Seeing Life Through the Eyes of Kids
Beguiling Ideas about Science
beguiling ideas about science quoted here were collected from essays,
exams, and class room discussions; most were from fifth- and sixth-graders.
They illustrate Mark Twain's contention that the "most interesting
information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop."
horsepower is the amount of energy it takes to drag a horse
500 feet in one second.
can listen to thunder after lightening and tell how close
you came to getting hit. If you don't hear it you got hit,
so never mind.
they broke open molecules, they found they were only stuffed
with atoms. But when they broke open atoms, they found them
stuffed with explosions.
people run around and around in circles we say they are crazy.
When planets do it we say they are orbiting.
books now say our sun is a star. But it still knows how to
change back into a sun in the daytime.
dead animals of the past changed to fossils, others preferred
to be oil.
are nothings. We only mention them to let them know we know
people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun. But
I have never been able to make out the numbers.
say the cause of perfume disappearing is evaporation.
Evaporation gets blamed for a lot of things people forget
to put the top on.
am not sure how clouds get formed. But the clouds know how
to do it, and that is the important thing.
is so poisonous that one drop of it on a dog's tongue will
kill the strongest man.
is a rich source of loudness.
and isobars are even more important than their names sound.
is so hot in some parts of the world that the people there
have to live other places.
new teacher told us all about fossils. Before she came to
our class, I didn't know what a fossil looked like.
studied the salvation of dogs.
molecule is so small that it can't be seen by the naked observer.
biology today, we digested a frog.
prevent head colds, use an agonizer to spray into your nose
until it drops down into your throat.
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