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"This book is just the sort of useful reference that will truly jumpstart student research and writing in a middle-grade classroom. The authors have collected a wide range of Internet and print resources on 99 familiar topics that will serve a wide range of abilities, readiness, and interest. Each topic includes useful keywords, a very brief summary of the topic, ideas for writing about the topic, and references….[c]hildren who are easily frustrated by complicated or lengthy directions will especially like using this book as a resource. Teachers will find it handy to create interest in a particular aspect of science, and the topics can easily be related to science standards. Teachers will also find the wide range of topics useful and timely, as well as easy to fit into their curricula."
NSTA Recommends National Science Teachers Association
"Energy, matter, technology, and the environment are some of the subjects examined in this thematically organized resource. Each section offers definitions, potential research topics, and lists of further reading suggestions, including numerous Web sites. This book will help primary and middle school teachers guide their students as they identify appropriate materials and develop a systematic research plan. Sure to aid in the preparation of quality papers and presentations."