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Janice VanCleave's Astronomy for Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments that Really Work (Science for Every Kid Series): 101 Experiments That Really Work Paperback – 10 Apr 1991

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (10 April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471535737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471535737
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why do planets spin? How hot is the Sun? What keeps the Moon in orbit around the Earth? What are Saturn’s rings made of? What’s 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 you’ll learn about the constellations using a shoe box planetarium. You’ll chart the movement of the stars with nothing but a string, a marker, and a nail. And you’ll use a toy magnet to simulate the Earth’s 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

About the Author

JANICE VANCLEAVE is a former school science teacher and a captivating presenter at museums, schools, and bookstores nationwide. She is the author of more than twenty other science books for children.


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By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
These books have just the right balance of fun and education. They are structured classically and scientifically starting with equipment needed (all very easily obtained), the procedure, what you should observe and ending with an excellent clear explnantion of the science behind the observation. Our two children aged eight and ten are really enjoying using these books. I believe science is fun and unlike 'school-type' curriculum science these books provide a way for children to explore and find out about the world around them for themselves.
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A brilliant book that explains astronomical concepts with a pencil, a penny and some stickyback plastic. Blue Peter write large
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very satisfied customer! Thanks!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Teacher or Home Experiment Resource 6 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am never disappointed by a Janice VanCleave Book!
This book lends itself well to experimenting with earth science using the scientific method. It outlines the purpose, materials needed, procedure, results expected, and explanation of results for each experiment. Experiments are included in the areas of space, rocks and minerals, movement of the earth's crust, erosion, atmosphere, weather, and ocean. The best thing is that they use common, easy to obtain materials!
I use these books in my classroom a lot!
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Packed with errors. 2 Jun. 2002
By Paul K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I hadn't bought this... 18 Jan. 2007
By The Handy Lady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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!!!!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Young Children 6 Oct. 2006
By R. Union - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful. It gives you the experiments and provides explanations for the results. I have five and six year old sons and they love the experiments from this book. I'm buying it after renewing it at the library several times.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 7 Jun. 2011
By Dani Arteri - Published on Amazon.com
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I teach 7th grade Earth Science; even though this book is geared towards 3rd-6th grade, so many of the activities are useful demos and short hands-on activities to deepen the learning of my students.

I love the set-up of the book: it is divided into the various divisions of Earth Science (astronomy, rocks and minerals, oceans, etc) and has a TON of experiments in each section. They are all easy to do; most use materials from around the house. The few that don't use materials that are easy to find at any store. Each experiment is supplemented by a simple, yet very clear illustration, easy-to-follow steps, and an explanation of why the experiment works the way it does.

If you teach middle school, VanCleave's books are great to have!!
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