Amazing Life Science Activities

9781515768869. ea vol: 24p. (First Facts: Curious Scientists). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Capstone. Aug. 2017. lib. ed. $25.32. pap. $7.95.
Gr 1–3—Visually interesting, simple science activities for lower grade levels. There are a few oldies but goodies here (rubber egg, bending water with a charged balloon, etc.) and enough unusual projects to make this series worth consideration. Though librarians should first check the materials list—a few projects require specialty supplies like magnetic powder or Epsom salts. Neat "How It Works" sidebars add pedagogic content. Kids can make a geode in an eggshell or re-create the rock cycle using crayon shavings. And if the moldy bread experiment in Life Science doesn't convince kids to wash their hands before touching food, what will?
VERDICT Ideal for science classrooms or clubs.
Young scientists will learn about weather, rocks, erosion, and solar energy through simple activities. Each project includes a materials list (most are common household items); steps to complete the activity, illustrated with photos; and a paragraph explaining how it works. Safety tips are offered as needed. Nothing groundbreaking, but good fun for primary-grade STEM curricula. Reading list. Glos., ind.

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