The Leaping, Sliding, Sprinting, Riding Science Book: 50 Super Sports Science Activities

The Leaping, Sliding, Sprinting, Riding Science Book: 50 Super Sports Science Activities

by Bobby Mercer, Tom LaBaff
     
 
What's the secret to longer baseball hits and football kicks? Do you need more than strong legs to run quickly? Does making a racket while using a tennis racket make you a better player? To play your best, or to find out how the top athletes do what they do, investigate the science behind your favorite sports with these activities. Get your body in motion and your

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What's the secret to longer baseball hits and football kicks? Do you need more than strong legs to run quickly? Does making a racket while using a tennis racket make you a better player? To play your best, or to find out how the top athletes do what they do, investigate the science behind your favorite sports with these activities. Get your body in motion and your brain in high gear!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
Anyone who ever thought that physics is a boring subject never thought about it in terms of sports. In this lively illustrated science book, Bobby Mercer takes a look at all the physics that go into everything from running to skateboarding to baseball. Each experiment includes a list of materials required, instructions, and a description the physics involved in each action. While some of the experiments require traveling to places like an athletic field or swimming pool, many can be done in the home or classroom. The book also includes a thorough glossary and a conversion chart for basic units of measurement. The uses for this book are endless: individual student projects, ideas for both science and physical education teachers, party games, warm-up activities for sports. A great way to get active children interested in science, or introduce more scientifically minded students into the fun of sports.
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8 - Mercer uses sports moves and activities to teach physics and other science concepts. He explains numerous complex terms, including density, biomechanics, the Magnus effect, friction, and laminar flow. Many of the activities require kids to be outside with bikes, Frisbees, hockey sticks, baseball bats, etc. Others require objects such as a bungee cord, a stopwatch, a protractor, or cans of soup. Some experiments are easily done at home. The range is from simple (freezing sneakers to compare traction) to complex (teaching oneself to do an ollie on a skateboard). Each activity has a list of equipment and instructions for performing it, followed by a section that explains the science behind it. The lively and colorful illustrations make the book seem as if it is for elementary school kids, but the activities and science concepts discussed are more appropriate for middle schoolers. Motivated readers will find a lot of fun projects to experiment with, but this book will probably get the most use from science educators, who will find a wealth of inspiration and ideas.-Marcia Kochel, Olson Middle School, Bloomington, MN

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579907853
Publisher:
Lark Books NC
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
IG920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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