World of Electricity - Everyday Electricity for Young Scientists
Beginning with an introduction to atoms and how they work, students learn about electricity, electrical currents and wires, batteries, magnets and power stations, how electricity gets into our homes, home circuits, as well as outlets and plugs. It also includes an overview of everyday electricity applications including hydroelectric power, as well as wind and solar power. Additional required materials include alligator clip leads (6), 6-volt lantern batteries (2), 6-volt miniature light bulbs (2), bulb holders, 12-volt motors, single blade knife switch, electrical wire, circuit breaker, uninsulated and insulated 18 g. copper wire, LED bulb, galvanized nails (5), galvanometer, magnet, three-inch-long bolt, 120-volt transformer, simple voltmeter, small motor, hand0crank generator, and other household items. A complete list is in the Teacher Resources material.
Beginning with atoms and electrons, and positive and negative charges, this amply-illustrated book explains, simply and clearly, what electricity is and how it is generated and distributed through the power grid to businesses and homes. It covers circuits, circuits boxes, short circuits, switches and plugs as used in homes, and touches on alternate sources of electricity such as hydroelectric, wind and solar. A number of interesting experiments and projects are included in the book.
The book's associated learning guide walks the student through the book, its experiments and several additional activities, including work in a science journal where the student is encouraged to keep track of their own thoughts and observations. By the end a student will know what electricity is, where it comes from and how to work with 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:
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- 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.
- Deanne Staff on Feb 11, 2016