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I picked this book up recently at Barnes & Noble for three dollars. It was on the extreme discount rack that occasionally appears near the front door. That day I got lucky with three books on teaching math and science.
I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but I like to take activities intended for middle school and use them in my 12th grade classes. I find these activities tend to have a higher fun factor and if I find them interesting, at least some of my students should as well.
The book says it contains “over 185 exciting investigations to teach thinking & reasoning skills along with science concepts and facts.” I would agree. The activities are typically only one or two pages long with a small conclusion called “Teacher Information.” The table of contents is one of the most useful I have ever seen. The chapters are divided into topics and each topic has anywhere from five to more than twenty activities clearly listed in the form of a question. For example, under Physical Science and the topic of Energy (of which there are 19 activities), activity two asks, “How Much Horsepower Do You Have?” Then, using only a stopwatch and a calculator, the students use the formula provided to see how their horsepower compares to a motor bike or a car. Simple, but memorable.
Usually, these kinds of books are easy to find. For some reason, this one is not. Nothing on Half.com and the ISBN brought up nothing in a Google search. The author is Marvin Tolman. I have the link to the book in the picture above, but if you go to BN.com or Amazon and search his name, you will find he has a whole series of these books available.
Summary: I really like this book for quick activities to start class, another 4/5 Einsteins.
I decided I need to add a book review section to this blog. I have a pile of books that I steal ideas from. This one was on my list to purchase, but I found it in the Juvenile section of our local library. It is written for a budding scientist, but I don’t think it really hits its target. As a teacher, the stuff is almost obvious, so while I got a couple of ideas from the book, mostly it was a quick skim and return to the library. I’m glad I didn’t purchase the book.
Far too much of the book is used to describe examples of simple machines. I spend very little time on machines, so the book isn’t one for my library.
Having said that, I will be looking for his other books at the library in hope of gathering another one or two ideas.
Summary: Worthy of borrowing, not one to purchase. Rated 2/5 Einsteins.