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Nonfiction Monday: The Unexpected (Science Fairs and Magic)

Things aren't always what they appear to be in this fiction/nonfiction book pair for grades 3-5.

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64daringexperimentsThe Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists
by Sean Connolly (Author)

Reading level: Gr 3-5
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing

Learn how to make a Frankstein Hand (page 46), turn milk into stone (page 52), make Do-It-Yourself Blubber (page 160) and more in this book of "daring" science experiments.

(See a video of some of the experiments in this book.)

Pair With

MerlinghostHumpty Dumpty Junior: Hardboiled Detective: The Mystery of Merlin and the Gruesome Ghost
by Nate Evan, Paul Hindman and Vince Evans

Reading level: Gr 3-5
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks

When Lily discovers a ghost at her school, Merlin's Institute for the Knowledge of Everything, she asks Humpty and his sidekick Rat for help. Who will take the sword out of the stone in New Yolk City and save the day?


It's that time of year again! Before you begin this year's science fair projects, read A Teacher's Guide to Finding Science Fair Projects

Add this Spark Science Fair Success article to your next parent newsletter.

Search for science fair projects by topic and grade level.

Students can't decide on a science fair project? Use the Topic Selection Wizard to help them find a topic that matches their interests.

Explore the life and legends of King Arthur.

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