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Nature in a nutshell for kids : over 100 activities you can do in ten minutes or less
Potter, Jean, 1947-
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Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [1995]

Physical Description:
viii, 136 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Central Library QH54.5 .P67 1995 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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Make bubbles that bounce! Stir up a tornado in a jar! Make elastic from a dandelion! Predict weather from cloud formations! Discover the beauty and wonder of nature all year round with these quick, easy experiments and activities from Jean Potter. You can complete each activity in ten fun-filled minutes or less, and the clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations help you get it right every time. The projects are organized by season and help you learn about everything from why grass is green to how seals stay warm in icy arctic waters. You will find most of the materials already in your home, backyard, or neighborhood. The 112 activities in this book cover every aspect of the natural world, including plant and animal life, weather, ecology, rocks and minerals, the senses, the stars, and much more. You'll build a mountain the same way the earth does, find out whether your neighborhood ants prefer sugar or artificial sweetener, discover why maple seeds act like tiny helicopters, and explore the effects of acid rain on plants--all with the help of a leading educator. Children Ages 8-12

Author Notes

JEAN POTTER has taught children of all ages and served as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education for the United States. She is an award-winning author of books and educational materials for young children, including Science in Seconds for Kids, also available from Wiley.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-An appealing hands-on introduction to natural science. Each of the 102 experiments is easy, uses safe and mostly readily available household supplies, and is fun at the same time. Divided into seasonal sections, the activities have catchy titles, state hypotheses, list materials, lay out procedures, and finish with clear explanations. Among the noteworthy investigations are: how duck feathers react to water, how mountains are formed, what keeps a seal from freezing in icy weather, whether ants prefer sugar or aspertame, and more. This title compares favorably with Robert Brown's 200 Illustrated Science Experiments for Children (TAB, 1987) and Janice Van Cleave's 200 Gooey, Slippery, Slimy, Weird & Fun Experiments (John Wiley, 1992). Clear but undistinguished pen-and-ink drawings appear on every page. A useful glossary, addresses of science organizations, and an extensive list for further reading are appended. An entertaining addition that will encourage youngsters to consider the wonders around them.-Amy Adler, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents
Acid Rain
Closed Cones
Cloud Creation
Duck Feathers
Easy Ecosystem
Erosion Slant
Hard Water
Pond Inspection
Seed Embryo
Soil Sample
Spring Hunt
Dense Dip
Fish Age
Greenhouse Heat
Inside Shells
Male Moths
Moon Bright
Night Sounds
Ocean Foam
Sand Colors
Secret Place
Shadow Watch
Snail Study
Spider Legs
Ant Tracking
Carrot Tops
Cherry Soak
Fruit Nuts
Leaf Pigment
Maple Flight
Nest Inspection
Quick Spoil
Rotting Tree
Tree Damage
Water Speed
Blowing Snow
Cold Hands
Crystal Study
Frost Formation
Ice Space
Pond Melt
Star Gaze
Tree Age
Winter Bubbles
Nature and Environmental Organizations
Further Reading

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