Make lightning in your room! Keep paper dry under water! Lose weight by going upstairs! See colors that aren't there! Experience the magic of science with these quick, easy experiments and activities from Jean Potter. You can complete each activity in ten fun-filled minutes or less. Clear, step-by-step instructions and illustrations help you get it right every time. The projects help you learn about everything from why eggs aren't round to how submarines surface and submerge. You will find most of the required materials already in your home, backyard, or neighborhood, and you can perform the experiments practically anywhere. The 108 activities in this book cover twelve different subject areas, including air, animals, energy, gravity, magnetism, light, the human body, and much more. You'll make a rainbow right on your floor, pop a balloon with a magnifying glass, make a coffee can roll back to you after you've pushed it away, and bend water as it streams from your faucet--all with the help of a leading educator. Children Ages 8-12
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 Nature in a Nutshell for Kids, also available from Jossey-Bass.
Partial table of contents: AIR. Dry Paper. Air Rocket. Air Push. Book Lift. Dusty Air. Gusty Going. ANIMALS. Cat's Paws. Egg Shape. Snail Age. Fresh Oysters. Insect Buzz. COLORS. Water Rainbow. New Mix. Balloon Stretch. Hot Colors. Chromatography. ENERGY. Hot Ice. Sun Burst. Windmill. Raisin Raising. GRAVITY. Balancing Act. Personal Gravity. Pendulum Plus. Pencil Fall. THE HUMAN BODY. Pulse Watch. Eye Light. Old Shoes. LIGHT. Tiny Mirror. Light Beams. Stick Mirror. Changing Shadows. MACHINES. Lever Lift. Easy Move. Sand Clock. Roll Can. MAGNETISM. Making Moves. Filing Forces. Wrong Readings. Magnet Chain. MAGNIFICATION. Comb Rays. Word Flip. Eyeglass Lenses. Telescope Image. WATER. Circle Thread. Window Fog. Making Money. WEATHER. Wind Sail. Wind Chill. Dew Point. Cricket Thermometer. Glossary. Further Reading. Experiment Index.