Holt McDougal Earth Science Homeschool Package

Holt McDougal Earth Science Homeschool Package

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Item #: 029836
ISBN: 9780547588384
Grades: 9-12

Product Description:

This course, intended for high school students, has transitioned to a format which includes a hard copy student text and an "Interactive Online Edition" which includes interactive editions of both student and teacher editions, worksheets, labs, assessments and various tools and videos. Access is provided through a code which you will receive with the textbook, and access will remain active for one year. The subscription can be renewed through the purchase of the Earth Science Online Edition, see item #062518.


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

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It's Secular! It's Hard to find secular science curriculum.
Shannon A on Dec 8, 2020
NYS poses Earth Science (10th) after Bio (9th) and it is not offered with most sophomore curricula
Brandi G on Aug 6, 2020
It's Secular! It's Hard to find secular science curriculum.
Shannon A on Dec 8, 2020
Earth science is required for graduation at our high school.
Constance S on Aug 27, 2020
NYS poses Earth Science (10th) after Bio (9th) and it is not offered with most sophomore curricula
Brandi G on Aug 6, 2020
For my daughter's 9th grade earth science course
Erika B on Jul 31, 2020
I wanted to find a true secular science.
Rachael F on Aug 16, 2019
Best price found at Rainbow Resource!
Katherine M on Sep 18, 2018
Solid secular earth science program with plenty of support materials for homeschoolers. Easy to use.
Cynthia D on Aug 27, 2018
My son was interested in learning more about this topic
Lora J on Jun 22, 2018
It fits nicely with our home school HS program and fulfills our Science Requirement and it looks beautifully illustrated and not boring like most text books....therefore easy to keep the interest going easily.
Denise F on Apr 26, 2018
My daughter loves science and this seems like a dynamic, visual text. Although it is secular, I will supplement with a non-secular text. I don't mind exposing my daughter to multiple perspectives so that she can then make solid decisions based on all the facts presented.
Tiffany P on Feb 12, 2018
Combination of student edition and online teacher resources
Susan L on Dec 31, 2017
My special needs son needs things explained to him in the most definitive way possible. These books look like that will not be a problem.
Eric H on Sep 28, 2017
My child was not quite at the math level needed for Chemistry.
Elissa D on Aug 11, 2016
My son is needing one more science credit for graduation,and this looks fun.
Jill G on Jan 11, 2016
Earth science is required for graduation at our high school.
Constance S on Aug 27, 2020
For my daughter's 9th grade earth science course
Erika B on Jul 31, 2020
Does the online teachers edition have worksheets, tests, and answers?
A shopper on Aug 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it does have each of those. However, I found the online component cumbersome to navigate and the format means each of these are several pages long so you will do tons of printing to produce those worksheets & tests for your student. I was extremely disappointed in the product and would not recommend it to anyone considering purchasing it.
Do the interactive online edition come with worksheets, labs, assessments, tools and videos. Also, will a code be provided with the purchase of the online edition to access this information?
Lynette J. on Nov 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The online edition includes 30 multiple choice tests which are graded through the website. I had hoped for more activities, but the tests are adequate. Rainbow Resource sends the book to you, and when your student is ready to start, you need to contact Rainbow Resource to let them know that you're ready for the code. RR contacts Holt McDougal, which then will send to you a link to the site, as well as the code necessary to activate the account.
grades typically taught? high school level material or more middle? conflict to agree with Christian worldview?
nHontas on Sep 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is a high school text. There is another text from this publisher for middle school. The online package is only multiple choice tests, which you do not grade. This is fine for my high school child, but if I use the text during a different school year for another child, I probably will try to find a Teacher's Manual with printed tests and an answer key. The text is not a "young earth" text, but we have explained to all of our children that both young earth and old earth scientists cannot fully explain their positions with science only. Many Early Church Fathers do not interpret a literal seven days of creation.
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Rated 5 out of 5
My very active teenage son has never been that excited about science and neither have I, so I felt it was important to get a solid science curriculum that was engaging, and that he could do independently. We used Holt McDougal Earth Science last year for 9th grade, and we both loved it!

The textbook content and pictures are wonderful, and the online component has: great student and teacher resources, an online textbook (which is convenient for traveling), an audio feature (that can read the text aloud to your student), and more. My son could have read the print textbook or online textbook without the audio component, but to hear it being read aloud while he was actively reading the text helped to increase retention of information and, to some degree, simulated what it would be like to have a teacher reading the text aloud in class.

