Plants

Plants

by Ontario Science Centre, Ray Boudreau
     
 

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Why do potatoes have eyes? Can a garden grow without dirt? What's that blue stuff that grows on bread? Children ask a lot of questions about the world and what it's made of.

Plants contains 13 carefully chosen experiments from the Ontario Science Centre. With minimal supervision, children explore how plants grow and why they need water, sunlight and soil.

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Why do potatoes have eyes? Can a garden grow without dirt? What's that blue stuff that grows on bread? Children ask a lot of questions about the world and what it's made of.

Plants contains 13 carefully chosen experiments from the Ontario Science Centre. With minimal supervision, children explore how plants grow and why they need water, sunlight and soil. The Starting with Science series combines easy-to-do experiments with easy-to-understand explanations.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
(Solids, Liquids and Gases; Plants; Simple Machines; and Living Things all) offer simple science activities in an appealing format.
ForeWord
Until now, there haven’t been many good books of experiments for young children that deal with basic scientific principles and include projects that are not only fun, but easy to understand and replicate. Kids Can Press has answered the call with (Solids, Liquids and Gases; Plants; Simple Machines; and Living Things all) ? For a classroom, a child’s party or simply a curious budding scientist, Starting with Science is a series that will provide just the needed direction for hours of enjoyable learning.
Science and Children
Starting with Science: Plants is a rare find because it combines the pleasures of experimentation for young scientists with the expansion of a student’s knowledge in a straightforward, informative way. It is n outstanding book for the home or school library.
From the Publisher
(Solids, Liquids and Gases; Plants; Simple Machines; and Living Things all) offer simple science activities in an appealing format.

Until now, there haven’t been many good books of experiments for young children that deal with basic scientific principles and include projects that are not only fun, but easy to understand and replicate. Kids Can Press has answered the call with (Solids, Liquids and Gases; Plants; Simple Machines; and Living Things all) ? For a classroom, a child’s party or simply a curious budding scientist, Starting with Science is a series that will provide just the needed direction for hours of enjoyable learning.

Using primary background colors and attractive, enthusiastic children as models, the format of this series is spacious and packs visual punch.

Starting with Science: Plants is a rare find because it combines the pleasures of experimentation for young scientists with the expansion of a student’s knowledge in a straightforward, informative way. It is n outstanding book for the home or school library.

The organization and presentation in these publications is unique and excellent. The bright color photographs that feature boys and girls from diverse ethnic groups communicate the intrinsic rewards of scientific discovery and inquiry ? These books are excellent activity resources, and I recommend them for school or home use.

Children's Literature - Eileen Hanning
When seeds germinate, how do they know which way is up? How does water get from a plant's roots all the way up to its leaves? What is acid rain? As part of the "Starting with Science" series, Plants presents thirteen simple experiments that answer these questions and introduce young scientists to basic botany. Each experiment lists what you'll need and step-by-step instructions. Most also include an insert box titled "What's Happening?" that explains the scientific principles demonstrated. Several experiments also include comments about real-life application of the principle or suggestions for further exploration. A page of notes for parents and teachers about how to extend experiments, a glossary of important words, and an index make this book very user-friendly. Boudreau's beautifully composed photographs feature bold colors and child scientists conducting experiments. This well-designed picture book would be very useful in an early primary classroom or at home. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Each of these titles presents 13 simple activities. In Living Things, projects include starting a worm farm, growing sprouts, tattooing a plant, and creating a soda-bottle habitat to demonstrate principles of sustaining life. Adaptation is also introduced by showing that animals need different kinds of mouths in order to eat foods specific to their habitats. In Plants, activities include using colored water with celery in order to see the veins in plants, imitating the effects of acid rain by watering a plant with a vinegar-water mixture, making a leaf scrapbook, and growing a plant from a potato eye. Both books offer explanations of each activity; three boldfaced sections clearly outline materials needed, procedures, and what is happening. Most activities also include a fourth section that offers further explanation. Texts are accompanied by bright, full-colorful photos of children doing each activity. A parent/teacher page gives ideas on expanding the activities. If you have need for simple science experiments, these books are acceptable.Katherine Borchert, Arlington Central Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550743951
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
Starting with Science Series
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,164,988
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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