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Six-minute nature experiments
Brynie, Faith Hickman, 1946-
Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub., [1999]

Physical Description:
80 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Provides instructions for simple science experiments, using everyday materials to explore weight, water, heat and chemistry, motion, botany, and the sun.
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Includes index.
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Q164 .B9 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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What a wonderful world we live in--and these fifty imaginative science experiments vividly demonstrate to kids concepts of nature such as gravity, evaporation, friction, density, and absorption. All you need are simple household articles. Fun's a-Poppin': Which is heavier--popped or unpopped popcorn? Harvey and Harry want to know...and here's a "way to weigh" them. All Puddled Up: It rained and rained...but now the sun's out and the water will soon disappear. Where does it go? And which puddles will dry more quickly--the ones that are deep or the shallow ones? How Does Your Garden Grow?: Gary Gardener and Belinda Blossom agree--it takes more than just sticking seeds in the ground to grow a great plant. With a few sponges, shallow pans, birdseed, water, and measuring utensils, see what they mean. Plus: Have barrels of fun building toy boats, preparing frozen yogurt, making music, creating abstract paintings and racing toy cars! 80 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 11.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Simple science experiments that explore the natural world. Brynie encourages kids to "find ideas and answers that were there all the time, just waiting" to be discovered. The 39 activities, each described on one or two pages, explore weight, water, temperature, sound, motion, the sun, and more. A complete listing of required materials (mostly everyday items), easy step-by-step instructions, and clear illustrations will make this book popular with parents. Children will like the animal characters that introduce each experiment and the fact that most of the results are immediate. Questions for readers to consider before beginning are included with each experiment and are then referenced to a concluding "Why-Oh-Why?" section that explains briefly the science behind the activity. With its easy experiments and colorful packaging, this book is sure to be popular.-Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Welcomep. 4
The Kiss Methodp. 5
Some Weighty Questionsp. 6
A Way to Weighp. 6
Fun's A-Poppin'p. 8
That Sinking Feelingp. 10
A Cotton Talep. 11
Boatloadsp. 12
When's a Boatful Not a Boat, Full?p. 13
What about Water?p. 14
All Puddled-Upp. 14
Rain, Man!p. 16
The Freezin' Seasonp. 18
Soap Boatsp. 19
Wet, Wetter, Wettestp. 21
Heat and Coldp. 23
A Heat Wavep. 23
The Greenhouse Effectp. 24
Hot Colorsp. 25
Slim-sulation Onep. 27
Slim-sulation Toop. 29
Cuddle in the Coldp. 31
Yodel for Yogurtp. 32
Crafty Chemistryp. 34
Rust before Your Eyesp. 34
Salty Skatingp. 36
An Icy Hang-Upp. 37
One-Way Waterwayp. 38
The Sound of Musicp. 40
A Lip-Tickling Tooterp. 40
The Big-Note Banjop. 41
A Water Violinp. 43
Chuckling Charliep. 44
Moving Alongp. 45
Speed Skatingp. 45
Way-out Wallopp. 47
Runaway Rabbitp. 49
Shifty Gearsp. 51
Somersault for Sciencep. 53
Looking at Lifep. 55
Food for Thoughtp. 55
How Does Your Garden Grow?p. 57
A Cozy Posy Greenhousep. 59
Up, Up, and Awayp. 61
Worming Out of Itp. 63
The Earthp. 65
A Slant on Seasonsp. 65
Sunshine, Sun Timep. 68
An Angle on the Sunp. 70
Why-Oh-Why?--The Science Behind Six-Minute Nature Experimentsp. 72
Indexp. 80