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Item #: 023360
ISBN: 9780544150140
Grades: PK-K

Category Description for Five in a Row Literature Unit Studies:

These literature-based unit study curriculum guides are so named because you spend five days in a row (a full week; one day for each subject area) using a particular children's book as the theme for multiple academic subject areas. Five in a Row (FIAR) Volumes 1-3 cover social studies and character, language arts, math, science, and art through 15-21 children's books. The literature selections, primarily picture books, contain positive moral values reflecting Biblical values. Christian content is not incorporated in Volumes 1-3, but is available separately in a Christian Character & Bible Study Supplement. Five in a Row Vol. 4 is for slightly older students (Grades 2-4) and features fewer books, some of which are stretched to two weeks of lessons. Christian content is included in the Volume 4 guide.

Before Five in a Row takes the same concept, but simplifies it for ages 2-4, with multiple activities provided for each book, but not as structured between days of the week.

Beyond Five in a Row is the next step up (for Grades 3+), and these guides are structured around chapter books. Activities at this level incorporate history, geography, science, language arts and fine arts with Christian Character and Bible content available separately.

Category Description for UNIT STUDIES:

What is a "unit study"? Briefly, it's a thematic or topical approach to teaching as opposed to the traditional by-subject approach. Rather than teach each subject separately, a unit study attempts to integrate many or all subject areas into a unified study - usually centered around a particular subject or event. Obviously History (the study of events) and Science (the study of "things") are well-suited to unit studies, and usually form the "core" around which other subjects are integrated. Subjects like Bible, Geography, Government, English (writing), and Reading/Literature, Music, Home Economics, Life Skills, and Art, are usually easy to integrate around a core topics. Remaining subjects (Math, Phonics, Grammar, Spelling) can be integrated to some extent via related activities. Each, however, has its own "system" (progression of skills, mastery of "rules") which must be followed to some degree. Since one of the additional advantages of a unit study curriculum is the ability to use it with students of varying ages and skill levels, these subjects are generally taught apart from the core curriculum. This may be as simple as assigning pages in a grammar or spelling book, or using a separate "program" for Phonics and Math. Unit studies also tend to be more activity-oriented than the traditional approach, a real boon to kinesthetic learners. Advocates of the unit study approach site studies showing that children learn best when learning is unified rather than fragmented and when learning is more participatory than passive.

Category Description for More Before Five in a Row:

More Before Five in a Row is the new addition to the series and includes 14 new books. It has been specifically written as a preschool curriculum (3-5 year olds) but also serves as an encouragement to parents of young children by providing a simple Bible lesson at the beginning of each lesson. The gentle activities focused on early literacy skills are not meant to teach in depth concepts, but to enhance your child’s awareness of the world around them and create special bonding time between you and your child. Focusing on play and discussion, one of the activities might include a rhyming exercise or an activity talking about one of the five senses. The activities are a bit more detailed than the Before Five in a Row book. StoryDisks, a Storybook Map, and the Animal Classification Game are also included.

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Mary Lyn Ray
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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We used this car as the basis for a semester of science for my sons grades 6 and 9 As part of his school work my ninth grader wrote a review This kit includes a workbook filled with 34 experiments the fuel cell car body a solar panel and the fuel cell The goal of this kit is to build a reversible fuel cell car and teach the builder about fuel cells and other sources of renewable energy The reviews we read said that it was great and the kit won a parent�s choice award but we found the experience tedious and frustrating even if educationalThe car itself kept falling apart while we were trying to do experiments When we were connecting wires to make the required circuits either the plugs would fall off or the ends of the wires would snap off In addition the wheels would slip off the axle frequently Not all of the instructions were clear When setting up a circuit during an experiment it took a while to find just what to do The equations in the book weren�t all explained either We had to re-read the directions multiple times before we could figure it out Also for experiments and equations the book provided no answer key These things caused much frustration throughout the courseThere were still things I liked about it however For the last few experiments we got to the part where we actually make the car go We tested how long the fuel cell could provide energy on a charge and how much weight it could lift when converted into a crane My favorite test was to see if the car could run with both the fuel cell and the solar panel and if it could run in the shade Little educational bits of information were scattered within and in between the experiments I learned the formulas for equations used to find things such as potential energy distance and efficiency These formulas could be adapted to uses outside the lab kit I also learned a little about the history of the fuel cell such as who was the first person to make one Another thing that I discovered was different ways to gather energy as well as different types of fuel cells The most interesting thing I learned was the actual workings of the fuel cell itself- how it splits water into gases and how those gases turn back into waterOverall I think that this kit is okay for someone who has a lot of time and patience In the end we were able to complete all of the experiments but it was frustrating and difficult
July 13, 2005

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