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365 More Simple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials Hardcover – August, 1998

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From Booklist: July 1, 2014 365 More Simple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials. Churchill, E. Richard (Author) and Loeschnig, Louis V. (Author) and Mandell, Muriel (Author) , Zweifel, Frances W. (Illustrator) Mar 2014. 320 p. Black Dog & Leventhal, paperback, $12.95. 
Stunts, tricks, games, and projects are all included in this exhaustive compendium of hands-on science. Experiments are divided into thematic chapters covering a huge range of topics, including physical science, foods and nutrition, time, nature, space, and rocketry. Procedures are explained in step-by-step detail that includes straightforward explanations of relevant scientific concepts with loads of illustrations, graphs, and diagrams. The introduction encourages sound scientific practices such as creating hypotheses and developing a system for recording observations. Each experiment is conducted using everyday household items, making this a valuable resource for a quick science fair project or an impromptu rainyday activity. The projects are diverse, considering that some experiments take just minutes to complete, while others are more involved and even require days to see complete results. However, all of the included experiments are inquiry-based and dynamic, making the book perfect for formal instructional settings or entertaining curious minds with scientific fundamentals. ― Erin Anderson

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Make a foundation from a can and learn about water pressure. Float a glass in water and learn the principle of displacement (discovered by Greek mathematicians Archimedes). heat an egg in hot water and actually see evidence of the molecules escaping through the shell. Drop marbles into a glass of water and prove that two forms of matter cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Use a straw to demonstrate air pressure. Make a parachute to understand a law of physics. Amaze your friends by sticking pins in an inflated balloon without popping it, and then conduct an experiment to show them why 1 plus 1 does not equal 2.

In 365 more Simple Science Experiments, you'll know exactly what to do, what happens and why. So whether it's understanding gravity, becoming a kitchen alchemist, designing a rocket, or telling time by the sun, the moon, or the stars, you'll see that being a scientist doesn't just make the world a better place - it's also great fun. Following are just a few of the fascinating experiments you'll find inside:

- Launch your own astronauts

- Catching sound

- Musical nails

- Pendulum sand painting

- Maple snow sugar

- Milking a potato

- How to make vinegar

- Poached egg physics

- Crazy cave icicles

- The amazing humm-o-comb

- Find the center of gravity

- A gyroscope in your pocket --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 1030L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579120350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579120351
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Maurice B. Richard on September 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My wife got this book when homeschooling and my daughter picked out the motor experiment. We followed the directions but could not get the motor to work. After looking at the design I realized the armature winding was incorrect. The winding must go around the cork in parallel with the axis, not around the axis. Needless to say a child trying to build this would be extremely frustrated. I have a feeling the author did not build all the experiments. The lack of explanation of how the motor works is also a drawback.
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The activites in this book are enjoyable for children to perform, but there is very little science taught.
My daughter very much enjoys performing the activities listed, however, I need to heavily supplement the material and description given in order to provide any scientific explaination of what she is doing. Additionally, the scientific method is completely missing from the 'experiments.' The simple activites are prsented in a "do it and observe" form, with no specific idea or result which is tested by the activity.
A good book for entertaining activities, but not for teaching science.
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I would have given this 2.5 stars if possible. This review applies to all the books in this series, not just this particular one. The book's strengths: (1) Truly simple experiments that make science fun and give it a "Wow" factor for children. Everybody can follow the simple instructions in this book. (2) Seeing science done with ordinary objects takes science out of the elite laboratory and puts it into context of everyday life. (3) Even adults can learn so much about how everyday items and phenomena are related to science.

The book's weaknesses: (1) Explanations of the science behind the experiments are too brief and vague. (2) For too many of the experiments the directions are incomplete at best, and sometimes just not adequate at all. The big majority of the experiments will work, but for the several that don't, the teacher/parent is left saying, 'What went wrong?" You can follow all the directions perfectly, but poor directions don't make an experiment work. Sometimes it's an issue of needing more detail, but sometimes it's an issue of the directions themselves not working, no matter how much detail would have been given. For example, the directions for making Rock Candy (to see the shape of sugar crystal growth) are ludicrous. They wouldn't work no matter how hard you tried. But, the directions for making salt crystals are just fine, and we have some beautiful cubic salt crystals to see now.

Overall, I like these books. I'm very glad to have such easy-to-put-together and fun experiments for us to do at home. But...I'm always prepared for something to backfire, I read with a discriminating eye and the benefit of an extensive science background, and if an experiment promises to deliver something "too cool" with simple instructions, I always search the net first.
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I loved this as a library book so I bought my own copy! I use it for my 9 year old home-schooled son to supplement our science curriculum Easy, clear instructions without a lot of unusual supplies. Each experiment lists supplies, what to do, results, and why it happens. We also use it in our home school co-op for 9-11 year olds. I would recommend it and purchase it again.
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This is a good book of categorized science activities, but if you are looking for "science as inquiry" activities, you'd have to put a lot of thought into how to modify the experiments in this book.
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Just the right sequence to "365 Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials". Experiment is slightly more difficult then the mentioned book but much more fun for kids. Sections such as Exploration in Outer Space is outstanding especially with all the buzz around Mars. My daughter won the first prize in Science fair thanks to one of the experiments list in above mentioned book. A must have series if you want to increase you children's interest in Science.
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By A Customer on March 4, 1999
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I loved it! The experiments are so much fun! They were interesting and fascinating! A *Must* for any scientific youngster.
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I am a science teacher and I use this book every year for 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th graders. It helps them learn while enjoying what they are learning. This book can even be used to do demonstrations when introducing a topic to older students.
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