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Janice VanCleave is a former secondary classroom teacher who has written more than 50 science and math books for children and educators. Her books include Janice VanCleave's Help! My Science Project Is Due Tomorrow! Easy Experiments You Can Do Overnight, Janice Vancleave's Engineering for Every show more Kid: Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun, and Janice Vancleave's Rocks and Minerals: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn into Science Fair Projects. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Very simple experiments for young children. Why to objects roll downhill? What makes a ball bounce? Why do I have a shadow? It is informative, but not very exciting to read.
 
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S.Becnel | 1 other review | Sep 4, 2018 |
"Janice VanCleave loves to teach kids about science. She's the award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the bestselling 'Science for Every Kid' and 'Spectacular Science Projects' series." Source: The book's back cover. The illustrator, Michele Nidenhoff, has illustrated multiple children's books and her work has appeared in various magazines and educational publications. "[This work] [p]resents simple experiments answering such questions about the human body as 'Why does my skin pucker up when I take a long bath?' 'Why are my bones hard?' and 'How much breath do I have?'" Source: Summary from the title page. The reviewer for 'School Library Journal' said of this work, "[It has] stunningly clear, direct, and informative projects." The appendix has section summaries for categories of the body, such as skin, circulation, digestion, etc. A glossary is provided and the book is well indexed.… (more)
 
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uufnn | 1 other review | Jul 11, 2018 |
This book initially intrigued me because it was a trip down memory lane since I used Janice VanCleave books back in middle school to help give me ideas for science fair projects. While I realize this book was more for an elementary or middle school level, I found some activities that could be used as fantastic demonstrations in the high school classroom. Think a transparent earthworm home to demonstrate niches, or an ant farm to clearly show how division of labor works in a colony, or 3 different plants with 3 different watering treatments to show the effects of acid rain. All such simple activities, but the way she puts these activities in the context of ecological concepts made reading this book SO worth while!… (more)
 
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