A classic resource for teachers is back in print. This guide for teachers is the answer to all questions children ask and all the wonders they want to investigate - from a raindrop on a leaf, to volcanos, to the mysteries of the universe.
K-Gr 3-- An encyclopedic collection of demonstrations, puzzles, facts, and charts. There are even several short science-related plays. Many of the experiments are old standards, but there are some new gems such as trying to bat half a ball or imitating animal stances as if they were yoga positions. All of the demonstrations use common materials and include appropriate safety warnings. Activities are organized in a unique manner--by the amount of time and effort involved (quick, make time, and sequential experiments), and then further subdivided by subject area. A thorough listing of books, magazines, and videotapes is also included. As a result, this title is an excellent reference source for teachers and parents. Moreover, Bosak has done a wonderful job of connecting science to other topics, such as including a relevant Sioux fable in the environment section or viewing rubbings of tree barks and leaves as art. The only problem is with the design of the book, which is a mishmash of text-laden pages, black-ink illustrations (often featuring cutesy animals), and pages splattered with different styles of boxes and type fonts. The result is hard on the eyes. --Alan Newman, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC