Best Science, Nature & How It Works Books for 11 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 science, nature & how it works books for 11 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. How Come?: Every Kid’s Science Questions Explained

by: Kathy WollardDebra Solomon
Release date: Jan 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 416
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Fact-filled, fun-filled, as interesting to parents as it is to kids, the How Come? series is the trusted source for lively, clear answers to kids’ science queries. Now the best questions and answers from all three books-How Come?; How Come? Planet Earth; and How Come? In the Neighborhood-have been revised, updated, freshly illustrated in full color, supplemented with twenty completely new questions, and combined into one bigger, better volume.

How Come? explains, in fascinating detail, more than 200 mysteries and phenomena in the world around us. These are the questions that pique kids’ curiosity-and stump parents.

When it rains, does running (rather than walking) to the nearest shelter really keep you any drier?

How can a stone skip across a pond (instead of sink)?

If the Earth is spinning, why can’t we feel it? Why don’t we fly off?

Why do elephants have trunks?

And the all-time classic, Why is the sky blue? (Sunlight has a hidden rainbow of colors, and air molecules scatter blues the most-sending bright blue light down to Earth.)

The text is clearly written, engaging, and accessible. It’s for every kid who wants to know-and every grown-up who simply doesn’t know.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Anatomy & Physiology

2. Howtoons: The Possibilities Are Endless!

by: Saul GriffithJoost BonsenNick Dragotta
Release date: Oct 23, 2007
Number of Pages: 112
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Part comic strip and part science experiment, Howtoons shows children how to find imaginative new uses for common household items like soda bottles, duct tape, mop buckets, and more-to teach kids the “Tools of Mass Construction”!

Howtoons are cartoons that teach 8- to 15-year-old readers “how to” build, create, and explore things. Combining a fun, full-color cartoon format and real life science and engineering principles, Howtoons are designed to encourage kids to become active participants in the world around them.

Readers meet Tucker and Celine, a lovable brother and sister pair. Sick of watching TV and playing video games, Tucker and Celine decide to conquer every kid’s nightmare: the dreaded summer o’ boredom. Armed with countless ideas for fun projects, they set out to reclaim the sheer joy of playing. Fifteen practical, build-it-yourself projects are weaved into the Tucker and Celine storyline. With the narrators’ help and clear step-by-step instructions, young readers will learn how to set up a workshop, create a marshmallow shooting gun, make ice cream without a freezer, play songs on a turkey baster flute, explore a homemade terrarium, launch a pressure-powered rocket, and more!

Utilizing inexpensive, kid-friendly materials, Howtoons will prove that the world at large is infinitely more exciting than anything happening on the TV or computer screen. Plus, each project will provide readers with practical skills and problem solving know-how that they can use in their everyday lives. These funny, interactive Howtoons are sure to inspire independence and creative savvy in young people everywhere.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Social Skills

3. Science Is…: A source book of fascinating facts, projects and activities

by: Susan Bosak
Release date: May 06, 2000
Number of Pages: 515
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This guide for teachers is the answer to all questions children ask and all the wonders they want to investigate — from the marvel of a raindrop on a leaf, to the power of a volcano, to the mysteries of the universe.

This award-winning bestseller is the biggest and best collection of science activities for children 6 to 14 years old. There are projects, experiments, games, puzzles, and stories. They cover all areas of science, including matter and energy, the human body, the environment, rocks, plants, animals, insects, weather, stars and planets, and technology.

Activities range in length from the popular ‘Quickies’ to projects that can be done over several days or weeks. They’ve all been tested and use simple materials. Easy-to-follow explanations, engaging illustrations, and fun facts (did you know that a cockroach can live for nine days without its head?). Many thousands of copies of Science Is… have been used by student teachers to get started in science class. Make this a book you’ll turn to again and again.

“An innovative book … Youngsters will be intrigued by the exciting activities crammed into this book.” (Today’s Parent)

“An excellent reference source for parents and teachers!” (School Library Journal)

“A powerful and practical resource… Will enrich any school science curriculum. Highly recommended!” (Appraisal, School of Education, Boston University)

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Business & Money > Education & Reference

4. Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives

by: Gene BarrettaGene Barretta
Release date: Jul 17, 2012
Number of Pages: 36
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What do record players, batteries, and movie cameras have in common?

