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Janice Vancleave

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  • Item #: 038289
    ISBN: 9780471471820
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    This title includes 25 projects designed to explore structural engineering, solar engineering, and chemical engineering.
  • Item #: 029218
    ISBN: 9780471252221
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    What a great idea! Janice VanCleave introduces kids to the lives of famous scientists through short biographies and simple experiments that illustrates each scientist's discovery. The book is divided into two parts. Part One introduces types of scientists (astronomers, biologists, chemists, earth scientists, and physicists), although more than 5 types are profiled in this book. Here, you'll learn about the general history of each field. Part Two covers 20 specific scientists, each with an easy to read biography with scientific terms printed in bold so they can be referenced in the included glossary. Each biography is followed by an experiment, an extension activity, and recommendations for additional reading about that scientist. Aside from scientists you'd typically expect to be in a book like this (Einstein, the Curies, Galileo), many are refreshingly new names (Alhazen - optics, Mary Anning - paleontology, Rachel Carson - environmental biology). ~ Anh

  • Item #: 027250
    ISBN: 9780471205470
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    Janice Van Cleave is well known for her fun and educational science books and this book is no exception. Covering "biomes from pole to pole", this supplemental science book contains thirty activities covering forests (tropical, deciduous, coniferous), grasslands (temperate and tropical), deserts (hot and cold) and the highland and lowland tundra. Each activity begins with introductory information and includes the purpose of the activity, necessary materials, procedure, expected results with explanation, an additional activity and a book resource list for further investigation. Activities are centered on commonly found items and materials. Black and white illustrations. pb, 120 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 025103
    ISBN: 9780471330967
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    Often, the most fascinating subjects can be found right outside our doors, and the changing seasons supply endless opportunities for investigation and observation of all of our "I wonder why that happens?" questions. In this hands-on activity book, author Janice VanCleave has rounded up 52 season-based scientific investigations, grouped by season, each linked to particular science phenomena that are related to that season. For example, in autumn, kids can make their own pinecone hygrometers to determine outdoor humidity, or compare sun and clock time with a sundial. Spring, on the other hand, is the perfect time to get an up-close look at the vein patterns on clover leaves, or to find the Big Dipper and Ursa Major in the sky at night. Each investigation is printed on a two-page spread, which features some related information about the topic, a fun fact, a simple investigation with step-by-step instructions, investigation results and explanations, a list of recommended books for further reading, and an extension activity. Like the author's other books, the activities are well-laid out, require a few simple materials, and offer clear explanations that children can easily understand. These activities in particular are geared to younger students, and are typically short and exciting to correlate with younger children's attention spans. As an addition to your regular science curriculum, or just for fun, there are lots of interesting topics from all branches of science to choose from here, as well as opportunities for additional reading/exploration. - Jess

  • Item #: 025105
    ISBN: 9780471330974
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    This time, Janice VanCleave takes us through the history of science, with an focus on each scientific discipline and how it has changed over time. The book consists of six chapters, which examine the histories of: science, astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. Each chapter and experiment opens with a "Did You Know" section to acquaint students with that time period, or an explanation of how a similar experiment was important to scientific discovery. Once the students understand the context, it's time to experiment! An objective or purpose, materials list, step-by-step directions, results, additional information and bibliography are included for each activity. For example, in the experiment on planetary motion, students will read about how early astronomers plotted orbits, then make a model of Neptune and Pluto's orbits, and discover for themselves why they don't "crash into each other". Neccessary materials are all around-the-house items, and as the experiments are geared for the elementary ages, most of them are not terribly involved or difficult to do. Even scientists too young to "stand on the shoulders of giants" can follow in their footsteps with these activities! - Jess

  • Item #: 008045
    ISBN: 9780471102694
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  • Item #: 008049
    ISBN: 9780471032311
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    ISBN: 9781448884612
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    ISBN: 9781448884636
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    ISBN: 9781448884711
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    ISBN: 9781448884650
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    ISBN: 9781448884674
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    ISBN: 9781448884698
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  • Item #: 012848
    ISBN: 9780471525059
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  • Item #: 008032
    ISBN: 9780471024088
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    This Janice VanCleave book follows the format of her other books with easy to understand explanations and line drawings. However, while her other books are based around experiments, there aren't as many in this book. It is more of a learning book to teach about the different aspects of the body. But there are activities, thought provoking questions, and experiments mixed in throughout the book for kids to work through while they gain a better understanding of how the body functions. - Melissa

  • Item #: 018297
    ISBN: 9780471330998
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    Covers energy and work, potential energy, kinetic energy, sound energy, batteries, and renewable energy resources.
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    ISBN: 9780471159797
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    ISBN: 9780471535737
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    ISBN: 9780471503811
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  • Item #: 025097
    ISBN: 9780471176657
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    The hands-on activities, thinking exercises, and humorous illustrations accompanying the interesting text in this book will draw students into the science of food and nutrition. Janice VanCleave offers 232 pages of explanations and experiments for students which easily teach about carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and vitamins; the food pyramid; food labels; maintaining a healthy body weight; digestion; taste; enzymes; acids and bases; and many other critical aspects of nutrition. Each of the 25 chapters begins with an interesting description of the nutritional component or process being studied and then offers short thinking exercises, followed by a simple, fun experiment visually depicting the attributes of the passage.