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This second edition of the useful Power Basics series is stronger and more user-friendly. Targeting a student audience that is typically daunted by the length and complexity of traditional textbooks, this series provides the essentials of a junior or senior high curriculum (on-level content) with below-level readability (4th grade). Learners build literacy and critical-thinking skills as they interpret, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize scientific information. They likewise apply these skills in their daily lives. The step-by-step lessons are manageable with clearly defined examples. Workbook activities provide frequent practice and review while supporting different learning styles.

Traditional textbooks typically are written for an above-average reader, cover a wide range of content and are filled with photographs, illustrations, and other visual elements. For some students the amount of material is overpowering, the visual elements are distracting and the rapid pace is unnerving. Power Basics has streamlined the textbook approach while presenting essential content (adhering to NSE standards) allowing students to succeed.

The program has four components: student book, workbook, teacher’s guide, and test packet. Repeating, recognizable icons are used throughout the series.

Each Student Book (of varying lengths) is divided into units each of which has a series of lessons on related topics with one lesson for each topic. Each lesson begins with a clear, student-centered goal and a list of Words to Know introduced in the lessons. (Vocabulary word definitions are included in the glossary found in both the teacher’s guide and the student book.) There is a brief introduction to the topic followed by instructional text that presents essential information in short, easy-to-understand sections. This is followed by a practice activity (set of questions) that lets students apply what they’ve just learned. Each unit concludes with a review (multiple choice questions) and several application activities. The student text has several special features: Think About It - asking students to use critical-thinking skills, Tip - useful hints to help remember specific pieces of information, and Real-Life which shows how the material connects to their own lives. Although sparing, illustrations & charts are interspersed throughout the text which also employs an accent color. A summary of rules and other important information, a glossary with pronunciation guide, and an index make up the reference section accompanying each student text. Application Activities (science observations and experiments) accompany each unit.

For each lesson the consumable Workbook provides a variety of practice and extension activities especially geared for different learning styles. Answers are provided in a separate key. Some of the activities from the Earth & Space Science series: writing short biographical essays of notable scientists, doing reading comprehension, understanding graphic organizer showing the chain reactions to global warming, experimenting with changes in air pressure, producing an illustrated geologic timetable, filling in a vocabulary crossword, drawing a diagram of lake-effect snow.

The Teacher Guide gives an overview of each unit with suggestions for additional extension activities as well as a complete answer key to all the practice activities & unit reviews. Also provided is a chart showing how to correlate the textbook material with the workbook activities. The guide also includes duplicates of the glossary and appendices from the student text. Reproducible graphic organizers (web, hierarchical diagram, fishbone map, and cycle) are useful homeschool tools but the Record-Keeper is more oriented to the classroom. I particularly liked the generic grading rubric for application activities. Determining how to grade projects always seemed to derail me. Some examples of additional activities from the Earth & Space Science series include: researching the four major types of air masses, hosting a guest speaker from water testing facility, creating own fossils, and planning a trip to a planetarium.

The Test Packet includes a pre-test and post-test as well as unit test for each unit in the student text. This packet also includes suggestions for testing students who do not test well along with test-taking strategies for both the Power Basics series and standardized testing.

Each Single Pack includes the Student Book, the Workbook & Key, the Teacher’s Guide, and the Test Pack.

This series fills a need within the homeschool community. While not as strong or as challenging as some of our textbook courses, those courses tend to be from Christian publishers and incorporate a biblical worldview. This series from a secular publisher provides a complete course that can be strengthened for a grade-level reader by adding appropriate reading and research projects while using the course as a study framework. ~ Janice



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Biology Power Basic Single

Biology Power Basic Single
Item #: 041172
ISBN: 9780825161209
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $61.00
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Biology Student Book (Power Basics)

Biology Student Book (Power Basics)
Item #: 033183
ISBN: 9780825156168
EAN: 700507029848
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $29.00
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Biology Student Workbk & Ans Key (Power Basic

Biology Student Workbk & Ans Key (Power Basic
Item #: 033182
ISBN: 9780825156205
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $16.00
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Biology Teacher’s Guide (Power Basics)

Biology Teacher’s Guide (Power Basics)
Item #: 033184
ISBN: 9780825156199
EAN: 700507029879
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $7.00
Rainbow Price: $5.95

Biology Test Pack w/ Answer Key (Pwr Basics)

Biology Test Pack w/ Answer Key (Pwr Basics)
Item #: 033185
ISBN: 9780825158575
EAN: 700507032251
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $21.00
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Chemistry Power Basic Single

Chemistry Power Basic Single
Item #: 041173
ISBN: 9780825161216
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $61.00
Rainbow Price: $44.95

Chemistry Student Book (Power Basics)

Chemistry Student Book (Power Basics)
Item #: 033187
ISBN: 9780825156250
EAN: 700507029930
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $26.00
Rainbow Price: $19.95

Chemistry Student Workbook & Answer Key (PB)

Chemistry Student Workbook & Answer Key (PB)
Item #: 033186
ISBN: 9780825156298
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $16.00
Rainbow Price: $12.50

Chemistry Teacher’s Guide (Power Basics)

Chemistry Teacher’s Guide (Power Basics)
Item #: 033189
ISBN: 9780825156281
EAN: 700507029961
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $7.00
Rainbow Price: $5.95

Chemistry Test Pk w/ Answer Key (Pwr Basics)

Chemistry Test Pk w/ Answer Key (Pwr Basics)
Item #: 033188
ISBN: 9780825156038
EAN: 700507029718
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $21.00
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Earth & Space Science Student Book (Pow Basic

Earth & Space Science Student Book (Pow Basic
Item #: 033192
ISBN: 9780825156342
EAN: 700507030028
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $26.00
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Earth & Space Science Teacher Guide (PB)

Earth & Space Science Teacher Guide (PB)
Item #: 033193
ISBN: 9780825156373
EAN: 700507030059
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $7.00
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Earth and Space Power Basic Single

Earth and Space Power Basic Single
Item #: 041175
ISBN: 9780825161223
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $61.00
Rainbow Price: $44.95

Earth And Space Science Student Workbook and Answer Key

Earth And Space Science Student Workbook and Answer Key
Item #: 033190
ISBN: 9780825156380
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $16.00
Rainbow Price: $12.50

Earth And Space Science Test Pack and Answer Key

Earth And Space Science Test Pack and Answer Key
Item #: 033191
ISBN: 9780825156212
EAN: 700507029893
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $21.00
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Physics Power Basic Single

Physics Power Basic Single
Item #: 041178
ISBN: 9780825161230
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $61.00
Rainbow Price: $44.95

Physics Student Book (Power Basics)

Physics Student Book (Power Basics)
Item #: 033205
ISBN: 9780825156434
EAN: 700507030110
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $26.00
Rainbow Price: $19.95

Physics Student Workbook & Ans Key (Power Bas

Physics Student Workbook & Ans Key (Power Bas
Item #: 033202
ISBN: 9780825156472
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $16.00
Rainbow Price: $12.50

Physics Teacher’s Guide (Power Basics)

Physics Teacher’s Guide (Power Basics)
Item #: 033203
ISBN: 9780825156465
EAN: 700507030141
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $7.00
Rainbow Price: $5.95

Physics Test Pack w/ Ans Key (Power Basics)

Physics Test Pack w/ Ans Key (Power Basics)
Item #: 033204
ISBN: 9780825156755
EAN: 700507030431
Grades: 6-12
Retail: $21.00
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