Science Explorer

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The Science Explorer library provides readers with the opportunity for a hands-on experience with the world around us. These books use the scientific method to explore everything from the rocks and soil beneath our feet to the simple machines that make our lives easier. Readers are encouraged to think like scientists as they ask questions, gather information, and conduct experiments.


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Library Media Connection

This series offers curriculum-enhancing ideas for practicing scientific inquiry and critical thinking skills. Each of these “Super Cool Science Experiments” titles uses hands-on experiments and activities to demonstrate a wide range of topics, encouraging readers to ask and answer questions about how things work. Each title begins with an explanation of the scientific method, then offers detailed, step-by-step instructions students can use to conduct experiments that use familiar, real-world examples. Instructions are accompanied by colorful diagrams, illustrations, and photos so that older students could carry out many of the experiments on their own. This series compiles a substantial number of practical classroom activities into a collection that is user-friendly and encourages creativity and critical thinking.

Glossary. Recommended.

Jennifer MacKay, Senior Content Editor, American Book Publishing, Salt Lake City, Utah

[Editor’s Note: Our reviewer did not see the title on soil included in the series.]

School Library Journal

This visually appealing series encourages readers to explore the world around them. Each volume introduces its overarching concept and discusses the scientific method and the steps involved in using it. Then, six experiments each include an introduction to the principle being explored, questions to think about, a hypothesis, a materials list, step-by-step instructions, and a conclusion. Along the way there are reminders to record observations, and some additional questions to consider. Colorful splashes contain additional details. The books end with ideas for additional experiments. A note of caution: some of the activities include potentially dangerous materials such as ammonia or nails.

SLJ Fall 2009 Series Made Simple


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