Janice VanCleave's Guide to More of the Best Science Fair Projects

Janice VanCleave's Guide to More of the Best Science Fair Projects

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  • Complete rules and display tips
  • Hundreds of exciting projects
  • Helpful do’s and don’ts
  • 50 fun, step-by-step experiments

More Winning Science Fair Projects, Hints, and Tips from Janice VanCleave!

What can you do to create an extraordinary science project?

How is a clear and easy-to-follow display organized?

What are the

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Overview

  • Complete rules and display tips
  • Hundreds of exciting projects
  • Helpful do’s and don’ts
  • 50 fun, step-by-step experiments

More Winning Science Fair Projects, Hints, and Tips from Janice VanCleave!

What can you do to create an extraordinary science project?

How is a clear and easy-to-follow display organized?

What are the do’s and don’ts of science fair projects?

Where will you find the best collection of science fair ideas?

The answers—and the fun—are all in this exciting book of innovative, easy-to-understand, show-stopping science fair projects. Discover how to develop a topic from your own idea; research, create, and assemble your project; then display it in a way that will make it stand out from the crowd. Tackle some of Janice VanCleave’s favorite experiments on topics ranging from astronomy, biology, and engineering to botany, geology, and oceanography. Then let your mind loose to explore whatever topic most interests you. Enjoy working on intriguing experiments while learning the secrets of science fair success!

Praise for Janice VanCleave’s books

"Stunningly clear, direct, and informative projects."—School Library Journal

"[They] not only teach children the basics of science, but also entertain along the way . . . great for kids."—Parentguide

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Editorial Reviews

No idea for a science project? Check out this book. How would you conduct a safe exploration of a hurricane? Where do you go to launch a satellite? What's the best way to study a shale's spouting mechanism? These and forty-seven more projects are outlined in this book. Janice VanCleave's books are consistently of high quality and full of good activities, and this book is no exception. Targeted to elementary students planning a science fair project, each experiment follows the basic steps of the scientific method, with detailed explanations and ideas for presenting the project. Teachers and parents planning to host, coach, or judge the fair will also profit from the ideas in the section entitled "Guide to Science Fair Projects." This is a great, easy-to-use manual for first-time science fair teachers and a good resource for school libraries. 2000, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., $14.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: J. Cook SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
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In yet another of her science fair project books, VanCleave offers 50 step-by-step experiments that can lead to discovery and further experiments. Most are simple enough that they require minimal adult assistance, but children will need adult intervention to clarify explanations and understanding. VanCleave divides the book into two sections--Section 1 is a Guide to Science Fair Projects; Section 2 contains the experiments. In the introduction she explains that it is important to read Section 1 completely before proceeding with the experiments, but because of the length and detail, most children would tire before completing it. That is not to say that Section 1 is not important; it is. However, the details may overwhelm the young reader. For the most part, the experiments call for materials that are readily available and inexpensive. The directions for successfully completing the experiments are clear and concise. Questions for further experimentation are generally thought provoking; however, some seem too advanced for the intended audience. The one area of concern for this reviewer is that too much explanation for each experiment is given, leaving little room for the child to imagine, wonder, or surmise the outcomes. VanCleave moves directly from the steps in the experiments to providing a thorough explanation of the results. To be fair, this is perhaps necessary for clarity. One would hope that adults working with children would give the child only the "steps" portion of the experiment and guide any discussion about the results before providing the "ready-made" explanation. VanCleave provides an extensive glossary of terms highlighted in the experiments, and in the three appendices shegives comprehensive bibliographies of other current science experiment books and reference books for further investigation. Overall the book is quite well done and would be a good addition to any collection. 2000, John Wiley & Sons, Ages 9 up, $14.95. Reviewer: Jenny B. (J. B.) Petty
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Using the same format as Janice VanCleave's Guide to the Best Science Fair Projects (Wiley, 1996), this title begins with several rewritten, but not significantly different, introductory chapters about the scientific method, topic research, categories, a sample project, the display, and presentation and evaluation. These concisely written chapters lead students through a well-executed project. Fifty experiments follow in the areas of astronomy, biology, earth science, engineering, physical science, and mathematics. Some of these examples have appeared in VanCleave's single-discipline titles. Each activity includes a list of materials readily available in the home, procedures to follow, and various extensions of the basic experiment with enough information to lead young scientists to further investigations. Simple black-and-white diagrams or illustrations accompany the projects. Bibliographic materials are up-to-date and include many of the author's other titles. Listings of reference books and scientific supply houses are appended. A valuable addition to science collections.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471326274
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Science Fair Temp Series
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
902,828
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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