Earth: Its Structure & Its Changes Teacher's Guide & Student Journal

Earth: Its Structure & Its Changes Teacher's Guide & Student Journal

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Item #: 001330
ISBN: 9780890515921
Grades: 3-6

Category Description for Investigate the Possibilities:

This elementary science program uses an extremely hands-on and interesting approach for students in grades 3-6 to get a thorough understanding of the physical and chemical laws at work in God's Creation. The series incorporates creation apologetics and mini Bible lessons in with science concepts to help students understand how science works according to God's plan and His word.

The multi-step, systematic approach employed by this series has 6 steps: engage, investigate, explain, apply, expand, and assess. Each lesson uses the 6 steps to engage students from beginning to end.

Think About This is the engage step of the lesson and presents the concept to be taught. The information is presented in small amounts so that the page isn't visually overwhelming to students, and it is written in age-appropriate language without being watered down. The investigate portion includes 3 sections The Investigative Problem, Gather These Materials, and Procedure & Observations. These sections work together to tell students what to look for, what materials they will need, and instructions for the activity and what and how to observe. The Science Stuff is the explain step that tells what happened in the investigation using a scientific explanation. Making Connections is the apply step which tells how the science knowledge is related to other situations and ideas. The expand step is found in Dig Deeper which provides an opportunity for students to expand what they have learned by doing another project. There may be 3 or 4 choices for these projects. Students in 3rd and 4th grade should do at least one project per lesson for a total of 20 projects per semester. Students in 5th and 6th should complete at least 25 projects per semester. The last step is the assess step which is titled What Did You Learn. This is where students will answer questions about the content of the lesson.

Each Lesson Book in the series includes 20 lessons, one lesson or investigation per week, which means one book should take about one semester to complete. Students will learn about scientists from different periods in history, read informative narratives, and be given the opportunity for skits or dramas taken from their research. The bright, colorful texts in this series will really hold the attention of middle grade students.

The Teacher Guide for each Lesson Book begins by offering an explanation of this program and a note to the teacher. The pages include small-format student pages along with the objective for each lesson, special instructions for the investigations, follow-up discussion questions, additional activities, and answer key.

The Student Journal offers a place for students to record information from the investigations, projects, ideas, and reflections. There are graphs for special projects, questions to help students better understand science, charts to help simplify studies, and guidance for the Digging Deeper activity. Note pages are found at the back of the book for additional information a student may want to write.

Newly available supplements include Teacher Guides from Master Books, which provide a weekly lesson schedule (180 lessons), reproducible quizzes & tests (2 levels), quiz/test answer keys, and master supply list.

Forces & Motion investigates physical science and earth science. Topics include acceleration, buoyancy, gravity, density, energy, force, friction, inertia, lift, mass, potential energy, pressure, speed, and weight. Students will also learn about Archimedes, Bernoulli, Galileo, and Isaac Newton. Subtitled “From High-speed Jets to Wind-up Toys,” it holds fun activities like observing and recording wind-up toys, spinning tops, toy cars, catapults and more. Matter covers chemistry using household items. Students will learn about bubbles, water, colors, salt, and the periodic table. Energy: Its Forms, Changes & Functions simplifies the physics of all types of energy such as wind, solar, and nuclear. Earth: Its Structure & Its Change, covers earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals, rocks, weathering, caves, glaciers, and the soil. The teacher guide and student journal are combined for this title. Water & Weather covers everything water from the beginning and creation of fossils, evaporation and the water cycle, God’s system of purifying water, and weather instruments. Universe: From Comets to Constellations is the most recent in the series and is a great earth & space study. Learn about Kepler & Galileo, the universe and the planets within, earth and its atmosphere, the moon, and constellations. This series offers an alternative to some of the programs already available. The reading is presented at grade level, so students can do their own reading, and hands-on opportunities abound. It’s not only interesting for students, but it is easy for parents and teachers to implement. There is a certain ‘Gravitas’ feel to the program, but presented from a Biblical worldview and a smaller price tag. ~ Donna


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

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This is the fourth book in the Investigate the Possibilities series from MasterBooks And again the authors have done a wonderful job in presenting the world of geology with terminology geared for grades 3 to 6 To discover the geology of our planets with my kids was something that I was interested in but I didn�t know where to start Most books on the subject were geared for older students like high school or college But now I have the perfect tool to explore learn and discover more about the EarthThis book is very colorful and packed with interesting pictures graphs and fun activities to put in practice what you have just read Throughout the book you will learn about earthquakes volcanoes crystals minerals rocks caves sinkholes geysers glaciers and more Each chapter is set up as though the kid will do an investigation After all science is about experiments and discovering so it makes sense to see it has though we are investigators Before we get to the lesson in itself you will have to think about a situation observe experience and write your results When you are done with this part you get an explanation that is concise and clear for everyone (even mom!) You can also make connections with the lessons with what we already know dig deeper on the subject and test your knowledge after the chapter The text book is filled with interesting experiments and fun learningThe Teacher�s Guide and Student Journal is now bound into the same book I have mixed feelings about this I personally liked the idea of having separate books before The Teacher�s Guide contains a small image of each page of the text book with extra information that is useful for the teacher (ie the parent in case of homeschool) Also included you will have the answers to the questions asked in the What Did You Learn? section Two options could be done for this section you can ask the child to write down his/hers answers in a notebook or you can proceed in a questions and answers period Having more guidance and information in the Teacher�s Guide is always useful when the subject in hand is not something you know wellOn the other hand the Student Journal is an attractive way to take notes and explain your experiments while you do them You have a section for the procedure and observations and area dedicated to the Dig Deeper and a place to answer the questions in the What Did You Learn? You couldn�t ask for a better way to keep track of what you have done and your answers It is my understanding that you can take out the journaling pages and make copies To make this convenient these pages are perforated in advance for you I like this idea very much to be honest since I have four kids in my own house Having the ability of making copies without having to buy the same book four times is a major blessingIn the end learning about the structure of the Earth will be fun for everyone This specific book can be adapted for younger children even though it is suggested for grades 3-6 It can even be used for children in grades 7 & 8 is needed It is a versatile science book for the whole family!
February 3, 2011

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