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Janice VanCleave's Constellations for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Science Fun (Science for Every Kid Series) [Paperback]

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Item description for Janice VanCleave's Constellations for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Science Fun (Science for Every Kid Series) by Janice VanCleave...

Fun exercises, step-by-step activities, and clear astronomical charts teach children how to locate the most prominent constellations and explore galaxies and other celestial objects on trips or in their own backyard. Original.

Publishers Description
Where can you find Leo the lion?
How can you bring a constellation into your room?
What are the oldest stars?
How did the Milky Way Galaxy get its name?
Now you can explore the answers to these and other questions in Janice VanCleave's Constellations for Every Kid. Find the constellations Draco, Libra, Hydra, Hercules, and many more from your own backyard. Make a star disk that can track star movements. Find out what a balloon can tell us about stars. With activities like making an astronomer's flashlight and a shoebox planetarium, Janice VanCleave's Constellations for Every Kid will have you reaching for the stars.
Each of the activities begins with a statement of purpose, followed by 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 at home or in the classroom.
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Citations And Professional Reviews
Janice VanCleave's Constellations for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Science Fun (Science for Every Kid Series) by Janice VanCleave has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 201
  • School Library Journal - 10/01/1997 page 156
  • Booklist - 12/01/1997 page 622
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1998 page 20
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 164

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Wiley
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 1997
Publisher   John Wiley And Sons
Age  9-12
ISBN  0471159794  
ISBN13  9780471159797  
UPC  723812159796  

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More About Janice VanCleave

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Janice VanCleave has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Science for Every Kid
  2. Science Series

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Reviews - What do customers think about Janice VanCleave's Constellations for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Science Fun (Science for Every Kid Series)?

A great book to start : kids or adults alike !!  May 27, 2007
I like this book because it gives only a couple important concepts in each chapter, therefore, makes it easier to learn without feeling overwhelmed. I also like how some important concepts are explained using concrete examples. For instance, the concept of "parallax (the apparent shift in position of an object when viewed from different places)" is explained in such a way that everyone can easily relates to "To understand ......palce your thumb near your nose, then look at it, closing one eye at a time. Your thumb seems to jump from side to side as you see a different background behind it. Stars, like your thumb, seem to move when viewed from differt positions."

I agree with other reviews that a brief story about each constellation will better fit the title of this book.
useful but limited  Jan 29, 2003
Janice VanCleave's "Constellations For Every Kid" is one of the books I used to teach an astronomy unit to the boys I help homeschool. It is quite limited in its scope -- containing only the northern constellations and no complete star maps -- but is very useful for basic constellation identification. I used it mostly as a source of seasonal star maps for the boys to copy. It also helpfully identifies some key stars in various constellations, and provides tips for finding various constellations once the positions of others are known.

However, this is about all the book is good for. The explanations of various phenomena are extremely limited, VanCleave provides none of the legends behind the constellations, and her suggested questions and activities are often impractical or pointless. (She also turned Saggitarius into some unholy thing she dubbed 'The Teapot.' Sheesh.) The book wavers between being a teacher's handbook and a student's textbook -- and fills neither purpose very well.

In other words, don't buy it. Skim through it and take any useful activities and explanations, but don't be too disappointed if you come away with only a few ideas.

Not what I hoped  Feb 24, 2000
This book is almost entirely about finding specific constellations in the sky. If that's what you want, then it's for you. It is not about constellations in general, nor does it have star stories. It only has a few "activities." I bought it to use in my classroom, but haven't touched it. I have to wonder why I bought it, because I have the same opinion of Janice VanCleave's books....they look good, but there isn't all that much substance. I just had a weak moment! This one is worse than usual.
Great book  Jan 2, 1999
My 7 year old daughter and I have had a great time with Constellations For Every Kid. Each chapter provides a "bite size" chunk of information, a stargazing opportunity, questions to reinforce what was taught, and an astronomy-related activity. Other strong points include simple but quality illustrations and helpful pronunciation guides. The book covers topics like the general motion of the sky, precession, ecliptic, variable stars, spectral types, folklore, as well as the names of the stars and consteallations clearly, with enough depth to be interesting but not so much detail as to be overwhelming. In short, My daughter may not remember all the specifics but she's getting the basic ideas and we're having fun in the process.

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