The online component has a variety of supplemental materials from which to choose, but I like to keep things simple, so we only used the section quizzes and chapter tests. It was turn key. I simply printed off the quizzes, test, and answer key for each week, and my son was good to go. Each day, he would log in to the online program, open his textbook, do his reading and quiz for the day (or take his test for the week), and that was it. The only thing I had to do was correct his quizzes and tests, which was fast and easy.

In terms of scheduling, my son did one chapter per week. Each chapter has anywhere from two to five sections, and a 10-question quiz is available for each section. I used these daily section quizzes as a worksheet to reinforce learning, so I always allowed my son to refer to his textbook as he completed them. If he got any answers wrong, he was given the opportunity to find the correct answers in the text. After he had completed all of the sections/quizzes for a given chapter, he would finish off the week by taking a chapter test (20 questions).

Four more things:

1) This curriculum offers lab options for every chapter in case you want to assign a lab credit for the course. We didn't do this, but it's great that this information is available if you wish to do so.

2) The online component is so easy to use once you're familiar with it. Everything you need is right there. For example, for the audio, just go to a section you want to read in the online textbook and, in the right-hand margin under "Help for Understanding," click the link that says, "Guided Reading," and you're there. To access quizzes and tests, simply select the appropriate chapter/section from the drop-down menu, and click on the Teacher Resources tab.

3) This is a secular text and our family is Christian. We wanted our son to be familiar with what his school peers were learning in regards to evolution, and this text did include some basic concepts in that regard. We chose to counter evolutionary concepts with a couple of creation-based DVDs, which worked great for us.

4) No curriculum is perfect. Twice during the school year, my son got a quiz or test answer wrong, and he was certain he'd chosen the right answer. He found the correct answer in the text to prove he was right, and I adjusted his grade accordingly. So, just a heads up that the answer key does have a couple of minor errors. Also, on two occasions, my son was taking a quiz/test that asked him to match words with definitions, and one of the words or definitions was missing (e.g. there were five words and four definitions). These minor inconveniences were easy to fix, and they were truly the only issues we encountered in using this awesome curriculum!
August 9, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 1 out of 5
Common Core Science Text
Holt McDougal Earth Science is a student textbook with an interactive online edition. The layout of the text is in full color and is 1036 pages in length. The scope and sequence of Earth Science is as follows:
Studying the Earth: Introduction to Earth Science, Earth as a System, Models of the Earth
Composition of the Earth: Earth Chemistry, Minerals of the Earth’s Crust, Rocks, Resources and Energy History of the Earth: The Rock Record, A View of Earth’s Past
The Dynamic Earth: Plate Tectonics, Deformation of the Crust, Earthquakes, Volcanoes
Reshaping the Crust: Weathering and Erosion, River Systems, Groundwater, Glaciers, Erosion by Wind and Waves
Atmospheric Forces: The Atmosphere, Water in the Atmosphere, Weather, Climate
Oceans: The Ocean Basins, Ocean Water, Movements of the Ocean
Space: Studying Space, Planets of the Solar System, Minor Bodies of the Solar System, The Sun, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
The textbook also includes Why It Matters, Labs Maps in Action and Standardized Test Prep for each chapter. The online interactive subscription, which comes with the purchase, includes the student/teacher texts, eActivities, student and teacher resources, worksheets, quizzes, tests, lab activities and videos. The online subscription comes in the form of an access code which is sent to you via email. The online subscription is active for one year from the purchase date, but a renewal can be purchased. Please note there are times when the online subscription from Holt Mc Dougal is down for maintenance, which can effect a student’s school day.
When all is said and done, it comes down to this: Holt McDougal Earth Science is a public school text book. The text is teacher driven, not student directed. The premise of the text is the Common Core agenda authored with a progressive bias. In the end, our high school student decided to give this text a pass in favor of Power Basics Earth and Space Science, Wiley’s Self-Teaching Geology and Astronomy Guides along with the Janice Van Cleave’s Earth Science for Every Kid, A+ Projects in Earth Science, Rocks and Minerals, Earthquakes, Solar System, Volcanoes, and Weather.
March 1, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
disappointed w/ on-line segment
After using their Biology and Chemistry texts and really enjoying all the extras that came with the on-line component, I was greatly disappointed with the Earth Science on-line reference. Biology and Chemistry both had the teacher's ed on-line (which helped tremendously with textbook questions, along with some great videos for the student to watch. The Earth Science had none of this, not sure why it was not set up the same way. The text, itself, is written well and keeps my son's attention. Great content. Just wish the on-line component was the same as their other subjects.
November 2, 2015
over 6 years ago

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