Crime Scene Science

80p. 978-1-42630-522-1.
Gr 4-8 These books provide a variety of "workshops" that encourage readers to experiment, observe, and survey two popular topics. The projects clearly define the time required, type of science, concepts, and amount of adult involvement needed. A question to consider; a plan to follow, including detailed steps; a list of required materials; and basic science facts that guide the workshop are also included. The last chapters discuss a variety of ways to present the projects. Series such as Robert Gardner's "Ace Your Science Project" and "Score! Sports Science Projects" (both Enslow, 2009) include more background information on the topic, but these books give additional opportunities for extending the basic projects along with detailed suggestions for presenting them. The cartoon illustrations will appeal to middle-grade scientists. Welcome additions to science-fair collections."Christine Markley, Washington Elementary School, Barto, PA" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
Each of these books presents twenty "workshops" along with general guidelines about the amount of time, various materials, scientific concepts and terminology, and safety issues required to complete a science-fair-worthy project. Readers need a good grasp of experimental design (or a helpful adult) to move from idea to completed project. Cartoon illustrations accompany the texts. Crime includes a reading list. Websites. Ind. Review covers these Science Fair Winners titles: Bug Science and Crime Scene Science.

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