Volume 2 2014

Wisconsin's Water Library

Science Is Fun!

Water Library staff love working with children ages three and up, teaching them water-science concepts through literacy and experimentation. We have taught about buoyancy, clouds and animal blubber, to name just a few. Here are suggestions for some great experiments. And do try this at home!

The Everything Kids’ Easy Science Experiments Book: Explore the World of Science Through Quick and Fun Experiments!
By J. Elizabeth Mills. Avon, Mass.: Adams Media, 2010.
Why is the sky blue? What makes a balloon float? You can discover the answers to these questions and more in this volume filled with science experiments suitable for the classroom or home.

The Kid’s Book of Simple Everyday Science
By Kelly Doudna. Minneapolis: Scarletta, 2013.  
This book of 40 experiments starts off with an important message: Do you want to be a scientist? You can do it. It includes a list of essentials, a pictorial spread of required materials, a five-step introduction to the scientific method and safety information.

Picture-Perfect Science Lessons—Expanded 2nd Edition: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, 3-6
By the National Science Teachers Association. Arlington, Va.: NSTA, 2010.
The Picture-Perfect Science Lessons series combines science and reading in a natural way and provides easy-to-grasp background information in physical science, life science, and Earth and space sciences. The classroom-tested lessons clearly identify the appropriate National Science Education Standards and embed carefully selected reading strategies.

Science Is Simple
By Peggy Ashbrook. Beltsville, Md.: Gryphon House, 2003.
“Science Is Simple” contains 250 activities spanning 39 kid-pleasing science concepts. From magnets to bubbles, insects to volcanoes, there are experiments to interest each and every child.

Anyone in Wisconsin can check these books out from Wisconsin’s Water Library. Please send an email to askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.

For more science-related fun for kids, visit these websites:











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