Item description for Janice Vancleaves Astronomy For Every Kid (Science For Every Kid) by Janice VanCleave...
Overview The author's hands-on science books for kids ages 8 through 12 have set a new standard in science activity books. Children, parents, and teachers have come to love them for their dozens of illuminating illustrations, VanCleave's economical, friendly style, and above all, the hundreds of safe, low-cost experiments and activities that make learning scientific basics an exciting adventure.
Publishers Description Why do planets spin? How hot is the Sun? What keeps the Moon in orbit around the Earth? What are Saturns rings made of? Whats a black hole in space? Now you can discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions about basic astronomy. In Astronomy for Every Kid youll learn about the constellations using a shoe box planetarium. Youll chart the movement of the stars with nothing but a string, a marker, and a nail. And youll use a toy magnet to simulate the Earths protective force field. Each of the 101 experiments is broken down into its purpose, a list of materials, step-by-step instructions, expected results, and an easy to understand explanation. Every activity has been pretested and can be performed safely and inexpensively in the classroom or at home. Also available in this series from Janice VanCleave: Biology for Every Kid Chemistry for Every Kid Dinosaurs for Every Kid Earth Science for Every Kid Geography for Every Kid Geometry for Every Kid The Human Body for Every Kid Math for Every Kid Physics for Every Kid
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1991
Publisher John Wiley And Sons
Series Science For Every Kid
ISBN 0471535737 ISBN13 9780471535737
Availability 0 units.
More About Janice VanCleave
Janice VanCleave is a former teacher who has written more than forty books for children. She has led Christian workshops using many of the activities in this book and is a bountiful resource for Christian educators.
Janice VanCleave has an academic affiliation as follows - Riesel Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Janice Vancleaves Astronomy For Every Kid?
Absolutely Wonderful! Nov 30, 1999
As a mom who home-schools her kids, this book has been invaluable for keeping the fun and interest in teaching Astronomy. Janice VanCleave's book have been a great assest to our library.
I wish I hadn't bought this... Nov 30, 1999
This book is a big disappointment. I don't know very much about astronomy, but I have done a lot of experiments with my kids. The better experiments in this collection are basic scientific experiments we have done before with a page of explanation on how it relates to astronomy...or how it is a simulation of something in astronomy, which I feel is misleading to the kids.
Other experiments are not even experiments, but demonstrations of things so obvious that most kids can visualize them without a demonstration. For example, stirring tea leaves in a jar with a pencil to simulate a hurricane on Jupiter.
Only one experiment sounded interesting--a sun dial that can act as a compass. But wait! The compass is only accurate two days out of the year, and there is no explanation of the science behind the experiment.
I want my money back!!!!
Packed with errors. Nov 30, 1999
This book looks like it tried too hard to be about astronomy. It takes reasonable experiments about basic scientific principles and tacks on explanations related to astronomy that ignore other factors (i.e. both reflectivity and distance from the sun are seperately listed as the reason a planet is hotter when Venus is neither the darkest nor the closest), are overly obscure, or just plain wrong (appearance of 'the man in the moon' caused by shadows).
I have worked in an astronomy museum for six years, and this book has me pausing to try and comprehend what the book is trying to do. I am not familiar with the other Janice VanCleave books, but I specifically recommend AGAINST this one.