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11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill

11 Experiments That Failed

by Jenny Offill, Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)

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I absolutely loved this book! Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter write about a young girl who completes various experiments. The entire book is basically written in lists consisting of questions, hypotheses, materials, procedures, and results. This is awesome because students will eventually set up their own experiments up in this way. I like how the main character is a young girl considering the stereotype is that scientists are usually older men. I also like that Offill wrote about failing experiments. It is so important for young students to know that it is acceptable for something to not go as planned. That is a very important concept to grasp and embrace. ( )
  cedoyle | Apr 21, 2016 |
This book introduces students to the scientific method. Each scenario starts with a question and a hypothesis. Then the scenario is put to the test and finally a conclusion is reached. Every time the experiment fails, and the child goes on to try another. This is a funny book which children would get a good laugh out of, but at the same time they will have an understanding of the scientific method. I can see this book being used before a science project to get students in the spirit of trying new experiments. ( )
  cchaney | Apr 19, 2016 |
Great writing story starter. What experiment would you try and what would happen as a result? ( )
  jnmwheels | Apr 3, 2016 |
The story teaches many science concepts in an easy way. It provides step-by-step instructions through eleven failed projects. They use simple, everyday things that children could actually preform. ( )
  hspanier | Nov 9, 2015 |
36 months - ask question, predict outcomes, try new things, we will revisit this one. This would be a good read right before the first science experiment. Introduce kids to hypothesizing. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375847626, Hardcover)

"This is a most joyful and clever whimsy, the kind that lightens the heart and puts a shine on the day," raved Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.

Is it possible to eat snowballs doused in ketchup—and nothing else—all winter? Can a washing machine wash dishes? By reading the step-by-step instructions, kids can discover the answers to such all-important questions along with the book's curious narrator. Here are 12 "hypotheses," as well as lists of "what you need," "what to do," and "what happened" that are sure to make young readers laugh out loud as they learn how to conduct science experiments (really!).

Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter—the ingenious pair that brought you 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore—have outdone themselves in this brilliant and outrageously funny book.

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A young child tries a series of wacky experiments, such as seeing if a piece of bologna will fly like a frisbee and determining whether seedlings will grow if watered with expensive perfume, and then must suffer the consequences of experiments gone awry.… (more)

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