Experiments with Magnets and Metals


This book uses simple, hands-on experiments with magnets and metals to teach readers how the scientific method works.

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This book uses simple, hands-on experiments with magnets and metals to teach readers how the scientific method works.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "My Science Investigations" series, these books aim at young scientists, providing an introduction to magnets and the scientific method, as well as some hands-on experiments. The introduction shows the reading level of the book. It is both easy to read and informative: "Earth is a giant magnet. One end is near the North Pole. The other is near the South Pole. Scientists study magnets and metals to learn more about our planet." After an introduction to the scientific method, Taylor-Butler jumps into experiments. Her experiments are well set up. She provides a background, hypothesis and a procedure. Also, unlike many other science experiment books, she recommends doing several trials. Her explanation is brief, and comes at the end of the spread, so hopefully students have concluded the experiment before reading the expected results. Experiments include testing for magnetic attraction, testing the magnet's strength, and mapping the magnetic fields. This book will work well for an early elementary unit on magnets. Photos of elementary school students performing the experiments accompany the text. The experiments are straight-forward but interesting. Backmatter includes a list of more resources, glossary and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432953652
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Series: My Science Investigations
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,018,431
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Magnets on Earth 4

How Scientists Work 6

Magnetic Attraction? 8

Share the Power 12

The Invisible Force 16

Break the Barrier 20

Pointing North 24

Your Turn! 28

Glossary 30

Find out More 31

Index 32

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