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CLASSROOM AND HOMEWORK ACTIVITIES | SCIENCE
FAIR PROJECTS AND GENERAL INFORMATION ON SCIENCE FAIR COMPETITIONS
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Classroom and Homework Activities
The Ben Franklin Book of Easy and Incredible Experiments.
Ed. Lisa Jo Rudy. New York, Wiley, 1995. 131 p. Q182.3.B46
A text that is very focused on the life, inventions
and innovations of Ben Franklin.
Cobb, Vicki. You Gotta Try This!: Absolutely Irresistible Science.
New York, Morrow Junior Books, 1999. 144 p. Q164.C538
These classroom demonstrations can be used to
probe students for ideas on what is happening in these experiments
and why. Try other exciting titles by this author.
DiSpezio, Michael. Awesome Experiments in Electricity &
Magnetism. New York,Sterling Pub., 1998. 160 p. QC529.2.D575
Very good for classroom demonstrations, but not
probing enough for science fair projects. More of Michael DiSpezios
awesome experiments can be found in these titles:
Awesome Experiments in Light & Sound
Awesome Experiments in Force & Motion <QC73.4.D575
Doherty, Paul. Magic Wand and Other Bright Experiments on Light
and Color. New York, Wiley, 1995. 125 p. QC360.D64
Interesting demonstrations adapted from the hands-on
exhibits at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Some explanation
of the science behind the experiments is included. More captivating
experiments can be found in Paul Doherty's The Spinning Blackboard
and Other Dynamic Experiments on Force and Motion <QC73.D63 1996>.
Ealy, Julie B. and James L. Ealy. Visualizing Chemistry.
Washington, DC, American Chemical Society, 1995. 434 p.
Demonstrations designed to help students develop
a deeper understanding of Chemistry through observations. A whole
days lecture could be built around a single or series of demonstrations.
Ehrlich, Robert. Why Toast Lands Jelly Side Down: Zen and the
Art of Physics Demonstrations. Princeton, NJ, Princeton University
Press, 1997. 196 p.
The demonstrations in this book require an extensive
knowledge of the principles of Physics. Yet, the demonstrations
are very straightforward and simple to perform.
The Exploratorium Science Snackbook. San Francisco, CA,
Exploratorium, 1991. 1 v.
Contains interesting demonstrations adapted from
hands-on exhibits at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
Friedhoffer, Bob. Physics Lab in the Home. New York, Franklin
Watts, 1997. 80 p.
These activities will challenge students to see
the world as a physics laboratory. Another interesting title by
Bob Friedhoffer is Physics Lab in a Housewares Store <QC25.F
Gardner, Robert. Science Projects about Physics in the Home.
Springfield, NJ, Enslow
Publishers, 1999. 112 p.
Exploring on your own activities that students
could complete as homework assignments for more critical thinking
on the particular principle. Other titles by Robert Gardner, which
explore everyday science include:
Science Projects about the Physics of Sports
Science Project Ideas about Kitchen Chemistry
Goodstein, Madeline. Sports Science Projects: the Physics of
Balls in Motion. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, 1999.
Contains fun explanations of the physics behind
why certain balls are made the way that they are.
Levine, Shar and Leslie Johnstone. The Magnet Book. New
York, Sterling Pub., 1997. 80 p.
A very good set of safe, simple experiments to
introduce students to the basics of
magnets. Several experiments could be conducted in one class period.
Mebane, Robert C. and Thomas R. Rybolt. Air & Other Gases.
New York, Twenty-First Century Books, 1995. 63 p.
Includes very good, basic explanations of the
concepts being used in the experiments. Another intriguing title
by Robert Mebane and Thomas R. Rybolt is Water & Other Liquids
Moje, Steven W. Cool Chemistry: Great Experiments with Simple
Stuff. New York, Sterling Pub. Co., 1999. 96 p.
Overall the experiments offer a good introduction
to general concepts in chemistry.
