Properties of Ecosystems Student Book (God's Design for Chemistry & Ecology) 4th Ed.

Properties of Ecosystems Student Book (God's Design for Chemistry & Ecology) 4th Ed.

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Item #: 017843
ISBN: 9781626914759
Grades: 3-8

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Take your children on a journey to discover grasslands and forests, aquatic and extreme ecosystems, animal behaviors, and even valuable lessons on conservation. At the end, sum up everything studied with exciting hands-on final projects fitting for all ages! 35 lessons. Full-color.

Use this student textbook with the associated teacher guide for teacher instructions, answer keys, and resources.

Category Description for God's Design for Chemistry & Ecology:

The 4th edition of this program is now available, and our stock is now all 4th edition. There have been some changes in the 4th edition which have been updated in this description

There is a tendency to water down scientific concepts for the elementary student until there isn't much of interest left! Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that way. This series, geared towards elementary-aged children, focuses on science from a biblical viewpoint, is flexible enough to be used with children of slightly different age levels and learning styles, is open-ended, and best of all, has lots of fun hands-on activities that are sure to impress the kids.

The series is organized into life, earth and space, chemistry and physics series, each with three texts and teacher guides. Each series is designed to be usable with a range of grades, with a challenge section for 7th and 8th graders. (Suggestions for use for 1st and 2nd graders has been removed from the 4th edition, as Answers in Genesis plans to release a "Beginner" series for grades 1-2 later in 2017). It is recommended that you do all 3 books from one area of science for a one-year curriculum. There are 35 lessons in each book, so if you do science 3 times per week, you should be able to finish one series in a year. You will need both the student and the teacher guides to use the course as the teaching information, answer keys and supply lists are found in the Teacher Guide. Multiple children could share one student book if needed, as student worksheets and lab sheets are reproducible.

In each Teacher Guide you'll find a helpful orientation to gear you up for teaching science. The authors are very sensitive to the needs of children of different learning styles such as auditory, visual, kinesthetic, relational, and analytical. They have made a significant effort to include a range of activities and ways of presenting material that will appeal to students with varying learning styles. In fact, they even mark activities with small icons to indicate which learning style the activity is best suited to. The authors also take pains to help you teach from a solid creationist viewpoint, and equip you to answer questions posed by evolutionists, which you will inevitably come across in supplemental science texts and books. The publisher, Answers in Genesis, has incorporated their Seven C's concept of Biblical history (creation, corruption, catastrophe, confusion, Christ, cross, and consummation) into the curriculum. Symbols are placed at key spots in the student text and teaching helps for these are found in the teacher guide.

The "meat" of the course is found in the full-color student texts. These begin with a textual portion, which you may opt to have children read on their own, or read aloud as a group. A simple follow-up activity is then included for students to play with the concept, and "see it in action." Some of these include creating your own "cell" out of a small zip-top bag, yellow gelatin, and small edible objects poked into the gelatin to represent different organelles (from God's Design for Life). Or the activity on tectonic plates, where students moisten a few sheets of newspaper, and pushing from each side, create mountains (from God's Design for Heaven and Earth). Or the one where kids compare the viscosity of five different liquids by testing them and touching them (from God's Design for Chemistry). All of the activities demonstrate the concept well, and make a solid connection to the topic. Activities range from simple, hands-on activities or demonstrations to slightly more detailed activities which include charts and "lab worksheets" to be completed during the activity. I'm very impressed with the small amount of preparation time needed, the lack of "fancy" materials needed, and the overall "fun factor" that's sure to draw the kids in. After the project has died out, the lesson is wrapped up with several "What did we learn?" review questions, suggestions for exploring the topic further, and a fun fact about the topic. Each book also includes a sprinkling of page-length "Special Features" which showcase an important person, discovery, or just an interesting facet of science. Vocabulary lists and a glossary are included for easy reference, and there are additional pictures, illustrations, and diagrams in the new editions. Hard copies of student pages can also be purchased separately as the student supplement for each set of three books (hard copy Student Supplements are available for 3rd edition only while supplies last; these additional student pages are only available as downloadable files on the Answers in Genesis website for the 4th edition).

