Part of Master Books' Wonders of Creation series, this book is more historical in nature than the other titles, which focus more on science. For the first time ever in this series, they have written a book with information tailored to three age groups: 5th-6th grade, 7th-8th grade, and 9th-11th grades. Text geared for each age group is printed on a differently-colored background, with the most basic information (who, what, where, why and how) written to younger readers, and the most complex information (theories, controversies) geared for older readers. Eleven chapters discuss what archaeology is, and then look at archaeology investigations at a number of different ancient Middle Eastern sites, including Egypt, the land of the Hittites, Ur of the Chaldees, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Petra, the land of the Phoenicians, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Israel. An overview of the history of locations or cultures is provided in each chapter, along with exciting details on recent discoveries and narratives from the Bible that correlate with the history of a place or related ruler. Maps, full-color photos and notes from the author add further interest. Although the differently-colored blocks of text aren't too hard to get used to as an older reader, younger readers that have an interest in archaeology may browse other sections, and will certainly be interested in perusing the full-color photographs of sites and artifacts. A separate 36-page study guide includes vocabulary, short answer questions, and hands-on activities for each chapter. This is available as a free download at www.masterbooks.net. A wonderful supplement to any study of ancient history, and a great resource for Christian students interested in the field of archaeology. 96 pgs, hc. Jess
Materials that cover scientific developments through history, famous scientists, inventors and inventions.
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.
If you think it's hard to find high-quality science resources that are Christian-friendly, you should check out this beautiful series from Master Books. Each hardcover book covers a different topic from a Christian perspective, and contains 80 glossy pages full of full-color photos, diagrams, and drawings. Books are divided into topical chapters, which present the information in a readable, interesting way and contain plenty of interesting "asides”, and visuals to break up the text. Each title also includes a pull-out poster, glossary, index and downloadable study guide from www.masterbooks. net. With one the Parent Lesson Planners from Master Books, these can also be extended into curriculum texts (see description in Science - Other Programs/Unit Studies).