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Janice VanCleave's Teaching the Fun of Science to Young Learners: Grades Pre-K through 2

ISBN: 978-0-471-47184-4
224 pages
February 2008
Janice VanCleave


The book's 75 lessons and reproducible activities touch on all areas of science and provide the key to a world of science magic and mystery. While kids will have fun doing the activities and learning to love science, they are also being encouraged to develop other skills, including reading, writing, math, and art.

The book is designed to help young students catch the "science bug" and find the answers for themselves to these and other questions:
  • Why do cats have whiskers?
  • How does a caterpillar change into a butterfly?
  • Why do elephants have such large ears?
  • How does a grasshopper grow?
  • Why is the skin on my elbows so wrinkled?
  • Why does food taste different when I have a cold?
  • How can we make perfume from flower petals?
  • Why does my shadow change during the day?
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Table of Contents



I. Observing.

1. Sight.

2. Hearing.

3. Smell.

4. Taste.

5. Touch.

II. Communicating.

6. Model.

7. Data.

III. Making and Using Definitions.

8. New Words.

9. Dictionary Skills.

IV. Measuring and Estimating.

10. Length.

11. Capacity.

12. Weight.

13. Time.

14. Temperature.

V. Grouping.

15. Classifying.

16. Sequencing.

VI. Investigating.

17. Variables.

18. Scientific Method.



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Author Information

Janice VanCleave is a former science teacher who now spends her time writing and giving science workshops. She is the author of over forty-five children's science books with sales totaling over 2 million copies.

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Related Websites / Extra

Science Project Ideas for KidsRead Janice VanCleave's science blog for more great project ideas.
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