Stress-Free Science: A Visual Guide to Acing Science in Grades 4-8
In a sleek, glossy colorful paperback edition, science educator Laurie E. Westphal has packaged together what looks like a dictionary of science. The book is separated into sections dividing the sciences into life science, earth science, physical science, and space science. There is a module on scientific equipment showing such items as a bunsen burner, a ring stand, a telescope, and stoppers used as plugs. The scientific process includes such terms as variables, and the scientific method. Each label is followed by a curt summary definition and where possible a colorful inked drawn diagram is added. There is a unit that includes measurements such as joule, liter, light year but unfortunately none of these terms includes exercises to provide facility with using these terms. The terminology defined in the separate science sections reads like a glossary at the end of a functional science book. The format of the pages is strikingly attractive, but. unfortunately, without tactile contact with the described equipment or guided activities to engage the reader with the terminology, this book is nothing more than a science dictionary with some pleasant pastel illustrations. Without stories or provided interactive activities. science terminology may actually induce stress.
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