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Nature Science Experiments: What's Hopping in a Dust Bunny?

by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Edward Miller
     
 
Fun, easy-to-use, and accessible, this cool collection of science activities will have kids ages 9-12 eagerly carrying out experiments with common, everyday objects from the home and backyard. The captivating ideas range from DNA collection (getting samples from real cells in your mouth) to investigating carnivorous plants (“Trigger This: Explore the

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Fun, easy-to-use, and accessible, this cool collection of science activities will have kids ages 9-12 eagerly carrying out experiments with common, everyday objects from the home and backyard. The captivating ideas range from DNA collection (getting samples from real cells in your mouth) to investigating carnivorous plants (“Trigger This: Explore the Properties of the Venus Flytrap’s Trigger Hairs”). Every topic is presented in appealing clear, reading-level-appropriate language with complementary experiments, sidebars, illustrations, photography, and extension activities.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This strange little book encourages older elementary students to be more curious about the natural world around them. Following an introduction on "How to Be a Mad Scientist in Eight Easy Steps", the remaining six chapters explore common forms of life from bacteria, to protists to worms and beyond. The first chapter on DNA attempts to explain the complex issue of DNA assuming that the reader knows what a cell is. It seems too complicated for this age group and doesn't seem to relate to the rest of the book. Succeeding chapters discuss subjects such as bacteria, protists, mites, worms and flesh-eating plants and follow it with an experiment using mostly common household materials. There is no mention anywhere of the Scientific Method of investigation, a system that students need to be aware of, even at this level nor are the activities tied to National Science Standards. While a discussion about safety is included, adult supervision is needed. Boxed discussions on related materials, cartoon-like drawings and some photographs are included. Plenty of new vocabulary is introduced and could have been highlighted and a follow-up glossary included. The layout is interesting for the age group but overall, the book seems targeted for those students with a high interest in science. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4�6—The first chapter of this attractive book, "The Stuff of Life," jumps right in by outlining the materials needed and the step-by-step process to follow to collect and isolate DNA by rinsing one's mouth out with salt water. (Pronunciation guides and definitions would be useful here for such terms as "mitochondria" and "double helix.") The book does not have to be read or used in a linear fashion. Youngsters can turn to the table of contents or detailed index to choose experiments based on interest and availability of resources. For example, microscopes are needed for the dust mite and one-celled life experiments, but a shoebox and wax paper will do for an experiment with worms. Some definitions are provided within the text when a term is introduced and others appear in small boxes. The chapters on bacteria and protists include color photomicrographs of the organisms, and amusing cartoon illustrations appear throughout. This exploration of the natural world will spark readers' interest in experimenting and questioning results.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402724121
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Series:
Mad Science Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
728,598
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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