CliffsNotes Parents Crash Course Elementary School Science Fair Projects

CliffsNotes Parents Crash Course Elementary School Science Fair Projects

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When the science project is due, this book comes to the rescue. With the trend toward hands-on learning, millions of elementary students have to do science projects. Typically, they mention this to their parents the night before the project is due. This book helps busy parents help their children create last-minute science projects using materials commonly found around the house. It features chapter breakouts grouped by science project subject, two-page spreads devoted to specific science projects, and factoids to get kids interested in the subject. Parents can quickly pick an appropriate project and spur their future scientists toward success! Faith Hickman Brynie (Bigfork, MT) is a writer specializing in science and health; she holds a PhD in science education, curriculum, and instruction and is a frequent writer for the children's science magazine "Odyssey", as well as the editor of various elementary school science textbooks.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 188 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 408.24g
  • Cliffs Notes Inc.,U.S.
  • Hoboken, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0764599348
  • 9780764599347
  • 2,275,977

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A Parent's Stress-free Guide to Last-minute Science Projects"But it's due by Friday!"Investigating the effect of that familiar phrase on a parent's mood and blood pressure might make a good science project, but you probably already know the results. With CliffsNotes Parent's Crash Course: Elementary School Science Fair Projects, you can turn science-project panic time into constructive time with your child. When the project is due, this book comes to the rescue!Choose from ideas and directions for 60 different projects in 12 categories: Physical changesChemistryForces and motionHeatLightSoundElectricityMagnetsSoil, rocks, and mineralsMicroscopic lifePlantsBehaviorEach project idea includes the discussion/investigation question, a list of supplies needed, step-by-step instructions, tips and tricks, and more.Each project features three variations: Go Easy (a simpler version for younger kids), Go (a complete project), and Go Far (a more in-depth or advanced examination of the question).Projects range from How much fat is in potato chips? and How reliable are eyewitness reports? to Does the sun's angle affect the output of a solar cell? and Will a ball bounce higher if dropped from a greater height?; there's a project to interest any budding young scientist (and his or her parents).Additional information helps kids create displays, present their results, and more.
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About Faith H. Brynie

Faith Hickman Brynie is a writer specializing in science and health; she holds a Ph.D. in Science Education, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Colorado. She is a frequent writer for the children's science magazine Odyssey as well as the editor of various elementary school science textbooks.
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Table of contents

PART 1: GETTING STARTED.Why Do a Science Project?What Must a Science Project Contain?PART 2: PROJECT IDEAS.How to Use the CliffNotes Science Fair Project Ideas.Physical Changes.What Makes Honey Crystallize?Do Thick Liquids Flow Faster or Slower than Thin Ones?What's the Best Way to Get Stains Out of Clothes?Which Brand of Soap Releases the Most Water Quickly?How Much Fat Is in Potato Chips?Chemistry.Are Household Powders Acids or Bases?What Are the pH and Total Alkalinity of Personal Care Products?How Do Acids and Bases Affect Enzyme Action?Which Fruit Juice Has the Most Vitamin C?Do Chemical Reactions Absorb or Release Energy?Forces and Motion.How Easily Do Objects Move over Surfaces?Will a Ball Bounce Higher If It Is Dropped from a Greater Height?What Is the Tensile Strength of Fishing Line?How Does the Volume of Air Affect How Far a Balloon Rocket Travels?What Makes a Pendulum Swing Fast or Slow?Heat.Do Some Liquids Heat Faster than Others?Will Some Colors Keep You Cooler than Others?Which Metal Conducts Heat Best?Do Some Colors of M&Ms Melt Faster than Others?How Does the Sun's Direction Affect Temperature?Light.How Does Light Make Colors?Does Ultraviolet (UV) Light Pass through Some Colors More than Others?Do Some Sunglasses Block UV Light Better than Others?How Many Images Can You Make with Mirrors?How Does Distance Affect the Spreading of Light?Sound.Can Sound Travel through a Barrier?How Well Do People Judge the Direction of Sound?How Does the Length of a Vibrating Column Affect Pitch?How Does the Loudness of Sound Vary in a Room?Does Distance Affect a Sound-Activated Finder?Electricity.Do Temperature and Humidity Affect How Long Static Charges Last?Does Electricity Move Better through Thick Wires or Thin Ones?Which Brand of Batteries Is Stronger or Lasts Longer?Does the Sun's Angle Affect the Output of a Solar Cell?Does a Fresnel Lens Affect the Output of a Solar Cell?Magnets.How Does a Compass Work?How Do Magnetic Fields Differ?Are Two Magnets Twice as Strong as One?How Does Distance Affect the Strength of a Magnet?Can a Toy Car Reveal the Strength of a Magnet?Soil, Rocks, and Minerals.How Does Moisture Affect the Color of Soil?How Does Porosity Vary in Rocks and Soils?How Compact Are the Soils Near Your Home and School?Does the Temperature Underground Vary as Much as the Surface Temperature Does?What Tests Can You Use to Identify Minerals?Microscopic Life.What Do Yeast Eat ... and How Can You Tell?Does Garlic Prevent Microbial Growth?How Does a Salt Concentration Affect the Hatching of Brine Shrimp Eggs?What Makes the Best Compost Pile?Do Hand Soaps and Sanitizers Prevent the Growth of Bread Mold?Plants.What's the Best Way to Stop Cut Fruits and Vegetables from Turning Brown?Are Some Fruits and Vegetables Denser than Others?Does a Mordant Make a Natural Dye Brighter or Longer Lasting?How Much Water Do Plants Lose to the Air?Do Long Pods Contain More Green Beans?Behavior.How Do Odors Affect Cricket Behavior?How Do Crickets Respond to Light and Dark?Does the Caffeine in Soft Drinks Affect the Human Heart Rate?How Accurate and Precise Are Dart Players?How Reliable Are Eyewitness Reports?PART 3: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.How to Make a Grayscale.Sources of Materials.Science Suppliers.Making Graphs.Using the Metric System.Constructing a Display.Planning for Next Year.
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