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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
How This Book Works 11
The Scientific Method 12

CHAPTER 1: L IFE SCIENCE
Fee Fi Fo Fum! Grow Your Own Beanstalk 16
Create a Colorful Bouquet 20
Microscopic Swimmers 23
Slithery Soil Dwellers 27
Huddle for Heat 31

CHAPTER 2: CHEMISTRY
Mix It Up 36
Experiment Variation: What Does Dish Soap Do? 38
Elephant Toothpaste 39
Experiment Variation: Baking Soda Explosion 42
Stinky Solutions 43
Bouncing Eggs 46
The Slime Workshop 50
Experiment Variation: Customize Your Slime 52

CHAPTER 3: EARTH SCIENCE
Whirling, Twirling Twisters 56
Artful Oceans 59
Balloon Magic 63
Saltwater Flashlights 66
Experiment Variation: What's a Circuit? What Are Conductors? 69
Saltwater Magic 71
Make Yer Own Pirate Treasure 74
Creating Clouds 77

CHAPTER 4: PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Turn Up the Noise 82
Experiment Variation: The Sound of Water 84
A Kitchen Symphony 86
Optical Illusions 89
Experiment Variation: The Incredible Bending Pencil 91
It's a Colorful World 92
Nail Salon Science 96
Magnet Mayhem 100
Experiment Variation: Magnets in Water 102
Space Exploration 103

CHAPTER 5: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
All about Compost 108
Experiment Variation: Build an Indoor Compost Bin 111
Candy Erosion 112
It's Too Hot Up Here 115
Experiment Variation: Colorful Currents 117
The Great Rust Race 118
Don't Be a Litterbug 120

Glossary 124
Resources 125
Works Cited 125
About the Author 127
Acknowledgments 127
About the Photographer 127
Index 128

About the Author

Julia Garstecki is an experienced teacher and author of dozens of nonfiction books for children, including Science in a Jar; Pick, Spit & Scratch; Sniff, Lick & Scratch; and Burp, Spit & Fart. She has also written several parenting pieces for various magazines. Julia completed her undergraduate work at Michigan State University, where she earned her degree in Elementary Education while minoring in both English and Biology. Her graduate degree focused on reading instruction and she later earned her certification for special education. She currently teaches writing at Goodwin College.

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"With "Science in a Jar", kids and grown-ups need only gather a jar and a few other inexpensive and readily available household objects to begin investigating and confirming the science at work all around them. The 35+ experiments included cover various scientific disciplines: life science, earth science, physical science, weather, and more. Some activities, like creating a cloud in a jar, are quick experiments that can be performed over and over again. Others, like the earthworm habitat, will be enjoyed over time. "Science in a Jar" also features several projects that help demonstrate how science and art intertwine -- the sometimes overlooked "A" in STEAM! Each experiment is headed by a supplies list and difficulty level, as well as a short description of the project to be undertaken and the scientific principles with which the readers will interact. Directions and photographs guide readers through the scientific method in each experiment, while short features offer multileveled reading opportunities with explanations of terms, interesting quick facts, and brief descriptions of how scientists apply the specific concepts that readers just witnessed in the larger world today. In addition to providing readers with a better understanding of basic scientific concepts, "Science in a Jar" ignites curiosity, increases confidence to investigate scientific concepts, and fosters a love of science. Ideal for a homeschooling curriculum textbook, "Science in a Jar: 35+ Experiments in Biology, Chemistry, Weather, the Environment, and More!" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99) and is unreservedly recommended for elementary school, middle school, and community library DIY science collections for children ages 8-12." * Midwest Book Review *
"Do you have a surplus of glass jars clogging your cupboards and children who are curious and excited about the world? If so, Julia Garstecki's collection of more than 35 household experiments may be a great addition to your library. This book is divided into chapters on life science, chemistry, earth science, physical science, and environmental science. Similar to Jonathan Adolph's 2018 book Mason Jar Science, the premise is that all of these experiments are to be conducted using glass jars of varying sizes. Although the aim is to use common household materials (stock up on food coloring-you'll need it!), experiments occasionally call for items that are unlikely to be lying around (e.g., iron filings and a dual-probe thermometer).

For each experiment, the central concepts being tested are artfully conveyed using bright, inviting photos and accessibly written introductions, followed by a materials list and clear step-by-step instructions. Each experiment closes with an "Observations" section, which provides explanations and further questions. Fun facts on tangential topics-from earthworm poop to the autonomous sensory meridian response-make an occasional appearance.

Many classic household experiments-such as dissolving eggs in acid, synthesizing slime, and generating explosions of vinegar and baking soda-can be found among the book's 120+ pages. Although most of the experiments listed are meant to be conducted indoors, several encourage children to go outside and explore the natural world. Where Science in a Jar really shines is with its simplest experiments, which manage to explain broadly interesting concepts-such as why puppies snuggle when they sleep and how clouds form-in a fun and accessible way."
-- Seth Scanlon * Science Magazine *

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