Exploring Creation with General Science 3rd Edition Deluxe Set

Exploring Creation with General Science 3rd Edition Deluxe Set


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Item #: GEN3DS
Grades: 7-8

NOTE: Students will require both the Textbook and the Student Notebook to complete this course.

Revised in 2019, this course has a fresh new look and feel. With a goal to create an easier transition from the Apologia Young Explorer’s series for elementary students to the upper level Apologia courses, this course focuses on teaching students to learn independently. The content has also been modified, with fewer modules (14) and a 4 day per week schedule. Topically, the new edition covers the history of science, the scientific inquiry and method, documenting and interpreting experimental results, scientific analysis and history, and science and creation. The three branches of Science: Physical, Earth and Life are covered thoughtfully except for anatomy and physiology which has been removed to prevent overlap of content from the Young Explorer’s Anatomy and Physiology course. Within these branches, students will study astronomy, geology, paleontology, meteorology, oceanography, marine science, life science, environmental science and a basic overview of chemistry, physics and biology. A biblical worldview is evident through scripture references (NIV/NLT), creation connections, and through the experiences of various scientists from history and the present, who believe science is the best avenue to learn more about the God who created it.

There are 3 core components: The softcover Textbook, the spiral bound Student Notebook and the paperback Solutions and Tests. The Textbook is divided into 14 modules and contains all the student readings, On Your Own Questions (and answers) and the hands-on experiments/activities. Written conversationally, the author strives to engage students through text, graphics and activities. The course contains a total of 76 hands on experiments or activities. While students should complete all the activities, only one formal lab report is required per module. It is expected to take one hour per day to complete each science lesson. Additional student resources are available through the link and password provided in the textbook. The appendix includes a list of lab supplies for each module. Each module will take 2- 2 ½ weeks to complete. Lab supplies are easily found items, although we offer a Lab Kit from Nature’s Workshop Plus for your convenience.

The Student Notebook contains the suggested daily schedule, grading rubrics, space to record answers to the on your own questions and the study guide questions, write the definitions to vocabulary words, document lab experiments, note-taking prompts and graphic organizers, and occasional fill in the blank summaries. At the end of each module is a Creation Connection response page for writing out personal thoughts or questions related to the module.

The Student Notebook is considered a required component. However, with the exception of the daily schedule, occasional summaries and the note taking prompts, instructions for the notebooking exercises are provided in the textbook. Advanced students may choose to create their own science notebook following the instructions in the text.

The Solutions booklet with Test Pages contains the module exams, and the solutions to the study guide questions and exams. Tests are not reproducible. Also available is a packet of Tests Pages for additional students.

The Exploring Creation with General Science 3rd edition Set includes the Textbook, Student Notebook, and Solutions Booklet with Test Pages.

The Exploring Creation with General Science MP3 Audio CD contains an audio reading of the textbook and on your own questions. It does not include an audio reading for the study guides, tests, and answers. Please note, this is an MP3 audio. To play this CD, you will need a MP3-compatible CD player or on a computer. It will not play in a standard audio cd player.

The Exploring Creation with General Science Video Instruction Thumb Drive provides additional instructions for each of module in the textbook modules through lectures, visual animations, on-location video clips. Sherri Seligson engages students through her lively teaching and 3-D animations. Additionally, videos of all the experiments are included for reference and include detailed explanations. It is recommended students complete the lab activities at home. The Thumb Drive is a supplemental teaching support and the Textbook, Student Notebook and Solutions and Test Book are required.

The Exploring Creation with General Science Deluxe Set includes the Textbook, Student Notebook, Solutions Book with Test Pages, the MP3 Audio CD and the Video Instruction Thumb Drive.

Category Description for Exploring Creation with General Science:

The General Science course, designed for 7th grade, transitioned to the 3rd edition in 2019. The 2nd edition is now out of print and we are out of stock on most of the course components.

Category Description for Apologia Junior / Senior High Science:

Written specifically for use in a homeschool environment, these biblically-centered courses take a lot of pressure off the parent teaching the course. The main component of each course is the textbook. Please note that most textbooks have switched from hardcover to softcover format. The student text includes all the student reading, instructions for labs, "On Your Own" exercises, and fifteen to twenty "Study Guide" questions at the end of each chapter. Unlike many upper-level science texts, we have found these to be extremely readable! The text has a conversational tone, and concepts are explained in an easy-to-understand way. Plenty of helpful diagrams and pictures are included which add interest and break up the text. Answers to the "On Your Own" exercises are also included with discussion at the end of each chapter. The labs are designed to be done easily, and most require only household items to complete; unlike high school courses, like Bob Jones which require investing in some lab equipment and chemicals to complete the labs. Where a microscope or dissecting materials are required, a reasonably-priced complete kit of materials is available, for ease in collecting the items.

The Solution Manual contains test questions for each chapter, answers to the test questions and solutions to the "Study Guide" questions. For some courses, a separate Perforated Tests booklet is available; please note that this is only necessary if you want an extra copy of the test questions.

