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The long summer days are almost here, bringing with them extra time to conduct some fun and wacky experiments indoors and out. The Next Generation Science Standards for K–Gr. 12 are coming in fall 2012 (learn more with A Framework for K–12 Science Education), but some things never change. We learn science (and many other things) by active participation; we learn by doing. One of the principles of the 1996 National Science Education Standards is that “science learning is an active process.” Encourage your students to make science learning part of summertime fun with these interactive titles.
Making a Mess in the Name of Science
Become a “Wizard of Ooze” with Crazy Concoctions, by Jordan D. Brown. Follow the steps in How to Make Slime, by Lori Shores (and then wash off the results in the sprinklers). Launch a rocket, make a metal detector, or grow your own germs with Science Rocks!, by Robert Winston. Try Kitchen Science Experiments, by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, and learn about bacteria, mold, and kitchen chemistry. (Yes, you can even make a fish mummy!)
Science on the Move
Young scientists can touch it, build it, change it, and move it all summer long with Motion, Magnets, and More, by Adrienne Mason. Does running in the rain keep you drier than walking in it? Put the question to the test with the Mythbusters Science Fair Book, by Samantha Margles. And finally, supplement your summer movie fare with Zombies and Forces and Motion, by Mark Andrew Weakland, and find out why zombies move the way they do.
Crazy Concoctions: A Mad Scientist’s Guide to Messy Mixtures. By Jordan D. Brown. Illus. by Anthony Owsley. 2012. 80p. Imagine, $14.95 (9781936140510); e-book, $9.99 (9781607340935). 540.76. Gr. 4–7.
How to Make Slime. By Lori Shores. 2010. 24p. illus. Capstone, paper, $6.95 (9781429655750); lib. ed., $23.99 (9781429644921). 620.1. PreS–Gr. 1.
Kitchen Science Experiments:How Does Your Mold Garden Grow? By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Illus. by Edward Miller. 2010. 64p. Sterling, $12.95 (9781402724138). 579. Gr. 4–7.
Motion, Magnets, and More:The Big Book of Primary Science
. By Adrienne Mason. Illus. by Claudia Dávila. 2011. 128p. Kids Can, $18.95 (9781554537075). 500.2. K–Gr. 2.
Mythbusters Science Fair Book. By Samantha Margles. 2011. 128p. illus. Scholastic, paper, $9.99 (9780545237451). 507.8. Gr. 4–8.
Science Rocks! By Robert Winston. 2011. 144p. illus. DK, $19.99 (9780756671983). 507.8. Gr. 6–9.
Zombies and Forces and Motion. By Mark Andrew Weakland. Illus. by Gervasio. 2011. 32p. Capstone, paper, $7.95 (9781429673358); lib. ed., $29.99 (9781429665773). 531. Gr. 4–7.
Anastasia Suen, the author of more than 140 books for children and adults, has taught students from kindergarten to college. She will be moderating the Nonfiction Book Blast panel at ALA’s Annual Conference in Anaheim on Saturday, June 23, 2012.
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