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Janice VanCleave's Teaching the Fun of Science to Young Learners, Grades Pre-K through 2

Overview

The book's 75 lessons and reproducible activities touch on all areas of science and provide the key to a world of science magic and mystery. While kids will have fun doing the activities and learning to love science, they are also being encouraged to develop other skills, including reading, writing, math, and art.

The book is designed to help young students catch the "science...

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Overview

The book's 75 lessons and reproducible activities touch on all areas of science and provide the key to a world of science magic and mystery. While kids will have fun doing the activities and learning to love science, they are also being encouraged to develop other skills, including reading, writing, math, and art.

The book is designed to help young students catch the "science bug" and find the answers for themselves to these and other questions:

  • Why do cats have whiskers?
  • How does a caterpillar change into a butterfly?
  • Why do elephants have such large ears?
  • How does a grasshopper grow?
  • Why is the skin on my elbows so wrinkled?
  • Why does food taste different when I have a cold?
  • How can we make perfume from flower petals?
  • Why does my shadow change during the day?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Aimed at teachers who do not specialize in science and the parents of science-hungry kids, this book offers detailed guidance for basic experiments, and makes sure both the adult and the child understands where the experiment fits into the concept of doing science. So while many books (even other VanCleave books) include the experiment of coloring celery leaves by putting stalks in dye, this book also discusses the experiment's controls—a stalk in plain water, the hypothesis, and suggestions on how to write up the data. At the beginning of each experiment, VanCleave identifies how it full fills the appropriate benchmarks from the national science standards. The book is organized with projects that require investigations, then observations, next communications—both from the students and in their observations of the subjects—and projects that require measuring and grouping. Pages are designed as worksheets. This book will be a welcome resource for many early elementary school teachers. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471471844
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,130,836
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice VanCleave is a former science teacher who now spends her time writing and giving science workshops. She is the author of over forty-five children's science books with sales totaling over 2 million copies.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

I. Observing.

1. Sight.

2. Hearing.

3. Smell.

4. Taste.

5. Touch.

II. Communicating.

6. Model.

7. Data.

III. Making and Using Definitions.

8. New Words.

9. Dictionary Skills.

IV. Measuring and Estimating.

10. Length.

11. Capacity.

12. Weight.

13. Time.

14. Temperature.

V. Grouping.

15. Classifying.

16. Sequencing.

VI. Investigating.

17. Variables.

18. Scientific Method.

Glossary.

Index.

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