The book starts with a puzzle involving tea and sugar and ends with its solution. The book is clearly written and illustrated to explain the topic and grabs the interest of the reader. Experiments are included with step-by-step instruction and an explanation of what is shown by the experiment. Glossary, index, and a list of other sources are included. This could be used by a teacher to enhance curriculum or as a good resource for students preparing reports.
This series of iScience readers for the elementary grades offers clear descriptions of key scientific concepts and also discusses the usefulness of the scientific method in finding answers to questions. Each title gives readers activities to follow, puzzles to solve, and questions to answer using the information found in texts.
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The same author has written a series of science books at three different levels of depth. This is the hardest level, C. All of the books are reinforced and sturdy, and all have excellent subheadings and photographs to support the concepts. The Associate Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association is the chief consultant for the series. At the beginning of each book, a question is presented with some choices for the answers. As the book goes on, the reader is given information that will help him determine the answer. The premises, the choices, the answers, and the concepts are all ones that elementary students will relate to and enjoy learning.
Garland Independent School District
The book gives simple explanations about mixtures and solutions using common items most students would know about. The science terms are explained in everyday language and a lot of color photographs accompany the text. Also included are simple experiments to help readers understand the scientific concepts they are learning. There is a glossary and websites listed in the back of the book. The book is intended for upper elementary and middle school students, but it would be useful for low level readers in high school. It will make a good addition to the science section of our collection.
Richmond Public Schools