World of Plants - How Plants Live and Grow for Young Scientists
Topics include an overview of the animal, plant and mineral kingdom, growing plants, plant uses, root systems, stems, tree trunks, softwood and hardwood, leaves, parts of the flower, pollination, seeds, and unusual plants. Materials needed include access to indoor and outdoor plants, flowerpot, saucer, potting soil, bean seeds, radish seeds, live green leaf, digging tool, tree cross sections, hardwood and softwood samples, and several common household items. A complete list is included in the Teacher Resources material.
From the smallest flower to the tallest tree, plants are all around us. With so many plants in the world, there’s so much to discover about them. What makes plants so important to humans and animals? What is the purpose of a flower? How does a plant make seeds? What’s inside a tree’s trunk? World of Plants answers these questions and many, many more! It also provides fun activities such as growing bean plants and sprouting radish seeds.
The accompanying learning guide takes the student step-by-step through the book, and includes many hands-on activities.
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.