Academic journal article Science and Children

The Everyday Science Sourcebook, Revised 2nd Edition: Ideas for Teaching in Elementary and Middle School

Academic journal article Science and Children

The Everyday Science Sourcebook, Revised 2nd Edition: Ideas for Teaching in Elementary and Middle School

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By Lawrence F. Lowery. $39.95. 537 pp. 2012. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. ISBN: 9781936959099. (Grades K-8)

Remember that feeling the first time you walked into a candy store where there was such a great variety with different wrapper colors, sizes, shapes, and wonderful smells? That is what I felt when I opened this ideal, everyday science source book. I was taken back in time as I became, once again, that wide-eyed kid, but of course instead of munching on sugar, I munched on words--many of them.

There are over a thousand different ideas for labs, demos, examples, and ways to show your students science processes. I was truly blown away at the quality of the hands-on experiments, all tied into the AAAS and NSES standards. This sweet book has it all. It has step-by-step directions to complete investigations; it has tidbits of information and gems of graphs. There are simple, easy experiments; moderate ones; and more detailed, materials-driven investigations, but all are doable and all are relevant. Since there are many different types of learners, the many different types of experiments presented in the book can reach each diverse learning style. …

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