Elements Introduction to Chemistry Curriculum

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Item #: 022079
ISBN: 9780982537718
Grades: 3-7

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Publisher: Ellen McHenry's Basement Workshop

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Age-appropriate and easy to use
I have used this with my 3rd grader who requested learning chemistry when we started homeschooling. It is easy to implement (low prep) and he was able to understand the content. There are plenty of activities to keep students interested - not only written activities but active, crafty and edible activities as well. Some of the games are better suited to groups, but this wasn't a serious drawback. (We have a high-schooler taking 'real' chemistry too, so he stepped in to participate...) Everything you need to print is provided on CD, which is convenient. My only complaint is that some of the weblinks suggested for information/videos no longer work.
August 22, 2016
over 3 years ago
The first chemistry book that we have used and I love the fact that the text is not "dry" in any sense - learning a lot and being entertained at the same time.
May 24, 2016
over 3 years ago
This book is Awesome! It makes the elements easy to understand fun and even entertaining My 5th grader loved it and we look forward to using more books by the same author
March 23, 2012
On my quick preview I liked how things are presented and the kids really like the cartoons inside I think this is a reasonable introduction to chemistry for kids[Editor's note: 10-21-10 The activity described below was modified in 2010 and the following information is no longer accurate] However I noted a few things that I thought needed correction Chapter 1 activity #4 Either just drop it or change all the units (liters pounds etc) to number of atoms or even thousands of atoms Quick explanation: 1 volume measure depends on the state of the matter (ie H2O liquid or gas have different volumes) 2 using weight you must factor in the atomic weight of the atom (ie there's a group of moms each holding a baby in her arms--guess they are bonded If the weight of all the moms is 3000 pounds we do not have 3000 pounds worth of children)
April 7, 2009
Of all the science we have ever done at any level this is the most fun! We were looking for an elementary to middle school level chemistry curriculum as an introduction to chemistry for our children so that their first exposure to chemistry was before high school We wanted them to be at least acquainted with this wonderful subject This curriculum far exceeded our expectations It is simple to use a just "open and start" curriculum The supplies you need for experiments are actually found around the house even our house I am always frustrated with science experiments calling for household items that "everyone" has in their home yet we never seem to have in ours The text is intriguing to read even for little ones Information is presented in an exciting story format containing wonderful information for children of all ages even older children She explains scientific concepts in such an easy to understand way that even the least scientific among us will understand and enjoy this curriculum She really brings chemistry to life through stories games drawings experiments activities songs crafts and more If my children had gotten their wish we would have done this exclusively until it was done I'm not sure we've ever looked so forward to science! This same author has other curricula that we can't wait to use We plan to use "The Elements: Ingredients of the Universe" with a small group of young children this fall Our children are excited to do it all over again While they love to learn I'm not sure how many things they would be excited to turn around and repeat immediately after completion so that says something about this program The price is great for the product: money we feel was very well spent This encompasses all learning styles being a comprehensive multi-sensory developmentally appropriate introduction to chemistry I would highly recommend this in the years preceding higher level science There is simply no other product that compares Many people we talked with when looking for something like this said that chemistry is a higher level science This program proves how wonderful and appropriate chemistry can be for younger children Our children have learned so much from this not only in knowledge but in application This curriculum definitely rates in the top ten of everything we've used over the past ten years of homeschooling
August 28, 2008
Elements could make chemistry your children's favorite subject; it is everything in the product description--elementary school children really can understand the organization of the periodic chart (families of elements) atomic structure and simple chemical bonds It could be completed quickly (1 month) and simply by just reading the seven chaptersor get into the games songs review activities internet sites lab experiments and plays for a good semester course The author hits the right balance to make this curriculum adaptable for an age range 5 yo to adult with stories simple experiments and games for the little ones and clear technical information and projects for the older student (would make a great co-op course) A winner with my 5 yo 10 yo & 12 yo and an extremely solid foundation for their future science courses
June 20, 2008
BUY THIS CURRICULUM!! I absolutely loved it I used it with my 4th and 5th grade daughters and it was amazingly easy to use to learn all about Chemistry I highly recommend it
January 3, 2007
