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

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

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by Jennifer Williams
     
 
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

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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933979342
Publisher:
Bright Sky Press
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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Oobleck, Slime & Dancing Spaghetti: Twenty Terrific at Home Science Experiments Inspired by Favorite Children's Books 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great resource and easy to follow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't pass this one up
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