Janice VanCleave: Easy Activities that Make Learning Fun for Every Kid

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

When learning science means doing science, learning becomes an adventure! That’s exactly what Janice VanCleave’s books do… They involve kids in the learning process to keep them engaged and interested so the kids will understand more…

In every book, each activity is broken down into its purpose, a list of materials, step-by-step instructions, expected results, and an easy to understand explanation. Every activity has been pretested and can be performed safely and inexpensively in the classroom or at home.

Acclaim for Janice VanCleave books:

  • “A super collection of easy biology experiments …A worthwhile purchase.” —Kirkus Reviews on Biology for Every Kid
  • “An entertaining, educational, and nonthreatening aid to understanding earth science.” —School Library Journal on Earth Science for Every Kid
  • “Excellent in value compared to other, similar titles. Many early-grade school parents should consider it for their children, as should teachers as a resource for classroom activities.” —Science Books & Films on Chemistry for Every Kid

Janice VanCleave’s Geography for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Geography Fun

  • How can you make a map out of clay?
  • What is a compass rose?
  • How do scientists track hurricanes?
  • How has the world’s population changed?

Discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions about geography. Learn about legends, scales, grip maps, topographic maps, latitude and longitude, and much more! Create a map of your own neighborhood park, make an enlarged picture using a grid, and even map a simulated ocean floor using just a string and a washer.

Astronomy for Every Kid

  • Why do planets spin?
  • How hot is the Sun?
  • What keeps the Moon in orbit around the Earth?
  • What are Saturn’s rings made of?
  • What’s a black hole in space?

Now you can discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions about basic astronomy. In Astronomy for Every Kid you’ll learn about the constellations using a shoe box planetarium; you’ll chart the movement of the stars with nothing but a string, a marker, and a nail; you’ll use a toy magnet to simulate the Earth’s protective force field; and more!

Biology for Every Kid

  • What’s the effect of osmosis on a raisin?
  • How is water transported through plant stems?
  • What’s the best way to grow penicillin?
  • How are butterflies different from moths?

Now you can discover answers to these and other fascinating questions about biologythe study of living organisms. In Biology for Every Kid, you’ll learn how to talk with fireflies, watch bacteria wage war in a glass of milk, discover how to tell the temperature by counting cricket chirps, and find out how an apple and an onion can taste the same.

Chemistry for Every Kid

  • Why do newspapers turn yellow?
  • How does bleach make colors disappear?
  • Why can’t you mix oil and water?

Find out the answers to these and other mysteries of chemistry in this fascinating collection of ideas, projects, and activities that teach the basics of chemistry theory and practice. Turn steel wool into a glutinous green blob. Separate an egg from its shell without breaking the shell. Make copper pennies turn green. Have fun while you learn simple chemistry from a solution of colored water, and the behavior of gases with the help of a soda bottle. Through these and other activities, you’ll explore the structure of matter, the workings of acids, gases, and solutions, and much more.

Dinosaurs for Every Kid

  • What color were dinosaurs?
  • Why did dinosaurs disappear from the earth?
  • How small was the smallest dinosaur?
  • What’s a micropachycephalosaurus?

Now you can uncover answers to these and other fascinating questions about dinosaurs. Using a single paper towel, you can learn why dinosaur eggs were so small-even those hatched by the biggest “dinomoms.” By making a simple jigsaw puzzle you will experience the excitement and challenge of piecing together dinosaur bones.

Earth Science for Every Kid

  • How are mountains formed?
  • What makes the air we breathe?
  • What causes the ocean waves?

Now you can learn the answers to these and other questions about the earth, sea, and air through 101 fun, safe, low–cost experiments and activities that can be performed at home or in the classroom. In Earth Science for Every Kid, you’ll use a tennis ball and a marble to demonstrate a solar eclipse. You’ll make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to understand sedimentary rock formation. And, with the assistance of a Slinky and a helper, you’ll learn about the motion of water waves.

Geometry for Every Kid

  • How do you fold a sheet of paper into the shape of a whale?
  • How do you measure the area of a pizza pie?
  • How can you draw a circle within a circle without lifting your pencil from the paper?

Now you can discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions about elementary geometry–the study of shapes. Packed with illustrations, Geometry for Every Kid uses simple problems and activities to teach about acute and obtuse angles, parallel and perpendicular lines, plane and space figures, and much more! By arranging the pieces of an intriguing Chinese puzzle called a tangram, you’ll explore all the different shapes you can form. You’ll also learn how to create a colorful 3-D drawing that seems to rise right off the page! And, by building a geoboard, you’ll discover a quick, fun way to compare the area of different geometric figures.

The Human Body for Every Kid

  • What makes the heart beat faster or slower?
  • How do tightrope walkers keep their balance?
  • Why does spinning fast cause dizziness?

Explore the mysteries and the workings of the human body through this fascinating collection of ideas, projects, and activities. Have fun while you learn about everything from the body’s basic building blocks to how the brain receives messages from other parts of the body. Make a model of a human cell that you can eat for dessert. Make a working model of a human lung from a soda bottle, a balloon, and a garbage bag. Through these and other activities, you’ll find out how your lungs supply air to your blood and your heart pumps blood throughout your body; how your body sees, hears, feels, smells, and tastes the world around it; how you lose and regain up to five pounds of skin every year; and much more.

Math for Every Kid

  • How long is the world’s longest earthworm?
  • How tall was a brachiosaurus?
  • What’s the average diameter of human hair?
  • What’s the circumference of the earth at the equator?

Now you can discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions about math. Packed with illustrations, Math for Every Kid uses simple problems and activities to teach you about measurements, fractions, graphs, problem solving, and much more! Using activities that relate math to everyday life, this book will help you feel comfortable with math–right from the start. You’ll make a sun clock, create a thermometer from a straw, race a paper boat, grow your own bean plant, and even play a game of ring the bottle.

Physics for Every Kid

  • How do magnets work?
  • What makes a curve ball curve?
  • What keeps an airplane in the air?
  • How can a pulley make you five times stronger?

Now you can learn the answers to these and other questions about basic physics through 101 fun, safe, low-cost experiments and activities that can be performed at home or in the classroom. In Physics for Every Kid, you’ll learn about gravity from funnels that seem to defy nature by rolling up hill. Using a balloon as a power source, you’ll make a fluorescent light bulb glow and learn how electrons are used to produce light. And you’ll levitate a Ping-Pong ball to understand aerodynamics.

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