All these devices were created by the man known as The Wizard of Menlo Park: Thomas Edison.

Edison is most famous for inventing the incandescent lightbulb, but at his landmark laboratories in Menlo Park & West Orange, New Jersey, he also developed many other staples of modern technology.  Despite many failures, Edison persevered. And good for that, because it would be very difficult to go through a day without using one of his life-changing inventions. In this enlightening book, Gene Barretta enters the laboratories of one of America’s most important inventors.

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Children’s Books > History

5. Pull, Lift, and Lower: A Book About Pulleys (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Describes many different kinds, uses, and benefits of pulleys. Provides examples of pulleys by showing a flagpole, a crane, an elevator and window blinds.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

6. Exploratopia: More than 400 kid-friendly experiments and explorations for curious minds

by: The Exploratorium
Release date: Oct 04, 2006
Number of Pages: 384
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From physics to forensics, from the largest clouds to the tiniest ants, from Issac Newton to elephant dung, “Exploratopia” overflows with things readers can explore using the simplest, everyday items, such as eggs, paper clips, soda bottles, vinegar, and plastic cups. Kids will love these innovative activities and will have fun learning all at the same time.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

7. #1 In Search of the Fog Zombie: A Mystery about Matter (Summer Camp Science Mysteries)

by: Lynda BeauregardDer-Shing Helmer
Release date: Aug 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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When campers arrive at Camp Dakota, rumors start flying. The Fog Zombie is on the prowl, moaning and creeping through the thick fog that often settles on the lake. At first, the kids don’t believe the rumors-until they find mysterious clues leading to the zombie! Can the campers track down the Fog Zombie with their science smarts? Or will it find them first?

Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Oceans & Seas

8. Cut, Chop, and Stop: A Book About Wedges (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Provides examples to show how wedges are simple machines that make pulling apart, stopping, and moving easier. Includes an activity.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

9. Tires, Spokes, and Sprockets: A Book About Wheels and Axles (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Describes many different kinds, uses, and benefits of wheels and axles. Includes information on gears, sprockets, and cranks.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

10. Twist, Dig, and Drill: A Book About Screws (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Provides examples showing how screws are simple machines that make joining things together and moving, easier.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

11. Meltdown!: The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and Our Energy Future (Single Titles)

by: Fred Bortz
Release date: Mar 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 64
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Japan. March 11, 2011. 2:46 P.M. The biggest earthquake in Japan’s history–and one of the world’s five most powerful since 1900–devastated the Tohoku region, 320 kilometers (200 miles) northeast of Tokyo. It triggered a huge tsunami that left crippling damage in its wake. More than 13,000 people drowned, and thousands of buildings and homes were reduced to rubble.

As people assessed the damage, they made the most frightening discovery of all: the Fukushima #1 nuclear power plant was seriously damaged and three of its six reactors were heading for meltdowns. Workers tried desperately–but unsuccessfully–to save them. Explosions and fires released radioactivity into the air. Within days the Japanese government declared a 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone. The future of the plant, the long-term health of those exposed to radiation, and the effects on the environment remained uncertain.

Learn more about this massive catastrophe as Dr. Fred Bortz examines both the human tragedy and the scientific implications of the nuclear meltdown. Compare this disaster to similar nuclear events in the United States and in Ukraine, and move ahead with Dr. Bortz as he explores the global debate about the future of nuclear power and alternative sources of energy.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diseases

12. #4 The Werewolf Chase: A Mystery about Adaptations (Summer Camp Science Mysteries)

by: Lynda BeauregardGerman Torres
Release date: Aug 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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It’s the end of the summer at Camp Dakota-and things are about to get hairy. The kids have adaptations on their minds. And after one camper notices Counselor Kyle’s suspicious late-night activities, they begin to suspect that Kyle is turning into a werewolf. Is there another explanation? Or have the campers discovered a terrible secret?

Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!

