Rocky Treats

Rocky Treats

With this project, you can see how molecules that are separated can come back together—and then you get to eat the results! CAUTION: An adult needs to help with the boiling water.
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Build the Best Swimmer

Build the Best Swimmer

From Gravity

Discover how the connection between swimming and gravity!

Magnetic Field Viewer

Magnetic Field Viewer

From Electricity

You can see magnetic fields in action with this easy-to-make viewer.

Explore Friction on a Ramp

Explore Friction on a Ramp

From The Physics of Fun

One part of physics that affects everything you do is friction! Friction is a force that occurs when two surfaces rub against each other. Smoother surfaces generate less friction, while rough or bumpy surfaces generate more friction. Check it out!

Eat a Water Molecule

Eat a Water Molecule

From Chemical Reactions!

We now know what the formula for water looks like. What does an actual molecule of water look like? How can we see something that small? Powerful X-ray machinery allows scientists to predict how the atoms in a molecule look. Let’s build a model so we can see, too.



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++: Highly Recommended
“The author did an outstanding job of making the concepts of molecules and atoms understandable for an elementary student, and these concepts are critical to the discussion of density. Difficult content was developed in a logical sequence and there is a good flow of ideas and experiments within the book. This book is an excellent resource for an elementary science classroom studying forms of matter.”

Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children’s Media Recommended -- Superior in style, liveliness, integrity and format.
“Who doesn’t like a good science experiment, especially when mixing, burning, shaking or freezing are involved. Kathleen M. Reilly provides the background vocabulary and explanations of key principals of matter, solids, liquids, and gasses. Real strengths of this book include, the extensive use of academic language, use of analogies and metaphors to understand abstract concepts and the illustrations, diagrams and vocabulary boxes found on every page. Project pages follow every section and can be done with regular household supplies or easily located. Directions for each of the projects are stated clearly, numbered and have a separate supply list with metric as well as familiar measurements. What Happened and Things to Think About sections provide additional support and the back material is superb.”

“The accessible text takes a friendly tone, providing ample background information and easily recognizable everyday examples. Cartoon illustrations, inset boxes with facts, and occasional jokes help keep readers engaged. Experimenters are asked to make predictions, try multiple variations, and record observations. This book should provide inspiration and insights into scientific exploration for students, teachers, and budding mad scientists.”

Library Media Connections
This introduction to basic chemistry investigates solids, liquids, and gases and how these forms of matter change and transform. With a frog-like creature with Albert Einstein’s face as the guide, each chapter provides background material leading the reader to a series of well-constructed hands-on activities. Bolded “Words to Know” are defined immediately in sidebars on the same page. Other text features include “Did You Know?” balloons and the occasional “What’s So Funny?” science joke. This is an attractive presentation, easy to navigate, that encourages young readers to learn through text and experimentation. Recommended”

National Science Teachers Association Recommends (
"Need something new to spice up your explorations? Twenty-five easy to do investigations, easy to find materials, and excellent explanations will help any teacher to make the study of matter more exciting for classes filled with eager students . . . This book is a must-have for any teacher's personal library!"

Christine Burillo-Kirch, Ph.D
"Thoughtful, engaging explanations coupled with fun experiments and endearing illustrations that demystify difficult scientific concepts. A generation of future scientists will be inspired to go into the kitchen and get to the crux of the matter of ‘matter'!"

Dr. Christopher Gorman, Professor of Chemistry, North Carolina State University
"Fun activities that illustrate how matter behaves in its different forms. Just the sort of thing to pique a budding, young scientist's curiosity!"


Detailed Book Description

For a kid, watching a solid turn into a liquid or a liquid into a gas is nothing short of magic. In Explore Solids and Liquids! With 25 Great Projects kids experience the wonder of different states of matter. They'll learn what matter is made of, how it can change, and how these interactions really work in our universe. With plenty of activities and projects, young readers gain a solid understanding of the matter they touch, see, feel, and experience every single day.

As young readers discover the basic concepts and vocabulary of chemistry, they will experiment with household objects to discover how solids, liquids, and gases occupy space. Kids will dissolve solids into liquids and bring them back again, use salt and pepper to demonstrate water's surface tension, and fly helium-filled balloons to see what happens to molecules at different temperatures. Illustrated with cartoon illustrations and filled with fun facts, Explore Solids and Liquids! makes science entertaining and exciting.

Available In:
Hardcover, $19.95
Paperback, $14.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 96 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Chemistry | Physical Science
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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6