Hands-on experiments enhance understanding of magnets, north and south poles, attraction and repulsion, induced magnetism, electromagnetism and related topics.
Children's Literature - Susan BorgesAttention hands-on learners and science enthusiasts! This dynamic and appealing book about magnets and magnetism offers direct, easy to understand text with colorful supportive photographs and illustrations that will be sure to make learning about physical science fun and exciting. This text is well organized by chapters, each representing a specific topic about magnets such as long-range force, magnetic metals, and electromagnetism. Included in the two page chapter for each specific topic, there is a section called ?why it works' as well as a section called ?further ideas.' The content is supported or extended by clear illustrations and other attractive graphics such as diagrams with labels and real life photographs of children performing the described experiments. Important text features such as a table of contents, sidebars, an index, and a glossary make this text very user friendly for young readers who use this book as a resource or reference for science fair activities in their elementary school classroom. In or out of the classroom, this nonfiction text about magnets will be enjoyed by young readers because it is attractive, informative, and totally engaging. Reviewer: Susan Borges
School Library JournalGr 1-3-An excellent source of basic information and activities. Double-page topic treatments address what magnetism is, how and why it works, attraction and repulsion, the earth's magnetic field, compasses, and electromagnets. Of the projects included, some can be done alone, while others require adult supervision. Clearly worded explanations of why the demonstrations or projects work and some ideas for further exploration are also given. Full-color photos are helpful and cartoon characters add to the visual appeal. The last page includes seven magnet facts and a short glossary. Youngsters will be drawn to this attractive title.-Sandra Welzenbach, Memorial High School, San Antonio, TX
Carolyn PhelanEach double-page spread in this colorful book in the Science for Fun series presents one simple science project involving magnetism. Although the author talks around the self-posed question "What Is a Magnet?" without defining or explaining the word, he ends each project with a section called "Why It Works," which contributes to a working knowledge of the subject. Even primary-grade children could make and play around with many of the projects, with help from a parent or teacher. Most of the materials are readily available supplies such as magnets, cardboard, tape, screws, nails, and compasses. Though crowd"ed with photographs and diagrams, the pages look colorful and the drawings clarify the directions. Good supplemental material."
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