Nature in a Nutshell for Kids: Over 100 Activities You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less

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Make bubbles that bounce! Stir up a tornado in a jar! Make elastic from a dandelion! Predict weather from cloud formations! Discover the beauty and wonder of nature all year round with these quick, easy experiments and activities from Jean Potter. You can complete each activity in ten fun-filled minutes or less, and the clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations help you get it right every time. The projects are organized by season and help you learn about everything from why grass is green to how seals ...

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Overview

Make bubbles that bounce! Stir up a tornado in a jar! Make elastic from a dandelion! Predict weather from cloud formations! Discover the beauty and wonder of nature all year round with these quick, easy experiments and activities from Jean Potter. You can complete each activity in ten fun-filled minutes or less, and the clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations help you get it right every time. The projects are organized by season and help you learn about everything from why grass is green to how seals stay warm in icy arctic waters. You will find most of the materials already in your home, backyard, or neighborhood. The 112 activities in this book cover every aspect of the natural world, including plant and animal life, weather, ecology, rocks and minerals, the senses, the stars, and much more. You'll build a mountain the same way the earth does, find out whether your neighborhood ants prefer sugar or artificial sweetener, discover why maple seeds act like tiny helicopters, and explore the effects of acid rain on plants—all with the help of a leading educator. Children Ages 8-12

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
This book offers 112 short, simple science experiments that teach investigation of home, yard and neighborhood. Well-indexed, the activities suggest easy explorations of animals, air, sky, gravity, sand, shells, crystals, and more, using available materials. Helpful black and white sketches assist young scientists.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-An appealing hands-on introduction to natural science. Each of the 102 experiments is easy, uses safe and mostly readily available household supplies, and is fun at the same time. Divided into seasonal sections, the activities have catchy titles, state hypotheses, list materials, lay out procedures, and finish with clear explanations. Among the noteworthy investigations are: how duck feathers react to water, how mountains are formed, what keeps a seal from freezing in icy weather, whether ants prefer sugar or aspertame, and more. This title compares favorably with Robert Brown's 200 Illustrated Science Experiments for Children (TAB, 1987) and Janice Van Cleave's 200 Gooey, Slippery, Slimy, Weird & Fun Experiments (John Wiley, 1992). Clear but undistinguished pen-and-ink drawings appear on every page. A useful glossary, addresses of science organizations, and an extensive list for further reading are appended. An entertaining addition that will encourage youngsters to consider the wonders around them.-Amy Adler, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471044444
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 971,781
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.07 (w) x 8.31 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

JEAN POTTER has taught children of all ages and served as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education for the United States. She is an award-winning author of books and educational materials for young children, including Science in Seconds for Kids, also available from Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

SPRING.

Acid Rain.

Closed Cones.

Cloud Creation.

Duck Feathers.

Easy Ecosystem.

Erosion Slant.

Hard Water.

Pond Inspection.

Seed Embryo.

Soil Sample.

Spring Hunt.

SUMMER.

Dense Dip.

Fish Age.

Greenhouse Heat.

Inside Shells.

Male Moths.

Moon Bright.

Night Sounds.

Ocean Foam.

Sand Colors.

Secret Place.

Shadow Watch.

Snail Study.

Spider Legs.

AUTUMN.

Ant Tracking.

Carrot Tops.

Cherry Soak.

Fruit Nuts.

Leaf Pigment.

Maple Flight.

Nest Inspection.

Quick Spoil.

Rotting Tree.

Tree Damage.

Water Speed.

WINTER.

Blowing Snow.

Cold Hands.

Crystal Study.

Frost Formation.

Ice Space.

Pond Melt.

Star Gaze.

Tree Age.

Winter Bubbles.

Nature and Environmental Organizations.

Glossary.

Further Reading.

Activity Index.

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