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Constellations for Every Kid: Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun (Science for Every Kid Series) Paperback – 1 Jul 1997
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Here's a great way for children to learn about the night sky. They'll find out how to locate the most prominent constellations, including the Big Dipper, Orion, Leo, Cassiopeia, and many more. And they'll have fun exploring stars, galaxies, and other celestial objects by doing activities such as creating a galaxy with a tea bag and a bowl of water, and making a planetarium with a shoebox and a flashlight.
From the Back Cover
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.
Also available in this 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
- ECOLOGY FOR EVERY KID
- GEOGRAPHY FOR EVERY KID
- GEOMETRY FOR EVERY KID
- THE HUMAN BODY FOR EVERY KID
- MATH FOR EVERY KID
- OCEANS FOR EVERY KID
- PHYSICS FOR EVERY KID
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I agree with other reviews that a brief story about each constellation will better fit the title of this book.
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.