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.
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!
over 3 years ago
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.
over 5 years ago
over 6 years ago