Purposeful Design Science Earth and Space Science Teacher Edition

Purposeful Design Science Earth and Space Science Teacher Edition

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ISBN: 9781583315446
Grades: 6-9

Product Description:

Topics covered in this Earth and Space course include: minerals, types of rock, structure of the earth, weathering and erosion, soil, crust movement, earthquakes, volcanoes, water systems, weather, the environment, astronomy, and space exploration.

The Earth and Space Science Teacher Manual is an important part of the curriculum, including a lot of additional information not found in the student text. The front pages offer an overview of the course and each component; how to prepare a lesson; and an explanation of the scientific method, measurements, and lab safety. You will then find instruction for each chapter and each lesson. For each chapter, a list of key ideas and vocabulary; summary; and lesson background are given. As you begin each lesson (numbered: i.e. 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3), there are objectives, lesson-specific vocabulary, materials needed for the lesson (not the lab), an introduction, discussion questions, activities, and answers to the lesson review. Small format student pages are shown for each lesson. The lesson shows when it is time for a lab, along with the supplies needed. Small format lab manual pages are included with suggested answers written in red. Try This boxes are found throughout the lessons for additional opportunities to learn. Additional resources such as blackline master PDFs, chapter tests and answer keys are found online with information on accessing those online resources included inside the Teacher Manual.


Publisher Description:

The teacher edition is a sturdy coil-bound book or e-book that includes:

  • Representative student pages
  • Organized content including: At a Glance, which highlights the focus of each lesson; Materials lists and Teacher Tips; Lesson Objectives; Background Information; Introductions, and Additional Activities.
  • Available downloadable resources include blackline masters and transparencies.

Purposeful Design (ACSI) has now published science curriculum for the junior high/middle school grade levels - Life Science, and Earth & Space Science, and Physical Science. If you like using Purposeful Design materials for your elementary grades and want to continue with the familiar and easy-to-use format, you can now continue through the junior high years. Just like the 4th through 6th grades of the curriculum, there are 3 components - teacher manual, student text, and lab manual.

The Teacher Manual is an important part of the curriculum, including a lot of additional information not found in the student text. The front pages offer an overview of the course and each component; how to prepare a lesson; and an explanation of the scientific method, measurements, and lab safety. You will then find instruction for each chapter and each lesson. For each chapter, a list of key ideas and vocabulary; summary; and lesson background are given. As you begin each lesson (numbered: i.e. 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3), there are objectives, lesson-specific vocabulary, materials needed for the lesson (not the lab), an introduction, discussion questions, activities, and answers to the lesson review. Small format student pages are shown for each lesson. The lesson shows when it is time for a lab, along with the supplies needed. Small format lab manual pages are included with suggested answers written in red. “Try This” boxes are found throughout the lessons for additional opportunities to learn. Online resources (accessed through a link featured in the introduction to the book) includes PDFs of blackline masters, transparency masters, chapter tests, and answer keys.

The Student Text is hardcover and is divided into units. Seven units cover life; viruses/bacteria/archaea/fungi/protists; plants; animals; human body; genetics and heredity; and ecology. Units are then divided into chapters and lessons. Before jumping into the chapters, there is an explanation of the scientific method, measurements, and lab safety. A glossary can be found at the back of the text for easy reference.

The Lab Manual offers activity pages for every lab with numbered lessons. These pages are non-reproducible and are perforated for easy removal. When applicable, the consumable work pages are set up following the scientific method - question, hypothesis, experiment, analysis, and conclusion. A supply list and step-by-step instructions are offered. Although there is a supply list in the teacher manual, the lab manual is the only place that the instructions for the lab are found. Many of the labs and experiments can be done with items from around your home or which are easily accessible. In some cases, you may be asked to provide hand lenses, thermometers, meter sticks, spring scales, eyedroppers, microscope slides, or a triple beam balance. If you can’t obtain some of these items, just skip that lab. Since plenty of labs are included, skipping a few for which you don’t have supplies shouldn’t affect learning the content.

If you are familiar with Purposeful Design, you know that their curriculum is written for classroom use. This course is no exception. Most activities and group suggestions can be adapted for a homeschool environment. The content is solid and would be comparable for those doing Bob Jones or Abeka materials. This is a great addition to the Purposeful Design line of products, and I can’t wait to see what the new Earth & Space curriculum looks like. ~ Donna

Category Description for Purposeful Design Science:

This series for grades 1 through 8 was developed to guide students through investigating, observing and thinking about the world around them. The title of the series comes from the idea that God's design of creation was on purpose; that theme is reflected throughout the lessons as each course brings together the wonders of God's world and a Biblical worldview.

Grade Levels 1 through 6 provide an overview of life science, physical science, earth and space, and the human body in each year. In the middle grades, each grade level course is a yearlong study, providing an in-depth study of one of three science disciplines: Life Science, Earth & Space, and Physical Science.


Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE SCIENCE PROGRAMS:

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


Primary Subject
Science
Grade Start
6
Grade End
9
ISBN
9781583315446
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Association of Christian Schools International
Weight
3.7 (lbs.)
Dimensions
12.12" x 10.88" x 1.25"
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The Godly content, pleasing layout.
Kathryn L on May 16, 2020
The Godly content, pleasing layout.
Kathryn L on May 16, 2020
Taught from the Creationist point of view. Thorough and organized units of study.
Beth Ann B on Aug 29, 2019
Taught from the Creationist point of view. Thorough and organized units of study.
Beth Ann B on Aug 29, 2019
Would this be a strong enough choice for a high school Earth Science course?
Joy on Jul 5, 2022
Purposeful Design Science Earth and Space Science Teacher Edition
Purposeful Design Science Earth and Space Science Teacher Edition
Purposeful Design Science Earth and Space Science Student Edition
Purposeful Design Science Earth and Space Science Student Edition
Purposeful Design Science Earth and Space Science Lab Manual
Purposeful Design Science Earth and Space Science Lab Manual
BEST ANSWER: The curriculum says 6-9. I taught this in a homeschool coop last year and we had several 9th graders. I think you could use this for sophomore levels with just a small amount of expansion. For example the lesson on star spectrum was a little hard to grasp so I found some online resources and we experimented with some virtual specta readings. If you dig a little deeper on some of the subjects I think this could be a high school class. Also, there are a lot of labs. We didn’t do them all but you could complete more of them. Note that some of the labs require special items. This curriculum wasn’t written for homeschoolers. But we liked it enough we are using their Physical Science this year.
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Rated 2 out of 5
Can’t access online resources
I purchased the student edition as well as the lab manual. I want to like this program; it seems well put together and easy to understand. However, I cannot access the additional teacher resources by using the access information in the manual. I have written to the company asking for their assistance in finding the materials and I have yet to hear back from them. If and when I hear back from them I will update my review. But as of right now I’m not really getting what I paid for.
September 14, 2022
Rated 4 out of 5
Comprehensive but awkward size and binding
My students are enjoying the God centered portions of this text book while getting a comprehensive education on Earth Science. Portions match up exactly with textbooks being used across the country in public school classrooms. I love the extra resources available for labs, worksheets, tests, presentation materials, and activities. It's a great resource. I gave it 4 stars because the size and binding are awkward. It's large, about 12.25" tall and 11" wide with the spiral binding. The front cover is a type of cardstock and not sturdy for a 479 page book. The back cover is more of a typical sturdy textbook cover. These few things make it awkward for handling.
November 11, 2020
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over 2 years ago

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