically exciting; its strength is that youngsters will be able to use it successfully on their own, and in many cases will learn a bit about science in the process.?Steven Engelfried, West Linn Library, OR
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Publisher
A nationally respected educator, Jean Potter draws on her vast experience to offer children an excellent opportunity to learn basic science quickly and have a great time doing it. The over 100 fast and simple experiments are organized by major themes of the science curriculum including air, colors, energy and the environment. Scores of illustrations make directions easy to follow.
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Some are impossible. eg, children are asked to catch and examine a live grasshopper under a magnifying glass. How this is to be done with a struggling insect is not clear. In the experiment entitled " Oil Rainbow" the colours seen when a thin film of oil is on to of water are due to refraction of light through the oil. In fact, they are caused by interference, This is a proof of the wave nature of light. The explanation is misleading.
The experiment entitled "Personal Gravity" tells the child to weigh her/himself at he top of a tall building, then weigh again at the bottom. While there is a difference in the weight of an object at a high altitude and a low one, this difference is far too small to be detected by a bathroom scale at tyhe top and bottom of the world's highest building. It is also stated that astronauts are weightless in earth orbit because they are far away from the earth's gravity. This is simply wrong.. The experiment "Wind Chill" is completely misleading. Wind chill affects only objects warmer than the environment. Not thermometers
Have fun with the book and let the kids pick out what they might want to try in class together.
Have a great summer
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