Backyard Astronomy Experiments
Backyard Astronomy Experiments
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Annotation: Provides step-by-step instructions for simple astronomy experiments as well as information about astronomy, star gazing, the solar system, constellations, rockets, and more.
Catalog Number: #600432812
Format: Ebook
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Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 32
Territory: North America
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ISBN: 1-538-33728-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-538-33728-8
Dewey: 520
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this Backyard Scientist series (6 titles) entry, an introduction provides readers with an easy-to-understand definition of astronomy and key things for them to remember while conducting the ensuing experiments. Each two-page spread features a single, age-appropriate activity for the reader to complete. The information is clearly organized in colorful, labeled boxes that guide kids through each step of the activity, whether making a sundial, finding a constellation, or creating a pinhole viewer. While the wide variety of projects will engage young readers and spark curiosity in astronomy, they don't truly qualify as experiments. For example, the Marshmallow Stars activity asks readers to outline a constellation with mini-marshmallows and toothpicks, making it an excellent way to introduce the concepts and stories of constellations but not for honing experiment-related skills, such as testing hypotheses.
School Library Journal
Wood, Alix . Backyard Biology Experiments . ISBN 9781538337295 . Wood, Alix . Backyard Botany Experiments . ISBN 9781538337332 . Wood, Alix . Backyard Chemistry Experiments . ISBN 9781538337370 . Wood, Alix . Backyard Meteorology Experiments . ISBN 9781538337417 . Wood, Alix . Backyard Physics Experiments . ISBN 9781538337455 .ea vol: 32p. (Backyard Scientist). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. PowerKids . Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $26.25. Gr 35 Hands-on activities to support the science curriculum are always in demand. These are grouped into various scientific disciplines. The materials needed are mostly common household goods, which keeps cost and inconvenience to a minimum. Step-by-step directions for each experiment along with photos show the process for easy replication. Activities vary from creating a water wheel to a working model lung. Special note is made when adult help will be needed. A "Test Your Know-How" section is located in the back matter, along with the answers. Though the covers of the book feature girls and boys, the humorous cartoon mascot in the books is a pale, crazy-haired scientist in a lab coat and the process photos all depict a pair of white, possibly adult, hands. VERDICT A helpful series for lessons, science fairs, or STEM events at school, with potential for at-home use as well.
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Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 3-6
Guided Reading Level: N

The universe is an incomprehensible expanse of wonder. Perhaps the most wondrous thing is that we can catch a glimpse of it from our backyards. Readers of this cosmic book will learn about outer space through fun, hands-on experiments. Each project can easily be done at home. What's Happening sidebars explain the science behind each activity, introducing readers to key astronomy information. Step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs ensure each project is accessible. Readers will reach for the stars with this epic book of astronomy experiments.

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