Science lovers beware. You are going to have a blast with this book. Filled with 50 experiments you can try out at home or school, be prepared to learn in a fun hands-on way.
The experiments are grouped under seven categories:
- SNOW AND ICE
- SURVIVAL SKILL
- FEEL THE FORCE
- ANIMAL SUPERPOWERS
- SPECIAL F/X
- WATER WAY TO ACT
- HOT STUFF
They each begin with a safety check (Simple, Tricky, or Difficult) and letting young scientist know who you need to assist with the experiment. Many of the experiments can be done without an adult hovering too close, but the author recommends adult supervision for all, especially with those marked with “Grab a Grown-Up.” Parents can begin by reading the Safety Tips and Guidelines in the front pages that sets the stage for safe practices throughout.
Clearly stated for each experiment are science concepts covered, how long it takes to complete, materials needed, and what to do. I tried out several (Ice Candle, Elephant Toothpaste, and Make a Groovy Lava Lamp). I was not always successful on the first try, but that’s how science works. The book was created with the help of three dozen kids, several adults, and one dog. You’ll see them trying out the experiments with the colorful pictures on each page.
Also included are STEM connections for every project and valuable advice for anyone pursuing a successful science fair project.
Whoops, that’s all for now. I have to get back to another experiment, p. 136, and my new biodegradable, edible water bottle!
Coming up next week is another MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY.
If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count–but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you’re featuring and a link to your blog at gpcolo (at) gmail (dot) com
(Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and please don’t forget to say what book you’re featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.
Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome tradition begun by Shannon Messenger and for spreading the middle grade love!
*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.