Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review: Science Fair Winners: Experiments to Do On Your Family

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Book Review: Science Fair Winners: Experiments to Do On Your Family

About the Book
Young investigators discover for themselves how humans learn as they delve into the mysteries of their shared DNA. Figure out a little brother or sister by analyzing what a very young child can see. Learn about relationships through activities that analyze birth order and how siblings resolve conflict. As with all the books in our Science Fair Winners series, this refreshing volume promises creative and irresistible experiments that will awaken the scientist in every student.

My Take on the Book
This book contains 20 projects and experiments about sisters, brothers, pets and the rest of the gang. The projects are science fair projects that grow out of your own interests, passions and goals. Some of these workshops involve experiments but many are observations and surveys due to the type of workshop. These workshops specifically deal with family relationships.

Lets take a look at some of the workshops in the book.

Workshop #1
Meet My Big Brother Determine Whether Birth Order is Linked to Height)

This workshop has an interesting element of research and internet usage. You will need to produce a survey in order to receive the information on height, age, gender, number of siblings, and place in birth order.Make sure those questioned know that their survey answers will be anonymous. Karen gives many suggestions on how to use graphs and even your family doctor's charts to present the information you collect.

Workshop #6
What Does a Baby Like?

This workshop takes observation and analyzing at close range to babies. You will need several babies so you can collect the data.
Using drawings and photographs, you will observe what interests a baby . How are the baby's choices like another baby's or different?
Make sure you have plenty of photographs of faces : smiling, frowning, babies, children, older people , etc. to use with this study.

Workshop #19
Tracking a Virus

With the cold and flu season upon us again, this will be one that could help you , your family, and your classroom friends to stay healthy.How do germs spread? How can you make sure the germs do not spread? Once again the author guides you into step by step procedures so you can collect information and then present it.

I would say this book would be best used by upper elementary to middle school students. These are all presented in a workshop format so that there is not only knowledge obtained but the journey to the final presentation is fun too. The topics will interest all age levels and you can be sure the listeners will actively participate as the data is presented.

If you are interested in having this book as a part of your own library you can find it on Amazon!

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