Reviews for Head to Toe Science : Over 40 Eye-Popping, Spine-Tingling, Heart-Pounding Activities That Teach Kids About the Human Body


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 July 2000
Gr. 4^-8. The author of numerous science activity books (most recently Magic Science, 1998) offers this collection of demonstrations that illustrate scientific principles about the human body. The projects are arranged by system (nervous, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, muscular, skeletal, reproductive, and skin), and each project includes an introduction, a list of materials, procedural guidelines, and an explanation of the science involved. Numerous sidebars ("Science in Action" and "More Fun Stuff to Do") introduce related information and extension activities. Black line drawings appear on nearly every page, further clarifying details from the text. Introductory comments about the scientific method, references to adult help, and the appended glossary add to the book's appeal. A good choice for teachers hoping to perk up their science lessons or for kids searching for science fair projects. ((Reviewed July 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 2000 April #2
Science teacher Wiese (Cosmic Science, not reviewed) is back with 40 quick and often intriguing science puzzles and activities to promote understanding of the human body. Activities are grouped in body systems: Brain and nervous system; Senses, Digestive; Respiratory; Circulatory; Muscular, Skeletal, Reproductive and the Skin. For each section Wiese gives an introduction and a series of projects and experiments. He lists materials, procedures, provides an explanation of what happened, and often gives "more fun stuff to do." Most projects and experiments require only a few minutes and items easily found in the kitchen: straws, plastic soda bottles, paper plates, ruler, balloons, bread, and scissors. Drawings show boys and girls having fun with science. Some activities are more crafts than science: in "Blood and Gore," children make a batch of "fake blood," from white corn syrup, corn starch, and soy sauce. The fake-blood project continues, creating a cocoa and petroleum jelly scab. Later the author explains the real components of blood. Sometimes the explanations are less than satisfactory. In "Bony Blocks," he has the reader balance a book on a toilet-paper roll set on its side and standing on end. This, he explains, shows a hollow tube is almost as strong as a solid rod. However, whether the roll is on its side or on its end, it is still a hollow tube. There is a lot here to engage curious young people. The index was not seen. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 9-12) Copyright 2000 Kirkus Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 2000 July
Gr 3-6-More than 40 experiments and investigations help readers explore the body systems. Each activity includes a list of the required supplies (all readily available), a step-by-step procedure, and a scientific explanation of the results. The activities range from simple (how to test the sense of smell) to more complex (calculating the amount of horsepower used to walk and then run up stairs). Many projects teach basic scientific concepts. Suggestions for "More Fun Stuff to Do" encourage children to broaden and/or refine their observations. Additional information is provided in sidebars. Safety instructions and precautions are included. Although some of the experiments can be found in other sources such as Janice VanCleave's The Human Body for Every Kid (Wiley, 1995), Wiese's clear and lively presentation will aid students seeking project ideas and intrigue budding scientists.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information. #

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