Life Science Projects for Kids Book Reviews

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ForeWord Reviews Juvenile Non-Fiction, March/April 2011

On Projects in Genetics and A Project Guide to the Solar System

...Mitchell Lane's Life Science Projects and Earth Science Projects series similarly give students interactive ways to learn about varied topics. Each book begins with an introduction into the broader topic, and follows with a hands-on activity or experiment that illustrates and explains a major component or example of that topic. For example, their Project Guide to the Solar System (978-1-58415-867-7) includes activities such as "Cocoa Craters" and "Centripetal Force," while Projects in Genetics (978-1-58415-877-6) teaches and illustrates "Heritable Traits" and "Mitosis." Intermingled are clear diagrams and photographs, and ... many of the materials are basic, making the experiments accessible for all children. Some of the projects are simple enough for a younger child to do, even if he or she might not be able to quite grasp the larger concept. This kind of positive exposure to science will spur a natural interest at a younger age, and provide a solid background for future learning.