Oobleck, Slime & Dancing Spaghetti: Twenty Terrific at Home Science Experiments Inspired by Favorite Children's Books

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Combining classic children's literature with fun kitchen science experiments, this handbook is an ideal resource for parents or teachers who want to instill a cross-curricular approach to educating their children. A wide range of experiments are featured, including how to make the green goo found in Dr. Seuss' Bartholomew and the Oobleck, as well as making pasta dance as shown in Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona. Each chapter contains a detailed summary of the story, step-by-step instructions with a list of ...
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Overview


Combining classic children's literature with fun kitchen science experiments, this handbook is an ideal resource for parents or teachers who want to instill a cross-curricular approach to educating their children. A wide range of experiments are featured, including how to make the green goo found in Dr. Seuss' Bartholomew and the Oobleck, as well as making pasta dance as shown in Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona. Each chapter contains a detailed summary of the story, step-by-step instructions with a list of ingredients, thought-provoking questions for children, science facts, how to relate the experiment to everyday life, and sources for further exploration. The activities, which are appropriate for children ages 4 to 11, result in a terrific way to combine reading with turning a kitchen into an exciting laboratory of learning.
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Editorial Reviews

Mlive.com
Jennifer Williams, a Presidential Award-winning science teacher, has created a terrific resource for parents and children. This title will have families turning their kitchens into entertaining science labs!
TreasureValleyFamily.com

The activities, which are appropriate for children ages 4-11, result in a terrific way to combine reading with turning a kitchen into an exciting laboratory of learning.

Parenthood.com

What a fun way for parents and teachers to encourage cross-curricular learning.

School Library Journal
Using children's literature as a springboard, this title provides a series of science experiments designed to explore concepts and ideas that spring from various stories. At the beginning of each chapter, a children's book is nicely summarized. The author then explains a related science concept, suggests discussion questions that connect the experiment to the story, and offers ideas for taking the project further. This is serious science, and the experiments cover concepts including polymers, chemical reactions, and non-Newtonian fluids. For example, Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona is used to introduce children to the idea of acid-base reactions as they perform an experiment that creates "dancing spaghetti." The experiments do a really wonderful job of emphasizing the importance of observation and data collection. The writing is relatively clear, though adults with a limited science background may stumble with a few of the explanations. Overall, this book is great choice for home use and science units.—Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933979342
  • Publisher: Bright Sky Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 794,228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Jennifer Williams teaches elementary science at the Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has won the Presidential Award for Teaching and is a frequent lecturer at science and education conferences around the country.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Why Science? 14

Why Now? 14

Why me? Or: Do I have to be a microbiologist or a chemist to teach my kid about science? 15

How do I do it? 15

Before you begin: How to use this book 17

Icon Keys 20

Part 1 Chemistry and Polymers 21

Chapter 1 Wizzil: Pop Your Top! 23

Chapter 2 Strega Nona: Make your spaghetti "dance" 29

Chapter 3 George's Marvelous Medicine: Boiling up a witchy brew, then changing the color 37

Chapter 4 Bartholomew and the Oobleck: Concocting colorful, sticky & gooey stuff 45

Chapter 5 The Book of Slime: Create something slimy 53

Part 2 Fun with Food Science 59

Chapter 6 The Butter Battle Book: Shake cream into butter 61

Chapter 7 Chocolate Fever: Three ways to let it melt in your mouth 69

Chapter 8 Ice Cream Larry: Freeze your own ice cream in a can 77

Chapter 9 Sad Sam and the Magic Cookies: Bake 'em soft & chewy or hard & crumbly 85

Chapter 10 Everybody Bakes Bread: Learn what makes dough rise 95

Chapter 11 How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World: Make a fake apple pie with fun flavorings 105

Chapter 12 Rechenka's Eggs: Dye eggs & create art using natural ingredients 111

Chapter 13 Oliver's Milk Shake: Blow bubbles in milk & measure the foam! 119

Chapter 14 A Monster in My Cereal: Find the magnetic monster within 127

Part 3 Air Science and Engineering 133

Chapter 15 Air Is All Around You: Inflating a balloon with hot air & a soda bottle 135

Chapter 16 Hot-Air Henry: Build your own hot-air balloon 141

Chapter 17 Daisy and the Egg: Design a "nest" to protect an egg in flight 149

Part 4 Meteorology 155

Chapter 18 A Drop Aroundthe World: Create a mini water-cycle in a jar! 157

Chapter 19 Sector 7: Your very own ecosystem with clouds 165

Chapter 20 Twister!: Make a "water tornado" in a bottle 173

Acknowledgements 182

From the Author 182

Publisher Permissions 184

Author's Research Notes & Bibliography 187

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    very helpful for parents and teachers

    Great resource and easy to follow

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