How Does It Work?

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How do switches make fairgrounds fun? What makes a kite fly? Can sunlight bounce? How are echoes made? Discover the answers to these questions and more in these fantastic experiments that cover everything from making a burglar alarm to finding out how to split sunlight.

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Overview

How do switches make fairgrounds fun? What makes a kite fly? Can sunlight bounce? How are echoes made? Discover the answers to these questions and more in these fantastic experiments that cover everything from making a burglar alarm to finding out how to split sunlight.

A collection of simple experiments that answer such questions as How do switches make carnivals fun?, What makes a kite fly?, Can sunlight bounce?, and How are echoes made?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A trio of titles kicks off David Glover's Experiments in Science series, which features one experiment per spread, with crisp photographs and plenty of white space. In How Does It Work?, for instance, school-age scientists experiment with "Electricity," "Forces and Movement," "Light and Color" and "Sound and Music." A "Parents' Notes" section at the beginning of each chapter helps adults approach the scientific principles and a quiz at the end tests children's knowledge. The other two titles are How Do Things Grow? and What Is It Made Of? ( Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Come along with Chip, Pixel, and Newton as they teach, using fun, hands-on experiments about electricity, forces and movement, light and color, and sound and music. At the end of every section comes a surprise quiz. Along with the experiments, author Glover includes a lot of additional scientific information. This great rainy-day book for young readers has interesting things to try while teaching at the same time. The author has succeeded in putting together a fun and educational book. The illustrations, mostly realistic photographs, assist readers with the experiments. To help children benefit most from each experiment, Glover also includes a section for parents. Overall, this is an interesting collection of experiments for aspiring young scientists. The book is part of the "Experiments in Science" series. 2001, Dorling Kindersley, Ages 5 to 7.
— Paul Mauer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789478498
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Experiments In Science
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

David Glover is an experienced teacher who is committed to making science accessible, fun, and relevant for children. He is also an author of children's science books, as well as a respected education consultant.
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Table of Contents

Hello! 12
Parents' notes
Electricity 16
Forces and Movement 42
Light and Color 68
Sound and Music 94
Electricity
It's electric 18
Electric fun 20
Simple circuit 22
Bright eyes 24
Switch it on 26
Sound the alarm 28
Electric games 30
Code tapper 32
Electric fan 34
Electric tester 36
It's quiz time! 38
Forces and Movement
On the move 44
Starting force 46
Pushing things 48
Pulling things 50
Fast or slow? 52
Change direction 54
Push and pull 56
Friction 58
Wind force 60
Water force 62
It's quiz time! 64
Light and Color
Sunlight 70
In the dark 72
Lamps and lights 74
Light and shade 76
Bright and dim 78
Bouncing light 80
Rainbow colors 82
Mixing colors 84
Colored light 86
Bright colors 88
It's quiz time! 90
Sound and Music
Hearing sounds 96
Making sounds 98
Tracking sounds 100
Faraway sounds 102
Striking sounds 104
Loud and soft 106
High and low 108
Bouncing sound 110
Sound travels 112
Block out sounds 114
It's quiz time! 116
Glossary 118
Index 124
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