Item description for Janice VanCleave's The Human Body for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Science Fun (Science for Every Kid Series) by Janice VanCleave...
Overview Provides detailed instructions for experiments involving cells, the brain, the senses, breathing, circulation, and other areas of the human body
Publishers Description What makes the heart beat faster or slower? How do tightrope walkers keep their balance? Why does spinning fast cause dizziness? Explore the mysteries and the workings of the human body through this fascinating collection of ideas, projects, and activities. Have fun while you learn about everything from the body's basic building blocks to how the brain receives messages from other parts of the body. Make a model of a human cell that you can eat for dessert. Make a working model of a human lung from a soda bottle, a balloon, and a garbage bag. Through these and other activities, you'll find out how your lungs supply air to your blood and your heart pumps blood throughout your body; how your body sees, hears, feels, smells, and tastes the world around it; how you lose and regain up to five pounds of skin every year; and much more. Most of the materials you need are already part of you; the rest you will easily find around the house or classroom. Every activity has been "child tested" and can be performed safely and cheaply in the classroom, at a science fair, or at home. Also available in the series from Janice VanCleave: Astronomy for Every Kid 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 Math for Every Kid Physics for Every Kid Kids.
Citations And Professional Reviews Janice VanCleave's The Human Body 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 - 01/01/2010 page 453
School Library Journal - 05/01/1995 page 116
Booklist - 04/15/1995 page 1496
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1995 page 359
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 263
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 225
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 298
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Feb 20, 1995
Publisher John Wiley And Sons
ISBN 0471024082 ISBN13 9780471024088
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.
Janice VanCleave has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Janice VanCleave's The Human Body for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Science Fun (Science for Every Kid Series)?
Not so much Aug 23, 2006
While this is full of information, it wasn't really what I was looking for. This might be good for kids over 10/12, however it's presented w/ silly science experiments that they may be too cool for, by that age. Basically, it's complex science w/ silly experiments. My daughter likes doing the experiments, but she doesn't get much out of them because the science is too advanced.
Be demanding like your children Jul 17, 2006
My five year old is fascinated by the human body so I bought this book in additon to a basic anatomy book, What's the Big Secret? by Laura Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (creator of Arthur books), The Magic School Bus Inside Ralphie and The Human Body by Dr. Marie Rose.
The experiments featured in this book don't take very long to conduct and use the most basic household materials. Not all the experiments seemed instructive for his age but I'm looking forward to future explorations with him.
Because I have such a young audience, I had think up further applications of the concepts presented in order to make the experiments a more effective learning experience for him. For instance, the model lung we made effectively showed how the diaphragm allows us to take air into our lungs but what made a lasting impression was when I showed him how the diaphragm moves during a hiccup. Why wasn't this suggested in the book? A couple weeks later my son showed me how our neighbor smokes 'sticks' so I filled the model lung with molasses to represent how 'soot' from cigarette smoking interferes with lung expansion. The molasses made the model useless (and sticky) vividly demonstrating how 'soot' interferes with oxygen intake. I suspect VanCleave could come up with a better experiment to demonstrate how smoking harms lungs.
Other experiments are not as didactic but create intrigue about the human body. Both my five year old and three year old were thoroughly engrossed in an experiment from the chapter about modified skin cells (hair and nails) that involved testing the strength of different hair types. Although the hair experiment is memorable it's the only experiment offered in a chapter that really peaked their interest.
This book is a valuable part of our home library but I give it only three stars because my kids want to know more so I figure I should demand a little more from the title.
TRUELY a book for any kid, any age Jun 12, 2000
A great teaching tool. This informative and well illustrated book is a great homeschool tool. We homeschool 4 children ages 5 to 12 and this book is adaptable to all levels of learning. Exercises and activities will keep your kids wanting to move to the next chapter. Each of the major systems of the human body are presented in a clear and understandable way. Janice VanCleave takes you and your child from human cell division all the way to reproduction.(no explicit graphics used). We particularly enjoyed the chapters on the human brain where there are many hands on activities to give the kids a better understanding of how the brain works. If you have kids and your trying to teach them something about human anatomy, THIS IS THE BOOK TO GET.