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A Source Book of Fascinating Facts,
Projects and Activities


by Susan V. Bosak, MA

Co-published with Scholastic
515 pages
black-and-white line drawings
softcover ISBN 0-590-74070-9

Science Is...

The #1, all-in-one science resource!

In the words of Carl Sagan, "If science is a topic of general interest and concern – if both its delights and its social consequences are discussed regularly and competently in the schools, the press, and at the dinner
table – we have greatly improved our prospects for learning how the world really is and for improving both it and us."

Science Is... is the BIGGEST and BEST collection of science activities around (read reviews).

It's great for teachers. It's also for youth leaders and parents – and even grandparents! Here's your answer to all the 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.

The result of eight years of research, this book is jam-packed with more than 450 activity ideas, attention-getters, experiments, projects, puzzles, games, and stories. Teachers can use it with any curriculum (it's also easily adaptable to different levels, from elementary grades to high school).

Science Is… covers all areas of science in 10 broad subject areas:

  • Discovering Science (scientific method, science olympics)

  • Matter & Energy

  • Humans (the human body)

  • The Environment

  • Rocks

  • Plants

  • Living Creatures (animals, birds, insects)

  • Weather (forecasting, weather instruments)

  • The Heavens (solar system, planets, stars, stargazing)

  • Applying Science (technology)

Activities are organized by how long they take, so that you can plan your time easily. Use the popular Quickies to introduce concepts or if you have a few minutes to fill. Make Time and One Leads to Another activities explore topics in more detail and can be done over several days or weeks.

This book is easy to use, with one activity per page and clear, step-by-step explanations (activity pages can even be used directly by children). Each page has engaging cartoons and illustrations. All the activities have been tested and require only readily-available, inexpensive materials. They are accompanied by plenty of background information. There are also lots of fun facts – did you know that a cockroach can live for nine days without its head?

A handy chart at the front of the book allows you to cross-reference activities. A "Using This Book" section provides practical tips.

Science Is… is a terrific resource that takes children through years of thought-provoking adventures. The
515-page book is also an incredible value for schools,
university courses, and teacher workshops (special quantity pricing available).

Order "Science Is..." from Amazon.com

Science Is… by Susan V. Bosak is available in bookstores. If your local bookstore doesn't have it in stock, they can special order it within a week. To order directly from us, you can use the order form in our catalog or call 1-800-772-7765. To order online, click on the Amazon.com link.

Also available in French as Supersciences: Chenelière McGraw-Hill, 7001 boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2S 3E3, Canada, phone (514) 273-8055 or 1-800-565-5531.

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"Once in a while, a book comes along which everyone should have. Consider Science Is… a treasure whose time has come. This book is a must!"
Science Education International (ICASE)

"This book belongs
in every home,
every classroom.
The definitive motherlode book to turn children on to the adventure of science."
Childsplay Magazine

"An innovative book… Youngsters will be intrigued by the exciting activities crammed into this book."
Today's Parent

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