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

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

by Janice VanCleave
     
 

Fun Science Projects that Introduce Science Process Skills

There's plenty for you to choose from in this treasure chest of educational and fun science activities, experiments, and worksheets for Pre-K through 2nd grade. Written by well-known children's science writer Janice VanCleave, this book offers teachers a much-needed resource for preparing young students

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Fun Science Projects that Introduce Science Process Skills

There's plenty for you to choose from in this treasure chest of educational and fun science activities, experiments, and worksheets for Pre-K through 2nd grade. Written by well-known children's science writer Janice VanCleave, this book offers teachers a much-needed resource for preparing young students with a solid grounding in science inquiry as recommended by the national science education standards.

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?

In addition, budding young scientist investigators will be learning these fundamental science process skills: observing, communicating, making and using definitions, measuring and estimating, grouping, and investigating. The book's activities can be done using easy-to-find materials in the classroom or at home just for fun!

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471471844
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/25/2008
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
431,422
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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