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    Please bear with me while I fumble through my explanation...I'm trying to find a book for my son (he's five, but the book could be on any level--I'd probably have to read it w/him anyway) that describes how things (in every day life) change on a molecular (I think) level. For example, what happens when water freezes...I mean he wants to know what happens specifically to the hydrogen and oxygen molecules; same thing for when water boils etc...hmm...I'm trying to think of more examples and coming up blank right now, but that's the gist of it.

    If anyone has half a clue what I'm talking about that would be great! Even better if anyone has any suggestions!!

    Thanks!

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    Here is a site that has some of these explanations. If you look over to the right, there is a list that includes topics like "States" and "Phase change". Start with the "Matter" page and then go straight down the list.

    I know that Isaac Asimov wrote a couple of great, very conversational science essays about water and ice that discussed the physical structural changes that happen during phase changes in water specifically. I read them when I was about 7 or 8. If you can get your hands on some of his books of collected science essays, you might find what you are looking for there.

    Edit: I believe that the essay might be in "The Left Hand of the Electron".

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    Thanks! I'll definitely look into these.

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    DD loved the Magic School Bus episodes on molecular behavior at that age.

    The one that I'm thinking of discusses soap molocules, hydrophobic "dirt" and the process of solute/solvent/solvation of particles via a very correct and cogent discussion (albeit a playful one) of colligative properties.

    I'm thinking that there are some similar episodes that discuss changes of state.

    ETA: I'm a chemist-- so I have pretty high standards for accuracy even in materials intended for children. MSB is awesome as a springboard for deeper exploration because it is so accurate.


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    I highly recommend Gravitas Publications Real Science 4 Kids Chemistry Pre Level 1! My son loved it! There's the text book, work book where they do the experiments, as well as a teachers guide manual. You can view the entire text online and view the entire books here as well as their other books in the series Physics and Biology! They are really awesome!
    http://store.gravitaspublications.com/pl1_chem_print/C00PST.html

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    We also love all the lets Read and Find out series books here's one that you two might like:
    http://www.amazon.com/Solids-Liquid...mp;s=books&qid=1303789020&sr=8-4

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    Thanks for the recommendations--they're all great!

    I love the Magic School Bus Episodes too--didn't know about that one, will have to check it out.

    The Real Science 4 Kids site is great! Hard to believe it's free!

    I'm going to see if they have your other recommendation at my local book store.

    Thanks again!

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    Originally Posted by HowlerKarma
    DD loved the Magic School Bus episodes on molecular behavior at that age.

    The one that I'm thinking of discusses soap molocules, hydrophobic "dirt" and the process of solute/solvent/solvation of particles via a very correct and cogent discussion (albeit a playful one) of colligative properties.

    I'm thinking that there are some similar episodes that discuss changes of state.

    ETA: I'm a chemist-- so I have pretty high standards for accuracy even in materials intended for children. MSB is awesome as a springboard for deeper exploration because it is so accurate.

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    Did you think the videos were as good as the original books? I avoided the videos because I assumed they were like the chapter books, rather simplistic with the science. DS 5 (at 4) LOVED the original books and is disappointed there aren't any new ones.

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    Originally Posted by bbq797
    Please bear with me while I fumble through my explanation...I'm trying to find a book for my son (he's five, but the book could be on any level--I'd probably have to read it w/him anyway) that describes how things (in every day life) change on a molecular (I think) level. For example, what happens when water freezes...I mean he wants to know what happens specifically to the hydrogen and oxygen molecules; same thing for when water boils etc...hmm...I'm trying to think of more examples and coming up blank right now, but that's the gist of it.

    If anyone has half a clue what I'm talking about that would be great! Even better if anyone has any suggestions!!

    Thanks!

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    Have you seen the simon basher books? Some other thread here recommended them and they are really nicely done. Although I can't remember if they have the exact specificity your DS is looking for.
    Basher/Physics

    also, if your guy is sciency like mine, you can't go wrong with the brainwaves, we have all of them except the invetors one, and DS LOVES them - he goes back to them again and again because there is so much info there
    brainwaves

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    www.brainpop.com is also good

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