Sassafras Guide to Zoology

Sassafras Guide to Zoology

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ISBN: 9781935614227
Grades: 1-6

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What a delightful way to learn science! Read a story, perform experiments, keep a log, learn some science. This Charlotte Mason style, hands-on, inquiry-based science program might be just what your children need to understand and enjoy science. From the same publisher as Elemental Science, this program follows the Sassafras Twins as they travel the world during their summer break learning the science content that they failed to master during their previous school year.

The underlying storyline is that the Sassafras twins felt science was boring and pointless. Despite Mom and Dad's warnings, they continued their lackluster approach towards science. Consequently, they must forego attending camp with their friends and instead spend the summer with their crazy (or is he?) Uncle Cecil. Uncle Cecil and his lab assistant, President Lincoln, developed a series of invisible zip lines and special carabineers that would take Train and Blaisy (Uncle Cecil's names for the children) on the adventures of a lifetime as they learn to love science. You will join the twins through 300 pages of adventures around the world as they learn about zoology - mammals and their habitats - in volume one, and then continue the journey through tombs in Ethiopia, a landfill in Texas, and much more as they explore human anatomy in volume two. Children in fourth through sixth grade can read the adventures on their own, or parents can read them aloud to all ages.

The Sassafras Guides to Zoology (Vol. 1) and Anatomy (Vol. 2) offer the road maps for your travels. These books contain 18 chapters that correspond to the chapters in the texts. For each chapter there is a summary, information and instruction for the Official Sassafras Scidat Logbook, encyclopedia readings, a list of additional living books on the topic, an experiment, vocabulary, copywork & dictation, additional activities, and optional schedules. The schedule offers a two and five day pacing option for the course. Encyclopedia suggestions are Kingfisher First Encyclopedia of Animals (#29186) for younger children and DK Encyclopedia of Animals (#14569). Experiments for chapters 1-3 and 16-18 are in the guide, but you will need Science Around the World by Janice VanCleave (#27250) for the experiments in chapters 4-15. For your convenience and planning purposes, there is a complete "living book" and supplies list at the front of the guide. An appendix includes reproducible pages and is limited to reproduction for family use only.

The Official Sassafras Scidat Logbooks become a record of each child's journey as he/she visits each location with the twins. The logbooks include illustrations, maps on which the child colors or marks locations, a place to record project information, and pages for notes. The Logbook is not reproducible, so you will want one for each child. There is a fair amount of writing, so some of the activities may not be appropriate for younger children.

Use the book as a fun read-aloud or add the activity guide and logbook for a complete science curriculum. Zip line your way through the African grassland, Egyptian dessert, Canada, Amazon rainforest, Australian forest, Chinese bamboo forest, the Arctic, and the Atlantic Ocean with Blaine and Tracey - then look forward to your next adventure with Uncle Cecil! ~ Donna




Primary Subject
Science
Grade Start
1
Grade End
6
ISBN
9781935614227
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Elemental Science
Weight
0.85 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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The Well Trained Mind recommended one of Elemental Science's other curriculums, but when I saw this on their website, I knew my kids would love it! It's story based with activities that go along with it. I can't wait to start this one with them!
Molly B on Jul 1, 2019
This looks like exactly what we've been looking for in covering science!
Emily C on Apr 19, 2016
The Well Trained Mind recommended one of Elemental Science's other curriculums, but when I saw this on their website, I knew my kids would love it! It's story based with activities that go along with it. I can't wait to start this one with them!
Molly B on Jul 1, 2019
To have a "fun" and everyday Science. Also we are very interested in animals. It was recommended to purchase for the extra help.
Nyra T on Jan 30, 2018
This looks like exactly what we've been looking for in covering science!
Emily C on Apr 19, 2016
To have a "fun" and everyday Science. Also we are very interested in animals. It was recommended to purchase for the extra help.
Nyra T on Jan 30, 2018
do you need this guide in order to use the student logbook?
User on May 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I recommend searching for reviews of the story-text (and believing them) before investing in this series. The story-text is weak in science, poorly written, and beyond unbelievable. If you decide to go forward with it, I highly recommend a logbook for each student, a folder for their projects, and a guidebook for yourself. We thoroughly enjoyed the activities in the guidebook, and even my preschooler enjoys doing the weekly habitat activities. My children found the logbooks to be tedious. My 10 year old dreaded the necessary writing, and I had to do most of it for my 7 year old. However, I don't think they would have retained any of the curriculum without it. In the end, I think they have benefited more from the topic-related library books and documentaries that I've found to go along each week.
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