Lyrical Life Science Volume 3 set w/ CD

Lyrical Life Science Volume 3 set w/ CD

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Grades: 6-9

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Lyrical Life Science Volume 3 from Rainbow Resource on Vimeo.

Category Description for Lyrical Life Science Volume 3:

Covers the human body, with the 11 systems.

Category Description for Lyrical Life Science:

My children are always humming, singing snatches of a hymn or song, or saying, "This song keeps running through my head!" So...why not have Life Science concepts running through their heads?

These "singing science texts" come in three volumes. Volume 1 is a general life science overview covering an assortment of topics including the scientific method, characteristics of living things, vascular plants, algae, fungi and non vascular plants, invertebrates, cold-blooded vertebrates, birds, genetics, and microscopic organisms. [In 2010, the publishers updated Vol. 1 with two new songs, one about cell organelles, and one about protists. Visit their website at for the free update that includes the songs, updated text and workbook pages!] Volume 2 covers mammals, ecology, and biomes. Volume 3 is The Human Body. Lyrics are sung to old, familiar tunes, traditional, patriotic songs or songs you used to sing around the campfire (no rock or rap here).

The complete program includes the text, CD, and reproducible workbook. Each chapter in the text begins with a song. Memorization of scientific terms and concepts should be fairly painless as students sing such memorable lyrics as (to the tune of "Clementine," "Man-y crea-tures have different fea-tures, Yet all have a common trait:, With no back-bone, They are all known, To be called in-ver-te-brate." Texts are of fair size (about 90 pgs each) and follow up the lyrical learning with a some informative textual content.

The reproducible workbook has exercises to reinforce the lyrics and textual information and ensure comprehension of the material. The first exercise in each chapter set has students fill in missing keywords from the lyrics. The second quizzes on information from the chapter. This exercise varies somewhat in format. The third exercise is in short answer/essay format and concludes with some "Digging Deeper" questions which require some critical thinking. A complete answer key is provided at the back of the workbook.

While the content is roughly equivalent to a year's curriculum (especially at the lower grades), the publisher recommends supplementing this program with hands-on activities and "field trips". Learning basic biology just got a little easier...

Like chemistry, learning the ins and outs of cells can be a little bit intimidating to middle-schoolers. Let's face it - it doesn't seem like a "grabber" topic and yes, there's a lot of vocabulary you have to learn along the way. So if you're looking for a less structured (or intimidating?) way to learn about cell anatomy and physiology than the ol' textbook approach, consider the talented Ellen McHenry's Cells program. The complete course is made up of two parts: an 80-page student text and a 55-page teacher's section. The student text is also available separately for multiple students, or if you'd prefer that the student have their own book. The text is broken into nine meaty chapters: early cell discoveries and the development of the microscope; the cell membrane and cytoskeleton; ATP and mitochondria; proteins, DNA and RNA; lysosomes, ER and Golgi bodies; nucleus and ribosomes; cell metabolism and peroxisomes; mitosis and meiosis; and types of cells. The chapters range from 4-8 pages in length, and although the pages appear to be packed with text, the concepts are well-explained, easy-to-read and yes, sometimes even entertaining! Black-and-white illustrations, photos and cartoons with the author's signature "thumbprint guys" help break up the text as well. (As a side note, I can appreciate the author's background in art and design here, as I've seen several otherwise good programs that rely too heavily on a mishmash of bad clip art or bad illustrations!)

Each chapter ends with a series of activities for the student, many of which include selected YouTube videos, recommended photos and images found online and even some online games. The author has helpfully organized a YouTube channel around all of her books, and even listed the selected videos in order for you. These really give the course a more interactive feel, as you read the first chapter on early cell discoveries, then watch videos about early cell scientists, how electron microscopes work, and Brownian motion! The videos really complement the text content; I can tell that the author has done her homework as far as finding great video content! Following the page of activities, you'll find a page of questions based on the reading, including multiple-choice, true/false, and short-answer questions.

You'll find even more to enhance the program in the Teacher's Section (found in the main course book, not in the student text). There are additional supplemental activities for each chapter here, and this is where you'll find the hands-on activities like making a fluid mosaic model, baking Golgi body cookies, running a motor protein relay race, demonstrating transcription and translation using edible snacks, extracting DNA, creating a cell "mini-mural" and much more! Some of the activities will lend themselves more naturally to a co-op environment, or for use with multiple students, but you can easily omit those or adapt some of them for use with one student. Activities include a brief description of the activity, a materials list, instructions, and often a black-and-white photo of the completed project, or the activity in progress. Worksheets and activity pages are reproducible for your own use, or you can print extra copies of the pages you need from the CD. The CD (found in the complete course book only) contains a PDF version of the entire book and the "DNA Song" in several audio formats.

