Awesome Animal Science Projects

Awesome Animal Science Projects

by Ann Benbow, Colin Mably
     
 

Can you train goldfish? What body parts do all insects have? Easy-to-do experiments, using the scientific method, are paired with scientific explanations. Ideas for further exploration and science fair projects make this book a perfect resource for budding scientists. See more details below

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Can you train goldfish? What body parts do all insects have? Easy-to-do experiments, using the scientific method, are paired with scientific explanations. Ideas for further exploration and science fair projects make this book a perfect resource for budding scientists.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Real Life Experiments" series. Benbow and Mably invite us to observe birds, earthworms, ants, and many other animals. Observation is the key. At no point do the questions or investigations endanger the animals. Rather the reader is asked to determine which bird likes which kind of seed and what food goldfish prefer. My favorite is watching bugs run across clear clipboards. By watching from the bottom, young scientists (and their parents) can see all the moving parts of the animal and compare those parts to machines we use in the modern world. Looking at the bottom of a caterpillar might help explain why some tractors have what are called caterpillar treads. Explanations are provided on the pages after the experiment, followed by "Ideas for Science fairs," which entails a list of questions. These questions offer solid leads for students needing to work on their project. However, since these are questions about animals, most of them cannot be answered with a last-minute experiment. Illustrations are engaging drawings of animals and young readers. Backmatter includes glossary, list of websites, and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—This title delivers practical and informative projects. Readers learn about the food preferences of goldfish, birds, and worms; their habitats; and speed. A safety section cautions against mercury thermometers, electrical outlets, and sharp scissors. Children are reminded frequently to wash their hands. An explanation and variation follow each project. Students are instructed to use an adult for 80 percent of the experiments, which doesn't seem necessary. That warning, and the simple text and cartoon illustrations that outnumber photographs two to one, make Awesome appropriate for the younger end of the target audience. There is no formal introduction or modeling of the scientific method, though readers are encouraged to write down their ideas and reasons for them. Experiments are largely observational and do not teach or model the importance of control groups. In an experiment about changing a pet's routine, a prompt to choose a change that will be interesting to observe, but not upset the pet, nods to the ethics of responsible science.—S. McClendon, Friends School of Atlanta, Decatur, GA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766031487
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Series:
Real Life Science Experiments Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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