Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Earth Science: Winning Experiments for Science Fairs and Extra Credit

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Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Earth Science The newest volume in the bestselling A+ Science Projects series! Are you having a hard time coming up with a good idea for the science fair? Do you want to earn extra credit in your science class? Or do you just want to know more about how the world around you works? Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Earth Science can help you—and the best part is, it won't involve any complicated or expensive equipment. This step-by-step project book explores 30 different topics ...

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Overview

Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Earth Science The newest volume in the bestselling A+ Science Projects series! Are you having a hard time coming up with a good idea for the science fair? Do you want to earn extra credit in your science class? Or do you just want to know more about how the world around you works? Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Earth Science can help you—and the best part is, it won't involve any complicated or expensive equipment. This step-by-step project book explores 30 different topics and offers dozens of experiment ideas. The book also includes lots of charts, diagrams, and illustrations. Here are just a few of the topics you'll be investigating:
• Rocks and minerals
• Meteorology
• Oceanography
• Plate tectonics
• Air fronts
• The greenhouse effect You'll be amazed how easy it is to turn your own ideas into winning science fair projects! Also available: Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Biology Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Chemistry

Presents thirty sample science projects as well as ideas for small changes to the original experiments thereby encouraging creativity and increased learning.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpThis entry in a popular series includes topics such as rocks and minerals, the solar system, earthquakes, oceans, and weather. Each project begins with a brief introduction and then outlines the purpose, materials needed, step-by-step procedures, expected results, and an explanation of the principles involved. Guidelines for designing additional experiments and a list of resources for further research follow each activity. Students will appreciate the clear, organized instructions and the fact that most of the projects use such ordinary household items as soda bottles, kitchen utensils, rulers, and string. Robert L. Bonnet and Daniel Keens Earth Science: 49 Science Fair Projects (McGraw-Hill, 1989) is similar in scope, but VanCleaves title is much more detailed and has a more advanced vocabulary. Like the authors previous books, this one teaches young people that science is learned not by reading textbooks but through systematic, hands-on experimentation. It makes a rock-solid addition to library collections.Dawn Amsberry, formerly at Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471177708
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: VanCleave's A+ Science Projects Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,444,168
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

JANICE VANCLEAVE was an award-winning science teacher before deciding to devote her time to writing and giving science workshops. She is the author of more than 40 children's science books, with sales totaling more than one million copies.

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Table of Contents

MAPPING THE EARTH.
Maps and Globes: Terrestrial Guides.
Topography: Highs and Lows of the Earth's Surface.
THE EARTH AND SPACE.
Rotation: The Spinning of the Earth on Its Axis.
Heliocentric: The Earth's Solar System.
Night Light: The Structure and Movement of the Earth's Moon.
Mobile Stars: The Apparent Movement of Stars.
Time: Day Lengths and Time Zones.
Early Methods: Ancient Techniques of Determining the Earth's Size and Shape.
PHYSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE EARTH.
Elements: The Earth's Building Blocks.
The Earth's Layers: Chemical and Physical Properties of the Earth.
THE EARTH'S LITHOSPHERE.
Minerals: Distinguishing Physical Characteristics of Minerals.
Crystals: Distinguishing Physical Characteristics of Crystals.
The Rock Cycle: Processes That Change One Rock Type into Another.
Erosion: The Breakdown and Movement of Crustal Material.
Rock Sandwiches: Layering of Regolith Particles.
Soil Texture: Effects of Regolith Size.
Crustal Bending: Deformation of the Earth's Crust.
Faulting: The Earth's Crustal Breaking Point.
Plate Tectonics: Floating Crustal Sections.
THE EARTH'S HYDROSPHERE.
Soundings: Mapping a Profile of the Ocean Floor.
Water Waves: Surface Disturbances Due to Energy Transfer.
Percolating Water: The Movement of Water Beneath the Earth's Surface.
The Hydrologic Cycle: The Movement of Water from Place to Place.
THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE.
Atmospheric Energy: Unequal Heating by the Earth's Surface.
The Greenhouse Effect: Heat Transfer in the Atmosphere.
Convection: Air inMotion.
Fronts: Moving Air Masses.
Barometric Changes: The Cause and Measurement of Air Pressure.
Hygrometers: Ways to Measure the Atmosphere's Water Content.
Precipitation: Phases of Atmospheric Water.
Appendices.
Glossary.
Index.
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