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Ideas and Inventions

Leaf Venation
581 LEA
1 leaf model. Grade Level: K - 12
Exhibits six common leaves of different venation. Includes a leaf skeleton. Labeled. 

Look What I Found: Making Codes and Solving Mysteries
500 LOO
1 VHS videocassette 45 minutes.
Demonstrates science projects that use simple materials and tools. Projects: fingerprints, tin can telephones, periscopes, and codes. Includes related book lists and activities. 

Mr. Wizard's World: Chemical Tests
540 MRW
1 VHS videocassette 26 minutes, 1 ditto, 1 teachers guide.
Activity segments: What Makes a Candle Burn?; Testing for Hydrogen; Kitchen Chromatography; Cabbage Juice Indicator; Starch Iodine Test; Iodine Clock Reaction. Recommended:  Kitchen Chromatography, Cabbage Juice Indicator.

Riddle of Wizard's Oak: Symmetry
510 RID
1 VHS videocassette 15 minutes, 1 teachers guide.
Students solve geometry riddles by examining lines, reflectional and rotational symmetry as found in nature and mirrors.

Inventions Extensions:

Gizmo
608 GIZ
1 VHS videocassette (76 minutes)
A tribute to unusual inventions and inventors. Includes original footage from early 1900's to the present.

Reading Rainbow: Alistair's Time Machine
F REA
1 VHS videocassette 30 minutes, 4 hardback books, 1 teachers guide.
Story about a boy who builds his own time machine. Meet a wacky woman inventor from the Stone Age, Thomas Edison, and a clever machine from the future that has its own surprises for LeVar. Students look at amusing inventions from the past that never quite made it into today's lifestyle.
Book title: Alistair's Time Machine; What Does it Do?; Many Lives of Benjamin Franklin; Find Waldo Now.

Reading Rainbow: Galimoto
E REA
1 VHS videocassette 30 minutes, 3 hardback books, 2 teachers guides
Story of a young African boy who uses his wits to search for scraps of wire to make his own galimoto. Explores the many practical uses of wire in our everyday world.
Book titles: Galimoto; Little Pigs' Puppet Book; My First Activity Book. 

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