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Children’s Books > Animals

13. Roll, Slope, and Slide: A Book About Ramps (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Describes the different kinds, uses, and benefits of inclined planes and ramps. Includes an activity.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

14. Eat Your Science Homework

by: Ann McCallumLeeza Hernandez
Release date: Aug 05, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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Hungry readers discover delicious and distinct recipes in this witty companion to Eat Your Math Homework. A main text explains upper-elementary science concepts, including subatomic particles, acids and bases, black holes, and more. Alongside simple recipes, side-bars encourage readers to also experiment and explore outside of the kitchen. A review, glossary, and index make the entire book easy to digest.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

15. Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction

by: Saul Dr. GriffithNick DragottaJeff ParkerWarren SimonsSandy Jarrel
Release date: Aug 05, 2014
Number of Pages: 360
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“This is a great addition to STEM collections, maker spaces, and elementary- through middle-school graphic-novel collections.” – Booklist “Fine, fabulous stuff” – School Library Journal Lurking in the corners of your garage, on the dusty shelves of hardware stores, and in your own trashcan are the tools and ingredients for creating your own adventures. Follow Celine and Tucker as they learn through play with over 50 DIY projects! Challenged to make something “other than trouble,” this brother-and-sister pair use everyday objects to invent toys that readers can build. Combining comics and real-life science and engineering principles, Howtoons are designed to encourage kids to become active participants in the world around them. “…perfectly tuned to inspire creativity as well as promote good work habits in budding inventors and mechanical engineers alike.” – Kirkus Review “Geeks aren’t born, they’re made… and here’s the instruction manual.” – Wired Magazine
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art > Cartooning

16. Visual Timeline of Inventions

by: Richard Platt
Release date: Aug 27, 2001
Number of Pages: 64
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This original timeline treats each subject as a visual thread and makes any history lesson memorable. Children can’t resist following along to find out what happens. Visual Timelines: Inventions is an invaluable resource that provides unbeatable material for any student.
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Children’s Books > History

17. #6 The Whispering Lake Ghosts: A Mystery about Sound (Summer Camp Science Mysteries)

by: Lynda BeauregardGerman Torres
Release date: Aug 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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It’s a dark and stormy morning at Camp Dakota, but that won’t keep Braelin from investigating the whispers coming from the lake. What else could it be, but ghosts? The campers try to record and amplify the sounds, but suddenly the eerie voices go mute. Braelin and Megan won’t give up, even when their ghost hunt leads them deep into the woods. Can they use their sound smarts to get back safe?

Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Physics

18. Fluffy, Flat, and Wet: A Book About Clouds (Amazing Science: Exploring the Sky)

by: Dana Meachen RauDenise Shea
Release date: Sep 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 24
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Describes how clouds form, and explains the differences between cirrus, stratus, cumulus, and nimbus clouds. Includes activity.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Earth Sciences

19. Hidden Worlds: Amazing Tunnel Stories (Hidden! Series)

by: Debora PearsonTina Holdcroft
Release date: Sep 07, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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Did you know that…

A hundred years ago Chicago had a miniature underground train system that criss-crossed beneath the streets, delivering coal and other materials? The trains could go right into a building’s basement. Even today, few people know these tunnels exist….

Or that Paris has over six million skeletons buried in ancient chambers and tunnels beneath the city? The ancient Romans first dug up this spot while mining for rock, but 200 years ago the overcrowded city of Paris needed new space to bury its dead.

Hidden Worlds presents 11 intriguing stories of extraordinary tunnels past and present from around the world. This fascinating book will introduce you to nature’s tunneling mammals; the ancient Greek myth of the Minotaur in the labyrinth; the aqueducts of the ancient Romans; the hidden treasure in the pyramids of Egypt; the great escape of WWII prisoners of war…and much more!

Richly portrayed with large cartoon-style illustrations and informative yet wickedly funny captions, the stories in this original collection make for a riveting read. You’ll be amazed at the interesting facts you’ll unearth.

An introduction provides an overview of the hidden world of tunnels, the varied reasons why people have constructed them since ancient times, and how they have done so.

A special chapter at the end of the book provides more detailed information on each story. Additional resources, such as websites, are included.

An index will help locate specific places and events in the book, making this a useful reference tool for young students.

