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Find more Top 10 Science-Project Series
Perfect for science fairs, school assignments, or plain old fun, these fantastic nonfiction series are packed with projects and backed by the science kids need to know as they tackle the activities.
FUN-damental Experiments (Bearport)
K–Gr. 3. The books in this colorful, visually appealing series promote scientific thinking in young children by asking for predictions and observations. Projects come with appropriate background information. Brief explanations of probable results appear at the end of the book.
Last-Minute Science Projects with Biomes (Enslow)
Gr. 4–6. Of Enslow’s many series on good, quick science projects, the Biomes series tends to have the most interesting activities. Each book explains the scientific method, science fairs, and particular biome, before proceeding to activities illustrated mainly by explained demonstrations.
Max Axiom Science and Engineering Activities (Capstone)
Gr. 3–4. The books in this series begin with an engaging, kid-friendly graphic-novel-style introduction to their theme. Little explanation precedes the individual projects, which are mainly demonstrations, not experiments. However, follow-up “Axiom Alternatives” prompt open-ended exploration.
More Super Simple Science (Abdo)
Gr. 2–4. This series offers a variety of simple, clearly explained activities, and includes a nice introduction to the scientific method. However, the projects themselves do not follow the scientific method—they tend to explain why something happens rather than test a hypothesis.
Physical Science Projects for Kids (Mitchell Lane)
Gr. 3–6. The books in this series present projects based on fairly sophisticated scientific concepts, such as Newton’s laws of motion. Although the photos show younger children, the level of the concepts and math introduced is probably best suited to middle-schoolers.
Read and Experiment (Capstone/Heinemann-Raintree)
Gr. 2–4. This series explicitly introduces the scientific method and features experiments that clearly follow the steps of the scientific method. The immediately provided conclusions slightly diminish the value of this approach, though. “See the Science” provides additional mini-demonstrations of concepts.
Science Adventures (Black Rabbit)
Gr. 4–6. The books in this series provide both a theoretical and a practical introduction to basic science concepts. An engaging frame story leads to yes-no predictions and simple projects. Open-ended questions and explanations of “Why It Works” prompt critical thinking, while a quiz reinforces key concepts. Though all activities are safe, a few should include stronger warnings.
Science Fair Winners (National Geographic)
Gr. 6–9. Each book in National Geographic’s Science Fair Winners series sketches out 20 science projects related to a high-interest theme (crime scenes, junkyards, genetics, etc.). Projects are presented simply, but many are quite sophisticated and might require adult help. Still, the casual writing style and playful illustrations make the books and the projects approachable.
The Universe Rocks! (QEB)
Gr. 4–6. Using appealing, fact-filled texts, these books cover popular outer-space topics. The “What did you learn?” feature makes necessary connections between the text and the various activities, which are largely centered on making models rather than answering questions.
Whiz Kid Science (Capstone/Heinemann-Raintree)
Gr. 2–4. The books in this series have busy pages packed with bright illustrations and useful features. Clear tips and troubleshooting boxes help keep young scientists on track. Explanations of “What’s Going On” tend to give away project results, but “What Next?” boxes encourage further investigation.
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