Let's Find It - All about Maps and Globes for Young Scientists
Understanding maps and globes is vital to understanding geography on planet Earth. Beginning with the purpose of maps, this unit explores map scale, symbols, directions and using a compass, map grids, latitude and longitude, coordinates and more. Recommended prior to the Young Scientist Our Amazing Planet. Recommended materials include map of student’s state, ruler (inches and centimeters), yardstick or tape measure, simple direction compass, globe (latitude and longitude, and degrees, and major cities) colored pencils, world map (latitude and longitude lines, degrees and major cities), assorted maps (optional) and other household items. Full list found in the Teacher Resources material.
This is a book about maps and globes, how they work, and how to use them to find places on the earth, both locally and globally. The amply-illustrated text introduces students to map scales, symbols, directions and grids. It provides activities for building familiarity by making and using maps. It explains how to use features like hemisphere, latitude, longitude and coordinates to find places on a globe, and provides activities for doing so.
An accompanying learning guide directs a student through the book and its activities on a largely independent basis. It provides an interesting, useful orientation, both to the earth and to the use of the essential tools of maps and globes to find places on it.
Hands-on and self-pacing, this new science series meets the learning needs of diverse learners. Courses are well-written, engaging, and focus on mastery of information. With the flexible, independent pacing, students should expect to complete each course in 10-17 hours, with an end of unit exam to ensure mastery. Home Study Kits include several components: the softcover Student Text, the Student Learning Guide, and Teacher Resource Packet. Written from a religiously neutral perspective, so no evolution or intelligent design is discussed.
Abundantly illustrated, the textbook is written to the student and provides many hands-on activities. Students will appreciate the well placed spacing of text and graphics. The layout is truly inviting and not visually overwhelming. The Student Learning Guide supports independent learning by giving students the course purpose and basic instructions to follow. Following this brief introduction, the guide provides steps to complete in order. Steps cover chapter readings and activities. After completing each step, lines are provided for students to initial, and on occasion, the teacher/parent also verifies the step is completed, and initials. Activities vary and include drawing and labeling in a science journal, finding related items, discussing with the teacher, and related hands-on activities or experiments. See individual courses for more detail. The Teacher Resource Packet includes the overall publisher philosophy called Swimming Upstream, background information with materials list, the end of unit exam, exam answers, and a Certificate of Achievement. Components are sold in sets called Home Study Kits and are not available individually. Topical Home Study Kits are available individually or in grade level packages that align with the publisher’s recommended sequence:
- Take a Closer Look - An Introduction to Microscopes for Young Scientists
- World of Plants - How Plants Live & Grow for Young Scientists
- Let's Find it! - All About Maps and Globes for Young Scientists
- Light Bulbs, Switches and Batteries - Hands-on Electricity for Young Scientists
- Our Amazing Planet - Introduction to Geography for Young Scientists
- The Young Scientist - An Introduction to Observation and Discovery
- The Fabulous Human Body - Anatomy for Young Scientists
- Let's Make Things Go! - All About Engines for Young Scientists
- World of Electricity - Everyday Electricity for Young Scientists
- Circulation of the Blood - The Circulatory System for Young Scientists
- World of Machines - An Introduction to Simple Machines for Young Scientists
Items in this section tend to be instructional frameworks, or unit studies with a "core" teaching resource supplemented with additional text and/or activity resources.