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Children’s Books > History

20. Electric Motor Experiments (Cool Science Projects with Technology)

by: Ed Sobey
Release date: Apr 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 128
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You can find motors in countless household devices. Discover how they work as author Ed Sobey guides young readers through the disassembly and rebuilding of a motor. Make your own motor and improve it for different uses. Many unique experiments include ideas for science fair projects.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Electricity & Electronics

21. Robot Experiments (Cool Science Projects with Technology)

by: Ed Sobey
Release date: Mar 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 128
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Build your own robot! Learn what makes a robot work. Then design, build, and program your very own robot. The experiments in this book will guide you through the field of robotics. Many experiments include ideas you can use for your own science fair project.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Electricity & Electronics

22. Geothermal Power (Energy at Work)

by: Josepha Sherman
Release date: Jan 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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Introduces the history, uses, production, advantages and disadvantages, and future of geothermal energy as a power resource.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Electricity & Electronics

23. Engineering an Awesome Recycling Center With Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science and Engineering in Action)

by: Nikole Brooks BetheaPop Art Studios
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Max Axiom has a mission. The city mayor needs a recycling center to decrease pressure on its bulging landfill. Join Max as he uses the engineering process to design and build an awesome recycling center.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diseases

24. Fizzing Physics (Science Crackers)

by: Steve Parker
Release date: Jan 07, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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This exciting new series satisfies the most enquiring young scientific minds! With a back-to-basics approach to the core topics, these books investigate science in a clear and concise way and explain how science is relevant to children’s everyday world. The book features a bright, contemporary design and fantastic photographs and the series covers all key science topics for this age group. Writen by award-winning science authors, the humorous cartoon characters engage readers.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

25. The Four Seasons: Uncovering Nature

by: Annie Jones
Release date: May 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 52
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Why do seasons happen? Where do animals go in winter? How do plants reproduce?

From changes in the plant world through the year, to penguins preparing a nest, and puma kittens learning to hunt, plants and animals from every corner of the world are used to illustrate the many processes that govern natural life. These include metamorphosis, hibernation, migration, pollination, plus the many environments in which they occur, such as savanna, swamp, jungle, and deciduous woodland.

The four acetate overlays feature:

  • Winter to Spring: the Himalayan Mountains change
  • Spring to Summer: a South American pampas over time
  • Summer to Fall: deciduous woodlands turn with the season
  • Fall to Winter: a conifer forest prepares for the cold.

The Uncovering series: Exposing science and technology in stunning color and detail.

Jam-packed with exacting full-color illustrations, these titles focus on topics of particular interest to young readers. Informative text and descriptive captions and sidebars complement dozens of annotated drawings. Each book contains four acetate overlays, used in some cases to show changes over time, in others to show a cutaway interior.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Earth Sciences

26. The Incredible Work of Engineers With Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science and Engineering in Action)

by: Agnieszka BiskupMarcelo Baez
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Max Axiom has a mission. The National Space Agency wants to build a lunar colony, but it needs a team of top-notch engineers to get the job done. Join Max as he scours the globe to learn about incredible engineers and the amazing things they do.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

27. Kingfisher Knowledge: Inventions

by: James Robinson
Release date: May 12, 2009
Number of Pages: 64
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Inventions examines the ideas, machines, and innovations that have shaped the modern age, from the cell-phone revolution to the incredible growth of the information superhighway, the use of robotics in medicine and heavy industry, the propulsion technology that will one day take human beings to Mars, and much more. It’s an engaging look at the ongoing development of human evolution and creativity.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

28. Where Does Rain Come from (Junior scientist)

by: C. E. Thompson
Release date: May 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 32
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Earth Sciences

29. The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills

by: Gretchen Woelfle
Release date: Apr 18, 2008
Number of Pages: 148
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The Wind at Work traces the history of windmills and how their design and function have changed over time. It includes more than a dozen wind-related activities such as conducting science experiments, cooking a traditional windmiller meal, sewing windmill patterns, and keeping track of household energy use. Information on how wind turbines (modern windmills) can produce energy as an alternative to nonrenewable fossil fuels is covered as well.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Earth Sciences

30. Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff

by: Curt Gabrielson
Release date: Sep 17, 2013
Number of Pages: 268
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After-school and out-of-school programs-as well as home schooling-have been growing steadily for nearly a decade, but instructors are still searching for high-interest content that ties into science standards without the rigidity of current classroom canon. The author draws on more than 20 years of experience doing hands-on science to facilitate tinkering: learning science while fooling around with real things.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • Tinkering techniques in key science areas
  • How to let kids learn science with hands-on tinkering
  • Engaging techniques for science learning at home, in school, or at a makerspace or library
  • Step-by-step instructions for activities that don’t end with a single project, but that provide many paths for “tinkering forward”.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

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