Science Dictionary for Kids

BOOKS
FOR CHILDREN

1.
Laurie Westphal
Science Dictionary for Kids: The Essential Guide to Science Terms, Concepts, and Strategies

Science Dictionary for Kids provides hundreds of science terms with kid-friendly definitions and illustrations, perfect for any teacher of science or parent helping a child with science homework. From the basic science equipment, to the physical sciences, to Earth science, kids can flip to one of eight science categories to find the definitions they need.

The perfect reference for kids and their parents and teachers, the easy-to-follow definitions in this guide will help with any science assignment, project, or experiment. Most definitions include an illustrated version to increase comprehension.

Science Dictionary for Kids also includes a handy reference guide section, complete with commonly used formulas, measurement conversions, charts detailing household chemicals and acids and bases, instructions for using science equipment safely, tips on following the scientific process, and information on graphing results and data. This book needs to be on every child’s desk!

The perfect companion to Prufrock Press’ bestselling Math Dictionary for Kids
Comprehensive, easy-to-use reference guide to science terms for students (grades 4–9)
Quick access to essential information and answers
Kid-friendly graphics and illustrations to help define each term or scientific process
Includes both standard and metric units of measurement for U.S. and Canadian markets

2.
Donna Latham, Beth Hetland
Backyard Biology – Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door with 25 Projects

BIOLOGY IS THE STUDY OF LIFE
Life is everywhere, thriving in the city and in the country, teeming in ecosystems around the planet—in deserts, oceans, and even the Arctic. And life is right outside your door! Backyard Biology invites children ages 9 and up to investigate living things—especially in yards, parks, nature areas, and playgrounds. Trivia and fun facts bring animals, plants, and microorganisms to life, in all their wonder.
Readers become Nature Detectives with activities and projects that encourage children to make discoveries. Children will construct a plankton net to collect pond samples, and they’ll grow microorganisms in a Winogradsky Column. They’ll discover what mystery plants sprout from collected soil samples and build a rolypoly habitat. When children experiment with phototropism and geotropism, they’ll discover the ways plants move. In Backyard Biology, children will scout out different habitats to observe and investigate—and do their part to protect them.

3.
Joseph Leeming, Shane Miller
Riddles, Riddles, Riddles: Enigmas and Anagrams, Puns and Puzzles, Quizzes and Conundrums!

Join in the pun! Hundreds of riddles, charades, puzzles, and word games — accompanied by charming illustrations — promise to keep readers of all ages chuckling for hours. Test your wits with a small sample of the many jests in store:
What makes the Tower of Pisa lean?
It never eats.
What is the most difficult train to catch?
The 12:50, because it’s 10 to 1 if you catch it.
What is the richest country in the world?
Ireland, because its capital is always Dublin.
Why does lightning shock people?
Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself.
What part of London is in France?
The letter N.
When a lady faints, what number will restore her?
You must bring her 2.

4.
Josh Hestermann
Zoology for Kids: Understanding and Working with Animals, with 21 Activities

An interactive introduction to working with animals Zoology for Kids invites the next generation of zoologists to discover the animal kingdom through clear, entertaining information and anecdotes, lush color photos, hands-on activities, and peer-reviewed research. Young minds are introduced to zoology as a science by discussing animals’ forms, functions, and behaviors as well as the history behind zoos and aquariums. Related activities include baking edible animal cells, playing a dolphin-echolocation game, and practicing designing an exhibit. Young readers can peek into the world of zookeepers and aquarists, veterinarians, wildlife researchers, and conservationists as they “train” their friends, mold a tiger’s jawbone, and perform field research in their own backyard. This engaging resource provides readers with new knowledge, a healthy respect for the animal kingdom, and the idea that they can pursue animal-related careers and make a difference to preserve and protect the natural world.

5.
Curt Gabrielson
Stomp Rockets, Catapults, and Kaleidoscopes: 30+ Amazing Science Projects You Can Build for Less than $1

Kids will learn how things they encounter every day operate by building their own models with this hands-on activity book. Projects include building a working model of the human hand’s muscles, bones, and tendons using drinking straws, tape, and string; using a pair of two-liter bottles and a length of rubber tubing to learn how a toilet flushes; and discovering how musical instruments make sounds by fashioning a harmonica, saxophone, drum, flute, or oboe. All devices are designed to use recycled or nearly free materials and common tools. Kids are encouraged to modify and improve the designs, or create an entirely new device using the concepts explored. Each project includes materials and tools lists, step-by-step instructions with photographs, a summary of the science concept demonstrated, and follow-up questions to gauge student understanding for use in the classroom.

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