Basic Science Mysteries Chapter 5 Text

Basic Science Mysteries Chapter 5 Text

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ISBN: 9781594763861
Grades: 7

Publisher Description:

Basic Science Mysteries is designed as a seventh-grade science course. Five soft-cover texts cover Earth and life sciences, plus studies on the Periodic Table of the Elements and the solar system. Each scientific concept is enhanced by adventure vignettes in which young people help solve community mysteries by applying the scientific method of discovery and positive character traits, such as integrity, honesty, commitment, diligence, and kindness. Five companion activity books are designed to “walk” students through the five Basic Science Mysteries texts in chronological order, enabling students to complete academics with clarity and understanding. A unique feature of all Paradigm courses are inclusion of virtues designed to influence character and development of personal responsibility. The narrative, high-interest, approach of Basic Science Mysteries engages students so they progress through comprehensive scientific material with captivating engagement. Students are exposed to scientific evidence which explores traditional and contemporary theories about the origin of life and the formation of our planet and universe. Texts and activities combine to allow students to evaluate scientific theories rationally. Selected questions in each Activity also serve as preparation for state academic assessment exams. This course is applicable in regular classrooms or in individualized learning programs in which students progress through the course as rapidly as desired or as slowly as needed.

Category Description for Basic Science Mysteries (Grade 7):

By customer request, we have added the 7th and 8th grade science courses from Paradigm Accelerated as well. Basic Science Mysteries is made up of five chapter segments which cover a good mix of life science, earth and space science, and physical science concepts. Topics at this level include: human anatomy, health, genetics, ecosystems, food chains, conservation, astronomy, weather, geology, simple machines, electricity, gravity and forces, matter, metals, theories of origins and much more. Chapters are broken down into sections of five lessons each. Lessons contain about 2-3 pages of text, with a unique "hook" at the beginning. Each lesson begins with a brief episode from a mystery story that runs through the text. In Chapter 1, the main character and his friends witness a drive-by shooting attempt, then find up a bag of mysterious chemicals the driver tossed from his car. Because the story snippet ties in with the lesson's topic, the science concepts seem relevant and even exciting at times. After the text portion of the lesson has been read, students turn to the Activities book for 15-30 questions related to the daily lesson. Choose the printed texts below, or the complete text on CD-ROM. The Full Course Kit includes printed texts, printed activities, and the printed Teacher's Resource Kit (with digital downloads of the Teacher's Resource Kit). - Jess




Category Description for Paradigm Accelerated Science Programs:

Designed specifically for self-study (although they can also be used in a classroom situation), these courses have a few things in common with Alpha Omega LIFEPACs. First of all, the course is broken down into booklet-sized increments. Secondly, the work is primarily reading and workbook activities. Hands-on "lab" activities are not incorporated into the courses, although you could add them on fairly easily. One major difference, however, is that Paradigm Accelerated courses are not written from a religious standpoint, although they promote good values and are more conservative than most other secular curriculums. One final general note: Paradigm's courses are designed to appeal to all students, even those who may not be interested in science. If your student already loves science and is looking towards a science-related major in college, they may need a more rigorous program.

The courses are made up of text booklets, activity booklets, and a teacher's resource kit. (For some courses, the text portion is available on CD-ROM in .pdf format.) All of the instruction to the student is found in the text. Text booklets each represent a chapter of the course and typically contain three sections, each of which is split into five lessons, or 15 lessons per chapter. Each lesson is between three and four pages in length, and they are usually focused on a specific topic. Definitions of introduced vocabulary used in the lesson and black-and-white illustrations and diagrams further augment each lesson. Lessons always end with a Life Principle, which is usually a thought-provoking quote from a notable individual that relates in some way to the lesson. After the lesson has been read, the student can complete the corresponding activity pages which are typically made up of short-answer, multiple-choice, true/false, and "list" questions that reinforce the lesson. Students are also asked to write the Life Principle for the lesson. There are about 15-25 questions for each lesson which is a fair amount, considering the length of the lesson itself. After five lessons and lesson activities have been completed, there is a review quiz. Quizzes include approximately 50 questions, mostly short answer and multiple-choice. Chapter tests are taken after a whole chapter has been studied and are about 50 questions in length. Quizzes and chapter tests are found in the Teacher's Resource Packet, which also includes complete answer keys and forms for teacher use. Please note that no answers are found in the student materials. Teacher's Resource Kits are available as a CD-ROM with .pdf files or as a loose-leaf paper copy with the CD-ROM. The content is identical between the CD and the paper copy but there may be times when one form or the other is more convenient. (Please note the publisher is transitioning from CD-ROMS to digital downloads.) - Jess




Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE SCIENCE PROGRAMS:

Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.


Primary Subject
Science
Grade
7
ISBN
9781594763861
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum
Weight
0.35 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.25"
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This is great for independent learners, it's interesting and my son can work thru it all on his own. He actually enjoys this curriculum!
Martha Q on Jan 29, 2018
This is great for independent learners, it's interesting and my son can work thru it all on his own. He actually enjoys this curriculum!
Martha Q on Jan 29, 2018
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