Sassafras Science Adventures Volume One: Zoology

Sassafras Science Adventures Volume One: Zoology

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Item #: 001834
ISBN: 9781935614203
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


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My son loved the Sassafrass science anatomy in the fall and trying this one and the logbook this time!
Maria K on Feb 20, 2021
A friend recommended it.
Tara P on Aug 20, 2019
My son loved the Sassafrass science anatomy in the fall and trying this one and the logbook this time!
Maria K on Feb 20, 2021
to complete our collection
Sadie S on Aug 23, 2019
A friend recommended it.
Tara P on Aug 20, 2019
I was looking for a way to do science this year without a lot of extra things involved. This seemed to fit the bill.
Meagan B on Aug 8, 2019
We LOVE living 'history' books and so I wanted a science program that I could add on to but at the same time covered several areas of science over the course of the program. Hope this fits the bill!!!
Renae B on Jul 26, 2019
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
The sassafras science adventure looks like a fun way to do science with my 3 kids. 9yr, 7yrs and 5 yrs
Lisa H on Apr 1, 2019
My homeschooling friend recommended it
Nicole W on Aug 16, 2018
This was recommended to me as a fun science curriculum, so I will give it a try as my kids love when I read to them
Katie M on Feb 12, 2018
To have a "fun" and everyday Science. Also we are very interested in animals.
Nyra T on Jan 30, 2018
It sounded like a program that my son would enjoy and he really wanted to do the Zoology.
Rebekah J on Aug 10, 2017
My child really likes Life of Fred, and this seemed to be similar. I decided to supplement our core science curriculum with these stories.
Meredith B on Jun 20, 2017
My child is interested in science and animals. Looking for reading over the summer.
shannon a on May 8, 2017
My kids LOVE the Sassafras books.
Christi C on Aug 7, 2016
Great price and love living books!
Shauna M on Jun 23, 2016
This program looks fun and engagine and I think my children (ages 4-9) will enjoy it.
Leslie L on Jun 10, 2016
This looks like exactly what we've been looking for in covering science!
Emily C on Apr 19, 2016
Our current area of study for science is using this curriculum (again as recommended from friends) and I needed the book!
Amie C on Dec 14, 2015
to complete our collection
Sadie S on Aug 23, 2019
I was looking for a way to do science this year without a lot of extra things involved. This seemed to fit the bill.
Meagan B on Aug 8, 2019
I am wondering if this series would be a good fit for my son who will be in grade 6 and has already completed a middle school science curriculum? Bio. Chem. Physics. Geology. Astronomy.
User on Apr 6, 2017
Sassafras Science Adventures Volume One: Zoology
Sassafras Science Adventures Volume One: Zoology
Sassafras Science Adventures Vol 2: Anatomy
Sassafras Science Adventures Vol 2: Anatomy
Sassafras Guide to Botany
Sassafras Guide to Botany
Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 3: Botany
Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 3: Botany
Sassafras Guide to Earth Science
Sassafras Guide to Earth Science
BEST ANSWER: It's a fun read that your 6th grader would probably enjoy. Past that you get out what you are willing to research into yourself. So depends on the style of learning you enjoy. But the story would be fun with some learning in there. The book is cheap enough just to buy for a summer read and then you can decide if you want to do more with the guidebook, logbook, lapbook.etc.
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My preK, 1st grader, and 3rd grader LOVE this book. They love this entire science curriculum (book, activity book, logbook). They are excited to do science each day.
May 1, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Sassafras Science Zoology
I gave it a four star because my son really liked the story. I didn't give it five stars because I was expecting a lot more information. However, maybe I'm expecting too much for an elementary science program. We also just read the book and didn't do any notebook pages. Also note, this is not written from a Creation perspective. My son might enjoy these more as just page-turner stories with some educational elements tossed in.
July 21, 2017
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
12yr old boy enjoys.
We are loving this program. Works well with Trail Guide to World Geography and Cooking Around the World (both separate and different books). Whatever country's habitat we are visiting in zoology gets reflected in geography and cooking lessons.

The guide book is a must. It provides lesson plan ideas, additional reading ideas and weekly activities that could double as art or light writing. The guide also has weekly science demonstrations to perform, observe and record results. The lesson plans are broken down in either 2 or 5 day increments however, I found the program flexible enough that I do it in 3 20-30min sessions a week.

I purchased the optional lapbook as well, but found we both preferred the SCIDAT logbook. The lapbook and logbook are basically the same as far as content. It's just a matter of presentation - one being in workbook form the other in lapbook. We are a lapbooking family, but found this one boring.

As a side note, I am using this curriculum as a way to hone my son's note taking ability. I read the chapter at the whiteboard and write down the facts that he needs to record in the logbook. As his understanding of fact extraction has increased, he tells me what to write on the whiteboard and he copies it into his logbook. Works for us :)

To recap: Get the storybook, guide and SCIDAT Logbook and you will be good to go!
December 11, 2016

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