God's Design for Chemistry and Ecology Set

God's Design for Chemistry and Ecology Set

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Category Description for God's Design for Science (4th Ed.):

The 4th edition of this program is now available, and our stock is now all 4th edition. There have been some changes in the 4th edition which have been updated in this description

There is a tendency to water down scientific concepts for the elementary student until there isn't much of interest left! Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that way. This series, geared towards elementary-aged children, focuses on science from a biblical viewpoint, is flexible enough to be used with children of slightly different age levels and learning styles, is open-ended, and best of all, has lots of fun hands-on activities that are sure to impress the kids.

The series is organized into life, earth and space, chemistry and physics series, each with three texts and teacher guides. Each series is designed to be usable with a range of grades, with a challenge section for 7th and 8th graders. (Suggestions for use for 1st and 2nd graders has been removed from the 4th edition, as Answers in Genesis plans to release a "Beginner" series for grades 1-2 later in 2017). It is recommended that you do all 3 books from one area of science for a one-year curriculum. There are 35 lessons in each book, so if you do science 3 times per week, you should be able to finish one series in a year. You will need both the student and the teacher guides to use the course as the teaching information, answer keys and supply lists are found in the Teacher Guide. Multiple children could share one student book if needed, as student worksheets and lab sheets are reproducible.

In each Teacher Guide you'll find a helpful orientation to gear you up for teaching science. The authors are very sensitive to the needs of children of different learning styles such as auditory, visual, kinesthetic, relational, and analytical. They have made a significant effort to include a range of activities and ways of presenting material that will appeal to students with varying learning styles. In fact, they even mark activities with small icons to indicate which learning style the activity is best suited to. The authors also take pains to help you teach from a solid creationist viewpoint, and equip you to answer questions posed by evolutionists, which you will inevitably come across in supplemental science texts and books. The publisher, Answers in Genesis, has incorporated their Seven C's concept of Biblical history (creation, corruption, catastrophe, confusion, Christ, cross, and consummation) into the curriculum. Symbols are placed at key spots in the student text and teaching helps for these are found in the teacher guide.

The "meat" of the course is found in the full-color student texts. These begin with a textual portion, which you may opt to have children read on their own, or read aloud as a group. A simple follow-up activity is then included for students to play with the concept, and "see it in action." Some of these include creating your own "cell" out of a small zip-top bag, yellow gelatin, and small edible objects poked into the gelatin to represent different organelles (from God's Design for Life). Or the activity on tectonic plates, where students moisten a few sheets of newspaper, and pushing from each side, create mountains (from God's Design for Heaven and Earth). Or the one where kids compare the viscosity of five different liquids by testing them and touching them (from God's Design for Chemistry). All of the activities demonstrate the concept well, and make a solid connection to the topic. Activities range from simple, hands-on activities or demonstrations to slightly more detailed activities which include charts and "lab worksheets" to be completed during the activity. I'm very impressed with the small amount of preparation time needed, the lack of "fancy" materials needed, and the overall "fun factor" that's sure to draw the kids in. After the project has died out, the lesson is wrapped up with several "What did we learn?" review questions, suggestions for exploring the topic further, and a fun fact about the topic. Each book also includes a sprinkling of page-length "Special Features" which showcase an important person, discovery, or just an interesting facet of science. Vocabulary lists and a glossary are included for easy reference, and there are additional pictures, illustrations, and diagrams in the new editions. Hard copies of student pages can also be purchased separately as the student supplement for each set of three books (hard copy Student Supplements are available for 3rd edition only while supplies last; these additional student pages are only available as downloadable files on the Answers in Genesis website for the 4th edition).

Although the content of the course has changed little between the 3rd editions and 4th editions (both from Answers in Genesis), the 4th edition features more illustrations and other visuals, some updated content, a new layout and design, and removal of the 1st and 2nd grade activities (which will be released as a new series). Also, the tests, worksheets, and other reproducibles will only available as downloadable files, instead of a print supplement. Please note that our stock has now all transitioned to 4th edition. We have moved any remaining inventory of the 3rd edition to new item numbers with "3rd edition" clearly noted in the


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
3
Grade End
8
Format
Product Bundle
Brand Name
Answers in Genesis
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They are detailed and beautiful publications. Although from a religious publisher, they are not preachy throughout the books.
Sheena R on Apr 24, 2020
My son and I really enjoyed God's Design for Heaven and Earth this last year and are looking forward to what God's Design for Chemistry and Ecology has for us to learn! It's so wonderful learning about science in a way that strengthens our faith as well.
Erin G on Jul 27, 2018
They are detailed and beautiful publications. Although from a religious publisher, they are not preachy throughout the books.
Sheena R on Apr 24, 2020
simple to use and has great information!
Rachel K on Mar 17, 2020
My son and I really enjoyed God's Design for Heaven and Earth this last year and are looking forward to what God's Design for Chemistry and Ecology has for us to learn! It's so wonderful learning about science in a way that strengthens our faith as well.
Erin G on Jul 27, 2018
My school uses them and I teach them :)
R Natalia P on Oct 26, 2017
To use for 4th grade Science for my son.
John H on Sep 3, 2017
Have completed the 3 other "Gods Design" sets and the kids have loved them all!
Misty G on Aug 28, 2017
Homeschool Curriculum
Michele T on Aug 28, 2017
My high school student is a struggling learner with an IEP. Therefore, I chose this in order to give him the experience and knowledge of chemistry in a curriculum that hopefully will not be overwhelming to him.
Lisa J on Aug 8, 2017
simple to use and has great information!
Rachel K on Mar 17, 2020
My school uses them and I teach them :)
R Natalia P on Oct 26, 2017
I just recently bought this curriculum. I'm wondering how do I access the student worksheets to download and print off?
Jamie on Aug 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Go to the authors website.
In their product list you will see they offer the worksheets as a purchase.
However the purchase is without cost.
They will e-mail you the download for the worksheets for that series.
The 4th edition does not come with a CD to print worksheets as the before. Will the 3rd edition worksheet pack work for the 4th addition?
A shopper on Apr 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Changes were more format-based than content-based. Worksheets are now available as a download from the publisher. Our best guess is that you could use the old worksheets with the new but you should be prepared to make some minor tweaks.
Here is the info from the publisher about the changes: The main differences are: 1. More illustrations, more photos, more diagrams. 2.Updated content (with the latest scientific findings and information). 3. New design (more user-friendly layout, more color, new fonts…). 4. Each book has gone through a thorough scientific review. 5. All 12 units in the new edition cover grades 3–8. 6. The new edition will include cloud-based access to tests, worksheets, experiments, illustrations, videos, etc. (no CD-ROM). By popular request, the “Beginner” section that was in the 3rd edition has been removed to create a whole new set of age-specific books for grade 1-2 students. These will cover all 12 unit topics, rather than just six. We are planning to release these grade 1-2 materials this coming fall (2016).
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