The design of the course is like a science unit study with very open-ended schedule options. You could probably easily spend a week on each chapter, especially if you explored all of the video content and completed the activities, some of which are fairly involved. The content and activities lend themselves well to co-op use or use with several of your children at once. Even high-schoolers will enjoy many of the activities - and find much of the content relevant as the concepts covered are at high school level, according to the author. If you've used activity-rich science programs with success at the lower grade levels, this course will not disappoint your students. A science nut myself, this just looks like fun! - Jess

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Classical Conversations Curriculum for Challenge A
Angela N on Jul 2, 2022
We are doing human anatomy second semester so we will be using this along with some other anatomy reference books. We love using songs to learn (geography, grammar, etc.) so this fits the bill plus I am intrigued by the text.
Cynthia F on Oct 10, 2021
Classical Conversations Curriculum for Challenge A
Angela N on Jul 2, 2022
I teach 6th grade Life Science! It's perfect!!
Kirsten M on Nov 7, 2021
We are doing human anatomy second semester so we will be using this along with some other anatomy reference books. We love using songs to learn (geography, grammar, etc.) so this fits the bill plus I am intrigued by the text.
Cynthia F on Oct 10, 2021
This book is required reading for the Challenge A program of Classical Conversations
Micah H on Jun 24, 2021
supplement for CC challenge A
Michelle C on Aug 11, 2020
Co-op curriculum
Kimberly B on Aug 10, 2020
To go along with our Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Curriculum
Jessica R on Aug 3, 2020
CC mentor recommended!
Jennifer B on Jul 27, 2020
Listening to the samples that are on Amazon, the songs are fun, and full of information could be memorized easily, with a variety of different ages.
Heather H on Jun 25, 2020
We had fun with another volume from Lyrical Life Science; this set will make learning about the human body more interesting and fun. It will be a great supplement.
Angela P on Aug 19, 2019
Recommended by our classical conversations guide.
Alicia L on Aug 4, 2019
We use Classical Conversations and this is recommended to accompany their curriculum.
Wendy S on Jul 8, 2019
We love this series!!! Good for all ages
Bethany R on Feb 12, 2019
Classical Conversation curriculum.<br />Thank you.
Jane H on Jan 21, 2019
I am purchasing this to use with the Classical Conversations Challenge A program (approx. 7th grade).
Sarah F on Aug 6, 2018
Classical Conversations Cycle 3 homeschool studies
Amanda F on Jan 15, 2018
Fun and memorization.
Johannah W on Jan 6, 2018
It aligns with Classical Conversations Cycle 3. We love science and I wanted something we could listen to in the car on field trip days that would help them memorize parts of the body.
Erin G on Oct 26, 2017
Classical Conversations
Richard A on Oct 20, 2017
We are going to use this in our Classical Conversations community and at home as a fun resource to engage learning about the human body.
Katie S on Sep 28, 2017
classical conversation
Andrew F on Aug 22, 2017
Classical conversations recommendation
Jill S on Aug 15, 2017
Our children are visual and auditory learners so this is a good fit.
maria g on Aug 15, 2017
recommended for CC
Olivia H on Aug 14, 2017
It looks to be a fun and straightforward way to cover the human body as part of a HS PE credit.
Lisa D on Jul 13, 2017
It is a required text for my son's Classical Conversations Challenge A class.
Patti B on Jul 5, 2017
CC cycle 3 .... love to Sing and move while we learn and grow together :)
User on Jun 25, 2017
Enjoyed vols 1 & 2 in this series, and want to take advantage of this fine tool for learning about the human body in a most charming way.
Stephanie L on Mar 15, 2017
To learn about the human body in a classical way.
Stefani H on Mar 5, 2017
suggested materials for Classical Conversations Challenge A
Karen S on Jul 1, 2016
Laura M on Mar 26, 2016
I teach 6th grade Life Science! It's perfect!!
Kirsten M on Nov 7, 2021
This book is required reading for the Challenge A program of Classical Conversations
Micah H on Jun 24, 2021
does this include the teachers manual, workbook and cd?
A shopper on Jun 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. This set contains everything you need. Manual, workbook, and cd.
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Rated 4 out of 5
This was good too. However, my only complaint is that my book fell apart on the 2nd day I received it. Except for that, I like the songs to add to my daughter anatomy study.
December 17, 2021
1 year ago
Response from Rainbow Resource Center
Sarah, please contact our customer service department regarding the books that fell apart. We can issue a refund or replacement for you. 888.841.3456 or
December 17, 2021
Sara C.
Rated 5 out of 5
Grew Up With These
I grew up listening to Lyrical Life Science, and am excited to share it with my children now. :)
February 5, 2018
over 5 years ago

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