Although the content of the course has changed little between the 3rd editions and 4th editions (both from Answers in Genesis), the 4th edition features more illustrations and other visuals, some updated content, a new layout and design, and removal of the 1st and 2nd grade activities (which will be released as a new series). Also, the tests, worksheets, and other reproducibles will only available as downloadable files, instead of a print supplement. Please note that our stock has now all transitioned to 4th edition. We have moved any remaining inventory of the 3rd edition to new item numbers with "3rd edition" clearly noted in the title. - Donna/Jess



Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE SCIENCE PROGRAMS:

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


Primary Subject
Science
Grade Start
3
Grade End
8
ISBN
9781626914759
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Answers in Genesis
Weight
1.0 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.38"
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I purchased this because it is part of My Father's World Exploring Countries and Cultures.
Giedrius S on Jan 9, 2021
We love this curriculum. I have learned so much from each book we have studied. Concepts are laid out well, lessons are short and engaging, and the format is beautiful. So many faith-building conversations have come from our science lessons.
Margaret H on Jan 22, 2020
I purchased this because it is part of My Father's World Exploring Countries and Cultures.
Giedrius S on Jan 9, 2021
Very thorough. I am a science teacher and want to give my children an excellent science education with a Biblical foundation. This has been the best I've found. It can be a lot for grades 3-4 but I think it is perfect for many middle school students.
Toni G on Sep 5, 2020
We love this curriculum. I have learned so much from each book we have studied. Concepts are laid out well, lessons are short and engaging, and the format is beautiful. So many faith-building conversations have come from our science lessons.
Margaret H on Jan 22, 2020
We are using this text for our homeschool co-op science in the spring.
Amanda B on Dec 31, 2019
The homeschool co-op we're participating is using this textbook.
Daixin Y on Aug 19, 2019
Required for co-op class.
Charlette V on Jul 17, 2019
goes along with CC, Cycle 2
Kelly K on Jul 10, 2019
I wanted an open-and-go, family style, Biblically centered science curriculum and my kids wanted to learn about animal habitats and ecosystems. I'm excited to try this for the 2019/2020 school year!
Lindsay H on Jun 17, 2019
I'm missing this book to go with Exploring Countries and Cultures (MFW). Probably a newer version so not too upset about having to replace it :)
Linda R on Mar 11, 2019
planning/creating scope and sequence for 2019-2020 home school co-op
Kim S on Dec 11, 2018
it was recommended
Elisa P on Aug 31, 2018
The other books from this series, that we have read, were well done,engaging, easy for us to do and adapt for our age range (8-14) and also FINISH. The kids choose the topic.
Dawn L on Aug 19, 2017
My daughter is taking science course for her homeschool co-op.
Jennifer J on Jul 20, 2017
homeschooling
Conor S on Aug 16, 2016
school requirement
Carrie S on Aug 10, 2016
Required for My Father's World Countries and Cultures
Rebekah M on Aug 5, 2016
looking for something that will go along with classical conversations year 2 science
Rachel A on Jul 27, 2016
My Father's World
Donna K on Jul 11, 2016
Very thorough. I am a science teacher and want to give my children an excellent science education with a Biblical foundation. This has been the best I've found. It can be a lot for grades 3-4 but I think it is perfect for many middle school students.
Toni G on Sep 5, 2020
We are using this text for our homeschool co-op science in the spring.
Amanda B on Dec 31, 2019
How many of these books did you use in one year (e.g., of the series: Atoms & Molecules, Ecosystems, and Matter) and which order did you go in? Thank you!
A shopper on Aug 12, 2019
Properties of Ecosystems Student Book (God's Design for Chemistry & Ecology) 4th Ed.
Properties of Ecosystems Student Book (God's Design for Chemistry & Ecology) 4th Ed.
Properties of Atoms and Molecules Student Book (God's Design for Chemistry & Ecology) 4th Ed.
Properties of Atoms and Molecules Student Book (God's Design for Chemistry & Ecology) 4th Ed.
Properties of Matter Student Book (God's Design for Chemistry & Ecology) 4th Ed.
Properties of Matter Student Book (God's Design for Chemistry & Ecology) 4th Ed.
Properties of Atoms and Molecules Teacher Supplement 4th Ed.
Properties of Atoms and Molecules Teacher Supplement 4th Ed.
Properties of Ecosystems Teacher Supplement 4th Ed.
Properties of Ecosystems Teacher Supplement 4th Ed.
Properties of Matter Teacher Supplement 4th Ed.
Properties of Matter Teacher Supplement 4th Ed.
BEST ANSWER: You would typically use all three of these books in one year (or you could mix and match three books from the other series). There is no particular order for the books. You can follow any order you prefer.
I would like to know if the Chemistry and Ecology curriculum is meaty enough for a 7th grade science?
A shopper on May 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The short answer is yes, but this will only take 1/4 of your year. I used this in conjunction with Classical Conversations 6 weeks on ecology for my 1st & 6th grader. We nearly finished in that time frame. You would need to do the "taking it further" boxes. My public school 7th grader also did a similar, but not creation based, book at school for about 8 weeks, also.
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I used this book with my older two boys. We loved it. The pictures are beautiful. The information is presented well and is very interesting. I will be using it again next year with my two youngest. Looking forward to going through this book again.
February 15, 2016


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