Reviews for Earth's Cycles : Great Science Projects About the Water Cycle, Photosynthesis, and More

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
Gardner takes familiar experiments geared toward motivated science learners and gives them an eco-twist. Some are straightforward demonstrations of basic science while others explore aspects of alternative and sustainable science and technologies. Sections of background information further expand the green science coverage. Photographs and diagrams help illustrate the necessary equipment and setups. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Team Green Science Projects titles: Air, Earth's Cycles, Energy, Recycle, Soil, and Water.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 April

Gr 5-9--Gardner's in-depth exploration of green topics will inspire interested students to think outside of the book to discover dynamic science-fair projects and perhaps even pursue careers in the ever-expanding field of green science. Each title opens with a basic introduction to the topic, which is followed by a definition of the scientific method and a note about science fairs, letting students know that taking an experiment directly from a book will not impress the judges. In keeping with this advice, Gardner provides plenty of information, well-designed experiments, and demonstrations, and then shares brief science-fair ideas that range from simple variations and expansions to suggestions that readers fully design experiments. Experiments and demonstrations are presented with clear step-by-step instructions and occasional illustrations and represent a wide range of complexity. Supplies range from simple household items to specialized scientific equipment, making it easy for everyone to find something to try.

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