Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension

Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension

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With their typical lack of exciting narratives, science and math can be lost to children who may, at the same time, drink up literature and history. After all, science is often presented as a progression of science concepts to learn - and don't forget the list of vocabulary words! If this describes your situation and you're tired of dragging them through the three branches of science, why don't you spend a year studying the history of science? Your guide, Joy Hakim, who has already sparked the interest of countless young readers in history with her History of US series is ready to take you on a tour of scientific discovery from the earliest civilizations to the high-tech science of today. Now, if you're still thinking about History of US, push that thought away and instead imagine a set of hardcover books so gorgeous you could leave them on your coffee table. And beneath those glossy jacket covers you'll find a story so engrossing that you'll want to keep reading! We begin in the first chapter of Aristotle Leads the Way with the Sumerians and other Mesopotamian civilizations. Although the chapter is titled “Birthing a Universe,” this is really the story of human scientific discovery, so while various civilizations’ creation myths are examined (Genesis is not included in this group) and a basically secular viewpoint is assumed, evolutionary theory is not prominent here. The author writes as if she is having a conversation with the reader, warmly sharing the advances of civilizations and the discoveries of scientific thinkers while she weaves in historical writings and scientific facts. Little-known scientific pioneers are memorably introduced and other historical events of the time are referenced for deeper context. She has a way of making the people you read about seem real, as if they were neighbors from down the street. The other striking things you’ll notice are the eye-catching page layout and the loads of full-color photos, period artwork and diagrams. The first book, Aristotle Leads the Way covers Ancient Sumerian civilization to the Age of Exploration in the 1500s. Newton at the Center backs up just a bit, starting in 1453 and stops just short of the 20th century, when scientists are slowly exploring atoms. In Einstein Adds a New Dimension, we learn both about the discoveries made in the last century and the exciting research that is in progress today.

While you could start with these books and build your own curriculum by adding related activities and experiments from topically-organized workbook and experiment resources, there are student and teacher “Quest Guides” available for the first two books in the series. They are easy to follow, can be used in a homeschool or co-op setting, and round out the textbooks by providing thought-provoking questions, hands-on experiments, timeline activities, cross-curricular activity suggestions and more. Most of the “meat” is found in the teacher’s guides, so if you are using these as a science course, you will probably want these. The guides are broken down by unit and lesson, usually with one chapter covered per lesson. Units are made up of eight lessons and one assessment lesson, for a total of 45 or 63 lessons in the first two volumes, respectively. Lessons in the teacher’s guide typically include an overall theme, goals, reading instructions for the students, directions for including people and events on a timeline, discussion questions for the chapter, guided reading instructions, directions for completing the pages in the student Quest Guide, demonstrations and instructions for related experiments, cross-curricular activity suggestions, journal assignments for students to record what they have learned and more. Units begin with a list of materials needed for each lesson, a unit summary, a list of science experiments used in the unit, a list of assessment activities in the unit, and national standards met by that unit’s activities. Fairly lengthy unit assessments are included at the end of each unit, and a whole-book assessment can be found at the end of the teacher’s guide. Although written for a classroom situation, the publishers did employ a homeschool consultant to help with homeschool usage, and I think that shows in the flexibility of the guide. While there is a little “fluff” you wouldn’t need for a homeschool situation and references to overhead projectors and group activities, most of these things can be easily adapted for use with one or several students. That being said, this would be a terrific program for a co-op situation! The student guides contain the worksheets that are introduced and explained in more detail in the teacher’s guides. There is a nice variety of writing activities, scientist information sheets to complete, and experiment worksheets included which tie the reading and the scientific concepts together very nicely. Although you could use the student guide alone, simply for the activities, you would be missing out on the worksheet answers, timeline activities, unit planning helps, discussion questions, activity suggestions and assessments

When all three units are completed, this would make a great year-long curriculum for the home or co-op situation (you could stretch it into two if you want to move at a slower pace, or incorporate hitsory lessons as well). Unfortunately, the curriculum for Einstein... is still in development, but we will add it when it becomes available. You may want to note that although the series is intended for middle school, some rather challenging material is incorporated - it’s not a light-weight course! However, if you’re looking for a break from “traditional” science,” this curriculum provides an excellent overview of science through history, while covering many scientific concepts in a memorable way! – Jess

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Materials that cover scientific developments through history, famous scientists, inventors and inventions.

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We have read through the first two books of the series and were impressed with the scope covered. The scientists are presented as real people, and many scientific concepts are presented and explained. I can't recommend it enough.
Jennifer on Sep 14, 2021
Barbara C on Dec 12, 2020
We have read through the first two books of the series and were impressed with the scope covered. The scientists are presented as real people, and many scientific concepts are presented and explained. I can't recommend it enough.
Jennifer on Sep 14, 2021
Chrissy G on Aug 4, 2021
Barbara C on Dec 12, 2020
Challenge B
Cherie W on Jul 21, 2020
spine for curriculum i am using
Teresa B on Jun 10, 2020
We are using the complete Story of Science series as a spine for high school World History
User on Aug 2, 2018
Need for daughter's physics class.
Elizabeth L on Mar 26, 2018
I have the prior two books in the series, and this completes my set.
Gloria O on Jun 5, 2016
Chrissy G on Aug 4, 2021
Challenge B
Cherie W on Jul 21, 2020
Is each Hakim book a year-long program or can all 3 be completed in one year?
Melissa on May 2, 2020
Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way
Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way
Story of Science: Newton at the Center
Story of Science: Newton at the Center
BEST ANSWER: Each Hakim book would make a good supplement to another program since they have very short chapters that skim history quickly with an emphasis on the development of science. They are simply the history of science told in a narrative voice, but there are no experiments, notes, or other pieces that would make it a program itself. All three books could easily be read in one year. You could make them part of a complete program if you used them as a jumping-off point for deeper study into topics that are only touched on but interest your student. Chapters are short (4-5 pages) with so many pictures, quotes, and other sidebars that it is not heavy in text.
Is there no teacher and student guide for this book yet? Will there be?
A shopper on Feb 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: As of yet, no there are no teacher and student guides for the Einstein book. We understand they are in development and hope they will be available soon.
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The power of a story
We LOVE to learn through stories. Somehow hearing about a person's life imprints the concepts in history and science into our brains like nothing else. Joy Hakim is an incredible writer. I would say if you're purchasing this for junior high or younger, it would be better for kids who already enjoy science. My kids with less of a science bent are too young to stay engaged with these books. This Einstein book is the most fun for my science loving elementary student. He is also very future oriented, so this history is more relatable and enjoyable to him.
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