Rohrig, Brian. 150 Captivating Chemistry Experiments Using
Household Substances. Cuyahoga Falls, OH, B. Rohrig, 1997. 184
Does not include very detailed explanation of
phenomena, but on the whole contains interesting projects involving
Teaching Chemistry with TOYS: Activities for Grades K-9.
Jerry L. Sarquis, Mickey Sarquis, John P. Williams. New York, TAB
Books, 1995. 296 p.
Contains thought provoking classroom activities,
which students can reproduce safely at home. The appropriate grades
levels are indicated at the beginning of each experiment.
Tocci, Salvatore. Science Fair Success Using Supermarket Products.
Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, 2000. 128 p.
This book presents projects that can be done using
only supermarket products. Some details of scientific principles
being explored are included.
VanCleave, Janice. Janice VanCleave's Molecules. New York,
NY, John Wiley & Sons, 1993. 88 p.
This book includes some very interesting projects
that explore the way that molecules behave. Some explanation of
phenomena is included within the text. Also try the many other titles
by Janice VanCleave.
Walker, Pam. Science Lab Projects with Real Life Applications:
Ready to Use Research and Reporting Activities for Grades 5-12.
Paramus, NJ, Center for Applied Research in Education, 2002. 238
Includes very good classroom activities to promote
critical thinking. Each experiment also includes a grading rubric
and a estimate on the amount of time required to complete the assignment.
Wiese, Jim. Rocket Science: 50 Flying, Floating, Flipping, Spinning
Gadgets Kids can Create Themselves. New York, Wiley, 1995. 115
Experiments are appropriate for homework assignments
or as supplements to instruction. A brief explanation of the concepts
is included in each section.
Wood, Robert. What?: Experiments for the Young Scientist.
New York, TAB Books, 1994. 143 p.
This book contains experiments that can be used
as classroom or homework assignments. Some explanation and history
are also included. Some other interesting books by Robert Wood include:
When?: Experiments for the Young Scientist <Q164.W68
Where?: Experiments for Young the Scientist <Q164.W685
Who?: Famous Experiments for Young the Scientist
Light FUNdamentals <QC360.W66 1997>.
Science Fair Projects and General Information
on Science Fair Competitions.
Bochinski, Julianne Blair. The Complete Handbook of Science
Fair Projects. New York, Wiley, 1991. 206 p.
Discusses the entire process of completing science
fair project from development to judging.
Experiment Central (all four volumes). Ed. John T. Tanacredi
and John Loret. Detroit, U-X-L, 2000. 4 v.
The different science projects are identified
by area of study. The experiments are within chapters that contain
general information about the principles involved. Suggestions on
designing your own experiment are also included.
Gardner, Robert. Science Fair Projects- Planning, Presenting,
Succeeding. Springfield, NJ, 1999. 104 p.
The book is very detailed on how to implement
a science fair project. Some examples of possible projects are included,
but generally about the overall process.
Kreiger, Melanie Jacobs. How to Excel in Science Competitions.
Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, 1999. 128 p.
This book is a very detailed guide to competing
in a science competition. It is geared toward serious competitors
in very competitive competitions, i.e. Westinghouse.
Wee, Patricia Hachten. Science Fair Projects for Elementary
Schools. Lanham, MD, Scarecrow Press, 1998. 237 p.
This text outlines the necessary steps for planning
and executing a science fair project. It gives several detailed
examples of how to go about completing a project, including sample
World Book's Young Scientist (all ten volumes). Chicago,
World Book, 1997. 10 v.
Provides an introduction to the basic principles
of scientific investigation. Volumes 1-9 each represent different
subject areas. Vol. 1 is space technology and computers. Vol. 2
is light & electricity and magnetic power. Vol. 3 is atoms &
molecules and gases. Vol. 4 is planet earth and water. Vol. 5 is
the living world and plants. Vol. 6 is animals. Vol. 7 is the human
body and communications. Vol. 8 is energy and conservation. Vol.
9 is construction and machines. Volume 10 is a student guide, which
includes an overview of the scientific method and practices of modern
day scientists. There is also a full index included in volume 10.
Compiled by Jessica Parr