Want to learn about astronomy, sun rotation, black holes, and more? In the "Arty Facts" series, themes of science are linked to various art projects. After reading about the phases of the moon, create a paint and glitter collage. Days on Jupiter last less than ten hours, so the spinning stirs up violent whirling winds. The red spot on this planet is a strong hurricane that has been spiraling for 300 years. Make a papier-m�ch� Jupiter and use glass beads for the spot. Making a space station out of cardboard, wire, plastic bottles, and foil would be a fun group activity. Learn about the life of stars, how telescopes work, galactic swirls, and various planets. Utilizing a variety of materials, children can create many products such as an asteroid belt, a Mercury maze game, or alien life forms. Adult supervision may be needed for some structures, and others projects can spark some individual creations. Materials include paints, glitter, clay, cardboard, and foil. Goodman's book would be a good choice for cross curriculum activities. Excellent photographs and illustrations as well as an index, glossary, and materials guide are included. Children are sure to have fun making some "out of this world" projects. 2002, Crabtree Publishing,
Laura Hummel <%ISBN%>0778711404
Gr 2-4-In these two titles, the subjects are divided into 22 double-page descriptions, with the left-hand page offering factual information and a related art project appearing on the right. For instance, in Space, the topics include Saturn's rings, aliens, black holes, etc. Structures looks at tents, skyscrapers, and pyramids as well as stained glass, highways, glassblowing, plastics, etc. While many of the projects are educational, several of them are just for fun. Children will enjoy the interconnected facts and activities, and busy teachers trying to extend their lessons with meaningful art activities will also appreciate them.-Cathie Reed, The Montessori School, Lutherville, MD Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.