Discovering Earth's Landforms and Surface Features

Discovering Earth's Landforms and Surface Features

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Item #: 000880
ISBN: 9781929683123
Grades: K-8

Product Description:

In the newest offering in the Great Science Adventures Series, young scientists will explore the Earth's surface, including such topics such as the lithosphere, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and geysers, types of rocks, minerals, fossils, soil, weathering and erosion, caves, glaciers, bodies of water, deserts and more. This curriculum follows the same approach as is presented in the other Great Science Adventure books, such as the student constructing their own Lots of Science Library Books, learning the presented vocabulary words, creating graphic organizers to aid in their activities/investigations, creating your own lab investigations using the Investigative Loop, and then following up with more suggested activities. For a more complete review of this curriculum, please see the review of Great Science Adventures, or The World of Plants.

Hardcopy, 150-page books which include both textual and how-to information plus reproducible pages.

Publisher Description:

In Discovering Earth’s Landforms and Surface Features students explore the physical features of the earth. Topics include the lithosphere, earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, and more.

  • 24 hands-on lessons appropriate for grades K-8 at different mastery levels facilitating multi-level teaching
  • Lots of Science Library Books with information, pictures, and diagrams
  • Investigative Loop guides the student through each step of the lab activities with materials lists, questions, and data for students to record
  • 3D Graphic Organizers provide a format for students of all levels to conceptualize, analyze, review, and apply the concepts of the lesson
  • Teacher Pages include vocabulary words, maps, assessments, and assignments

Category Description for Great Science Adventures:

What child wouldn't jump at the chance to put together his or her own science program? Well, now they can. Literally. This series, by paper-manipulating guru Dinah Zike and author Susan Simpson, has a very unique way of teaching science. The basic idea behind the series is to put complicated information in a simple-to-understand visual format to ease learning and extend retention. Rather than displaying the information in textbook form with questions at the end of each chapter, this is a much more novel way of presenting the material. For each lesson, students construct a Lots of Science Library Book using the masters provided inside the main book. These small books (2.5" x 4" when finished) contain all the information, pictures and diagrams needed for that particular course of study. To help the students conceptualize, analyze, review and apply the knowledge gleaned from these student-made books, lessons will have at least one activity which involves the construction of 3D Graphic Organizers, a sort of cut-and-create model from the back of the main book. These activities focus on a skill such as compare and contrast, observation, describing a process or explaining functions and most of the activities include writing about the subject matter. Lessons also include vocabulary, objectives, teacher instructions, assignments, and enrichment activities. The enrichment section is found at the end of each lesson and has activities to expand upon concepts taught in the lesson, provide a foundation for further study or integrate the study with other disciplines.

The activities don't stop there, though. After all, what is a science program without a lab? For the most part, the labs require regular household items and sometimes incorporate other things, like the Graphic Organizers, into the process. To ensure that the labs are effective and practical, the Investigative Loop is used to guide the student through each step of the lab: posing a question or concept, research and/or predictions, starting a procedure, making observations, recording the data, drawing conclusions and/or applications, communicating the conclusions, sparking new questions, beginning a new loop and so on. And there are still more activities: design your own experiment, have an ongoing project in the works or end the particular book with a cumulative project. Every book in the Great Science Adventures series has 24 lessons, which should each take 1-3 days to complete. The Lots of Science Library Books pages and the graphics pages are reproducible.

If you are looking for a program where students are spoon-fed information from a textbook and the teacher needs little preparation time, look elsewhere. This is the essence of a hands-on program. For those who learn best by doing, this approach is well worth considering. - Zach

Category Description for Complete Multi-Topic Science Studies:

Items in this section tend to be instructional frameworks, or unit studies with a "core" teaching resource supplemented with additional text and/or activity resources.

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11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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To supplement our study of Geology with hands-on activities.
Barbara V on Feb 25, 2021
To supplement our study of Geology with hands-on activities.
Barbara V on Feb 25, 2021
Is this old earth, new earth, or does it not get into that?
Bj on Apr 1, 2023
BEST ANSWER: It doesn’t get into that. It’s more what makes up Earth now (what are rocks, soil, volcanoes, earthquakes, how do glaciers shape earth, how are lakes formed, etc.).
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Rated 3 out of 5
Disappointed with typos/inaccuracies
I wanted to love this, but the second lesson has typos in the first activity (the Lots of Science Library book 2 has the correct info, just the teacher section where we instruct the students what to write has the wrong numbers). I thought it wasn’t a big deal because typos happen and the book was right, until I looked at the book and the pie chart numbers are correct, but they show 29% as less than a quarter of the pie chart (the teacher’s book shows the correct pie chart). The very next activity in the lesson has students gluing a world map in their organizers and drawing the equator and tropics lines, which is impossible to do accurately because the Americas are shown too high compared to the rest of the continents (the sample page 21 shows the map). If the equator is drawn correctly according to where it falls on S. America, then it hits too high on Africa. If Africa is used as a reference, it’s too low on S. America. This could be worked around if you catch it before you glue it down.

I am really hoping the rest of the lessons are accurate. Despite the mistakes, I still gave it 3 stars because the mistakes can be worked around and my kids seem to like the curriculum in general.
July 8, 2021

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