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Experiments with Plants




Dewey: 580.78
This title covers these subjects:  Plants -- ExperimentsScience -- MethodologyScience projects
Experiments with Plants (Hardcover)

by Christine Taylor-Butler

Heinemann
This book uses simple, hands-on experiments with plants to teach readers how the scientific method works.


Reading Level: 1-3
Interest Level: 1-3
GRL: N
Lexile Level: IG 540L

ISBN:  9781432953621 / 1-4329-5362-1
Publisher:  Heinemann
Brand:  First Library
Copyright: 2012
Language: English
Page Count:  32
Page Dimensions:  7 11/16 x 8 11/16
Binding:  Reinforced Library Binding

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Omaha Public Schools - Linda Scholz

Experiments with Plants is a book with real photos and text that help explain the scientific method. In an easy text it explains how to do an experiment and shows a flow chart. There are experiments for the reader to try on growing from a seed, how plants take in water and how to make a root viewer – which looks very interesting. At the end the reader can design his or her own experiment. – Linda Scholz, Chandler View School <i>Omaha Public Schools</i> 1/27/2013

January 27, 2013

The Horn Book Guide - Danielle J. Ford

(4) K-3 My Science Investigations series. Published fall 2011. After a too-brief introduction to the underlying science and a description of scientific method, readers are guided through a series of basic experiments (testing metal and nonmetals for magnetic attraction; plant growth conditions). Proper procedure is emphasized throughout, and readers are encouraged to ask their own research questions. Color photographs show children engaged in the activities. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. –Danielle J. Ford <i> The Horn Book Guide</i> Fall 2012 issue

May 6, 2013

Science Books & Films - Kristin Hudlow, Centennial High School, Bakersfield, CA

Star Review! Experiments with Plants is one of five books from the “My Science Investigations” series. This book is recommended for ages 6-8. The goal of the book is to use plants to teach the scientific method through science experiments. Key vocabulary is bolded in the text, and a glossary is provided at the end of the book. The beginning of the book contains very basic content on plants. Information about plant structure is incorporated in the various experiments, but is not summarized in one place. While there were a couple of well written pages on the scientific method and the basic elements of an experiment, I found the content of the book to be over simplified in many places. Oversimplification can lead to misunderstandings and incorrect concepts. Although each experiment had a hypothesis written, none of the hypotheses were in if/then format. Data tables and graphs had no titles. The experiments were very simple, not rigorous enough for upper elementary students; experiments such as growing a seed in a plastic bag seem to be aimed more at the kindergarten or primary levels. Many of the explanations that followed the experiments were also too simple. Such as the reason dye travelled up a celery stalk was due to “special tubes” (p14) in the plant. Photographs used in the book add to the clarity of the procedures and conclusions. Questions written within the procedures guide children toward valid conclusions. At the end of the book is a “Find Out More” (p31) section. The range of the recommended additional reading books was from ages 4-12. Of the three websites recommended by the authors, only one of them is at the same cognitive level of the book. The other two are for older children. This book is suitable for teachers of younger elementary students, and parents interested in enriching their child’s science education. Adventurous lower elementary students may enjoy trying some of the experiments with proper supervision.

March 1, 2012

Richmond Public Schools - Mary R. B. Southward

This thirty-two page addition to the science collection will be a great favorite, particularly with young scientists entering projects in the science fair. It is bursting with facts presented in an attractive, well-written format, and every page sparkles with gorgeous photographs, charts, table, insets, and close-ups. Five turn-key experiments take center stage, and a "Your Turn" experiment offers a challenge to the reader. The table of contents, glossary, "Find Out More" section, and index complete this 2012 research source, which will be much in demand by staff and students. –Mary R. B. Southward, G.H. Reid Elementary School <i>Richmond Public Schools</i>8/9/2012

August 9, 2012