Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works
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122 pages; 9.8 x 7.8 in.
Publisher: Nomad Press (October 2008)
Kids will be amazed
at all the action that's going on right inside their own bodies, from
understanding just how that apple turns into energy to how the
"leftovers" make their exit. This book will engage kids with hands-on
activities that will show them all the fantastic, well-orchestrated
systems at work in their very own bodies. They'll see exactly how
smoke affects the lung, how the heart really acts as a liquid pump,
and how the different joints are structured and serve different
purposes. Kids will gain a concrete understanding of their bodies and
realize in the process just how amazing they really are.
workings of the human body are expertly summarized in 11 tidy
chapters, which include experiments that explain how the body works
by creating models that either imitate or test its functions. The
chapter on the respiratory system describes how to build a working
model of the heart's four chambers with circulating "blood," while
the chapter on the senses demonstrates how to make optical illusions.
Many of the activities require adult supervision due to the materials
required. For example, the decalcifying bone experiment calls for
hydrochloric acid. Other projects include making a fingerprinting
kit, forming an exact model of one's teeth, and taking a DNA
extraction from plant cells. Simple drawings and cartoons enliven and
illuminate the text; however, the black-and-white format detracts
from their potential power. The scientific explanations are superb. A
great addition to any collection.
--School Library Journal
book is lots of fun. It is easy to read and gets the science right.
All the projects are entertaining, easy to perform, and teach a whole
lot about how our fascinating bodies really work!
--Jon Mallatt, Washington State University
love this book! As an enducator, scientist, and parent, I found this
book to be an excellent educational tool. The text is entertaining,
the illustrations are fun and informative, and the experiments really
bring the concepts to life! Students young and old will be engaged
and have new-found excitement for the human body!
--Christopher Minson, Ph.D., Univeristy of Oregon