This program is fantastic! I used it at home with my five and seven year olds When I took them out for fast food my five year old looks at the drink cup where it says RB (for root beer) and he says "Is it safe to drink Rubidium?" Unbelievable!! I then used this in a co-op with 5-8 year olds and I had them so excited about doing electron configurations their moms thought I was a scientist Ha! Ha! I know NOTHING about Chemistry Absolutly wonderful program!
October 9, 2006
This chemistry curriculum was outstanding It is well written easy to understand and alot of fun I used this with my 3rd 4th and 7th grade students My three year old actually memorized a large portion of the elements by listening to the CD This has been my favorite science curriculum in all my years of homeschooling
May 10, 2006
Did your children (students) learn from it what you thought they would? Absolutely My children enjoyed using the materials and demonstrated very good comprehension and retention They transitioned from this to high school level chemistry with surprising ease (and that wasn't even a goal) Did you find it easy to use? Yes!Was the teacher's manual (where applicable) helpful and/or necessary? N/AHow much teacher preparation is necessary? Very littleHow successful were you in using it with multiple age students? VeryHow does it work for various learning styles? GreatIs there any additional information that would have been helpful to have prior to ordering/using it? NoHow does it compare to another similar product? I haven't found anything similar but I wish I could!Is the product a good value (ie was it worth the expense)? Definitely! This is one of the best instructional purchases we've ever made
August 16, 2005
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Great review at Amazon.
WeiHsin F on Mar 24, 2019
better understanding
martina s on Apr 1, 2018
Great review at Amazon.
WeiHsin F on Mar 24, 2019
From what I can see in the description and photos, I like the teaching approach, the use of recipes to explain the periodic table. I believe my children will really enjoy this textbook.
AnneMarie M on Dec 20, 2018
better understanding
martina s on Apr 1, 2018
I chose this product because it made chemistry sound interesting. My class in high school was mostly math based and very boring. I wanted something my daughter would enjoy.
MARY K on May 18, 2017
We've heard great things about using this in a intensive co-op situation and will be giving it a try.
Sheri V on Apr 16, 2017
We enjoyed the Organic Chemistry CD from the same author and decided to purchase this book too.
James C on Mar 19, 2017
Seems like a good bridge between a basic study of elements and high school science courses.
carina m on May 31, 2016
It was recommended by someone as a good introduction to elements.
Elena G on May 12, 2016
This looks very cool and I have very science oriented kids
Karen H on Apr 24, 2016
Looks like fun activities to supplement program
Nancy Y on Apr 7, 2016
From what I can see in the description and photos, I like the teaching approach, the use of recipes to explain the periodic table. I believe my children will really enjoy this textbook.
AnneMarie M on Dec 20, 2018
I chose this product because it made chemistry sound interesting. My class in high school was mostly math based and very boring. I wanted something my daughter would enjoy.
MARY K on May 18, 2017
answer key? where is it?
A shopper on Feb 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is in the middle of the book, page 81 or if you are paying attention to the readings, the answers are straight from the text.
Does the need to what done chemistry 1 to use this book? Can we skip chemistry 1 and move right into chemistry 2?
User on Jan 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This amazing book is solely an introduction to the elements of the Periodic Table. It is not a full chemistry course. We used it for a science co-op with mostly middle school students and it was fun and right at their level.
How many lessons / chapters in this book? Could someone provide a table of contents?
A shopper on May 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There are eight chapters, each of which has multiple activities including worksheets, songs, links to videos and an end-of-chapter comic strip:

1. What is an Element?
2. The Periodic Table
3. Atoms
4. More About Atoms
5. Meet the Alkali and Halogen Families
6. The Noble Gases and Non-Metals
7. Metals: Semi-, Pure and Transition
8. The Lanthanides and Actinides

There is a large section at the back for various games, crafts, experiments, even skits. We did all the activities and spent about a week on each chapter.
does this book come with a cd?
A shopper on Feb 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this book does come with a cd. The cd contains the entire book, as well as songs. We really like using this book -- it is full of activities that are engaging & help make chemistry enjoyable. I use the actual hardcopy of the book during lesson time. The cd is helpful because the book contains lots of activities you can copy (we pick & choose which ones we do), and it's much easier to print the activities from the cd. Some examples of activities are memory games, a board game, trading cards, and skits. Do plan on making/printing copies (& doing some cutting), as these activities are really what makes this book great. Along with this book, we use Theodore Gray's "The Elements" and Basher Science "The Periodic Table" to learn more about each element (especially helpful when making the trading cards).
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