Botany Adventure (2nd Edition)

Botany Adventure (2nd Edition)

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ISBN: 9781427620736
Grades: 6-12

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Kym Wright has provided the tools, the rest is up to us! I would have to say that this "unit study" qualifies as a full-blown, one-semester course in Botany or beginning Plant Biology, rather than what we've come to see as a unit study. This is serious learning, complete with microscopic exploration, research and plenty of reading, replete with labs and experimentation - all well thought out, well laid out, and organized so we can jump right in. This lady did her homework, and it shows! The course smacks of professionalism from the print quality to the lesson quality.

Like her Microscope Unit (which would be excellent to use before this course, though not required), Kym has provided us with an excellent course framework that only requires us to gather books and materials. Lesson plans are complete, including references to basal books used in the study, pages of coursework to complete, labs to perform, vocabulary words to study, lab sheets to copy, even estimated range of days needed to complete the work. Flexibility is built in as you list other resources depending on what books you are able to find to supplement your study. Kym goes even further in providing us blank sheets to create our own lesson plans, if desired, but I can't imagine improving on hers. Possibly you would need to do this if you were working with high school age children and wanted to plan a more rigorous study using more rigorous basal texts.

Questions and activities require the use of additional resources also. Kym has provided a good list of possible books to use under each topic heading, but assures us that any good books accessible to us are fine to use. This allows us to select books appropriate to the grade levels of the student(s) we are including in the study. And this is a study that would be easy to use with various grade-level children together. Younger children, of course, will need more help, especially with any lab and microscope work. An older child could use this unit independently. I personally think it could replace or be substituted for a large segment of life science or even the plant biology portion of a high school biology course. The labs are certainly more interesting and easier to implement than those found in these texts, and the emphasis on hands-on learning pervading this Unit Study is much more appealing and conducive to actual learning than the typical dry study provided by a standard text.

The lesson plans guide you through the course and utilization of course components. The very first lesson plans include time and directions for gathering course materials, including lab equipment and other resources. You will have to purchase some lab supplies to get the full benefit from the course. A list of suppliers is provided along with a complete materials list for coursework and lab work (broken down by lab). Vocabulary words for the vocabulary work are also included in an appendix, as are the flashcards that students will use to master botany concepts such as leaf shape, leaf margin, parts of plants, etc. All lab sheets are provided, also - and these are truly works of art. They are crisp, clean, and beg to be filled out!

As I mentioned before, the focus is hands-on learning, though the reading and research end of a good study is not slighted. One research paper is required, though many other short answer, essay-type questions, and drawings provide ample documentation of learning. All work, including completed labs sheets and botanical specimens, is compiled by the student and kept in a notebook. This provides an excellent "finished product" for the student as well as a sense of accomplishment as they complete the study. Rev. 2002; 196 pgs., pb.




Primary Subject
Science
Grade Start
6
Grade End
12
ISBN
9781427620736
Author
Kym Wright
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Alwright Publications
Weight
1.35 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.75" x 8.5" x 0.75"
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I was looking for supplemental information for my class and this sounded interesting.
Cindy H on Sep 3, 2019
Good for High School
Sonya A on Jun 23, 2019
I was looking for supplemental information for my class and this sounded interesting.
Cindy H on Sep 3, 2019
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David C on Aug 14, 2019
Good for High School
Sonya A on Jun 23, 2019
Love the idea of so many hands on activities!!!!
James B W on Apr 17, 2019
Daughter's choice. Looks really good with lots of hands on.
Petra C on Aug 29, 2018
It's a Cathy Duffy recommendation for high school science with a lab. I'm excited to tackle this subject.
Amanda M on Jun 6, 2018
This book came highly recommended. We can't wait to check it out!!
Cristina G on May 16, 2018
For a co-op class
Christina E on Aug 16, 2017
High School Science Course
Jenny F on Aug 2, 2017
Good recommendation from Cathy Duffy website.
Misty S on Jun 24, 2017
I decided to purchase this book based on the review of Cathy Duffy and I shop with you after hearing about your company through The Well Trained Mind.<br /><br />Thank you
carolyn m on Mar 30, 2017
For an 11th grader who needs hands on science, to replace Chemistry.
Leah S on Feb 1, 2017
Needed a good comprehensive Botany course for homeschooling. This looks very extensive, but still interesting.
Joseph S on Jan 3, 2017
We were looking for a unit study on Botany and this seems to be the most complete study that we could find.
Bryan G on Aug 30, 2016
It was rated high on Cathy Duffy's review of it.
Nancy M on Aug 29, 2016
Daughter wanted to study Botany for 9th grade and this came recommend.
Susanne M on Jun 15, 2016
Possibly teaching botany next year, and it has great reviews. Thought it would be good to check it out.
Tara T on Jun 1, 2016
Cathy Duffy Review needed a book for Homeschooled 10th grader!
Stephanie E on Dec 11, 2015
teacher
David C on Aug 14, 2019
Love the idea of so many hands on activities!!!!
James B W on Apr 17, 2019
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I imagine this is lovely for unit study veterans but it is so not not not a good introduction to the world of unit studies I'm so confused Had I not done a much simpler unit study before now this would have put me off them forever The lesson plans have you flipping all over the book with recommended reading in one place lab sheets in another lesson elements in yet another Even the reproducible items are scattered in the book rather than in one place for easy tear-out The "flashcards" are beautifully drawn but they're not reproducible Worse they're done in such a way that you can't even cut them out of the book and paste them to index cards without losing half your information To answer the Rainbow Resource questionsQ Did your children learn what you thought they would?A I haven't even gotten that far yet and I'm not sure I will Q Did you find it easy to use?A See aboveQ Was the teacher's manual helpful and/or necessary?A It's not possible to do this study without it (Of course I find it difficult to do this study with it too)Q How much teacher preparation is necessary?A Enough that I wish I'd just put together my own lesson plans Q How successful were you in using it for multiple ages?A Haven't tried yetQ How does it work for various learning styles?A I don't know intuitively it leans heavily toward visual learners Q Is there any additional information that would have been helpful prior to purchasing?A It would have been nice to know the author had ABeka in mind when she wrote it It's not a necessary element but I gather it would make the study far easier to use We don't use ABeka so I probably would have skipped it and gone for another product had I known The suggested reading list would have been nice to have tooQ How does it compare with a similar product?A It reminds me of Kronos which I liked the concept of but didn't use either I guess I'm just not a unit study personQ Is the product a good valueA Not for my family
August 20, 2014

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