TheStudent Notebooks are a user-friendly companion that provides space for answering the On Your Own and Study Guide questions as well as for developing Lab Reports. Study helps include graphic organizers and a Module Summary for each module (fill-in-the-blank). Digging Deeper sections provide opportunity for practical applications and writing activities. For the teacher there are grading rubrics for lab reports and suggested answers for some of the graphic organizers. The History of Science module includes a nicely done timeline. Grading rubrics for the lab reports are provided in the Appendix.

MP3 Audio CDs are also available for most courses. The audio files are in MP3 format, and will require an MP3-compatible CD player to use (these can also be run on most computers). Tests, study guides, and answers are not included - this is simply an audio version of the text.

Apologia also offers Video Instruction for Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology and Advanced Biology. These have transitioned to USB flash drive format. Sherri Seligson, author and scientist, is your host and takes you to interesting locations, incorporating animated diagrams (over 20 hours of instruction) to help students better understand the concepts being taught. The content is more of a summary of the textual information found in each section of the modules than a narration of the text. Students will either see Sherri Seligson on location or in a lab during the speaking portions or they will see animated illustrations and examples. Sherri takes students through each lab and talks about what needs to be done and the results of the experiments.

System requirements for USB drives: USB port (PC or Mac), media player capable of playing mp4 files, and an internet browser. DVD requirements: DVD drive on your computer (PC or MAC) capable of playing mp4 files; these are not compatible with a DVD player.

We now offer SuperSets and Advantage Sets which include multiple items. Advantage Sets include the text, solutions manual (with a copy of the test), notebooking journal, and the MP3 Audiobook CD. SuperSets include everything in the Advantage Set (text, solutions manual with tests, otebooking journal and MP3 CD) plus the Video Instruction USB Flash Drive.

Category Description for Apologia Science:

Apologia Science courses are written from a Biblical worldview with the homeschool in mind. At the elementary level, courses follow a Charlotte Mason-inspired methodology, with lessons organized around narration, notebooking exercises and hands-on activities or projects. Children at different ages can use these together, learning at their own level. Each course is designed to be teacher-student interactive, so teacher involvement is fairly high at this level. At the junior high and high school levels, science courses are more traditional in nature, with the textbook written to the student. Teacher involvement time at this level is much less than at the elementary level. Textbooks contain student reading, lab instructions, "On Your Own" questions and Study Guide questions. A Solutions Manual provides the answers to these and the test questions. Lab kits are available separately for both the elementary and upper-level science courses which include most of the harder to find items you will need.


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

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Looking for curriculum that covers a broad approach that ties all the sciences together. Also, like the opportunity for video lessons to supplement.
Kelly K on Mar 21, 2022
Because of the Instructional Thumb Drive.
Heather on Sep 4, 2021
Looking for curriculum that covers a broad approach that ties all the sciences together. Also, like the opportunity for video lessons to supplement.
Kelly K on Mar 21, 2022
Starting to prepare for Highschool by starting with 7th grader in General Science. Heard it is student led, good for house with multiple kids (we have 3). Also liked idea of a video teacher to give some supplemental information.
Esther K on Oct 16, 2021
Because of the Instructional Thumb Drive.
Heather on Sep 4, 2021
Needed workbook for this and you don't sell the 2nd edition workbook anymore, plus I needed to order the audio part for help with my second student
Margaret S on Aug 16, 2021
homeschooling science
Michelle B on Jun 28, 2021
I chose this primarily for the thumb drive component so I can refresh myself and teach my 13 and 11 year old their first formal science course.
User on Mar 23, 2021
Nicholas N on Feb 17, 2021
Jennifer B on Dec 13, 2020
required for online class
A K on Aug 16, 2020
Best reviews and recommended
Brandy B on Aug 2, 2020
Love the ability for independent study with this curriculum. The text and work books work hand in hand and allow for the child to work at their own pace.
Janica J on May 13, 2020
Starting to prepare for Highschool by starting with 7th grader in General Science. Heard it is student led, good for house with multiple kids (we have 3). Also liked idea of a video teacher to give some supplemental information.
Esther K on Oct 16, 2021
Needed workbook for this and you don't sell the 2nd edition workbook anymore, plus I needed to order the audio part for help with my second student
Margaret S on Aug 16, 2021
What science should an 8th grader take that is creation based?
A shopper on May 10, 2023
BEST ANSWER: We used Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science for our special needs 9th grader and our 7th grader and were pleased with the level of information and challenge. I found it to be a great course (as are all of Apologia's). I believe it is suggested for 7th or 8th grade
Can I use this as a science credit for 9th grade?
A shopper on Jul 15, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Typically speaking, no. This is not high school level content. That said, you do you.
Is the instruction video included in the deluxe set meant to "teach" the course? I am wondering how much parent involvement is needed.
Sarah on Jun 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: There is a video flash drive that has instruction, further explanation, etc. Student still needs to read textbook. The videos helps explain things. The journal has day by day directions for student to follow and check off. This is briken down by week also. We haven't used yet, but I have purchased and reviewed. I'm pretty confident my upcoming 7th grader can do indepently. I also purchased experiment kit which is sold separately.
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Wonderful way to teach science. Having been a biology major in college, I love the apologetic approach. The teaching videos are excellent!
September 6, 2021
over 2 years ago
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Beautiful BUT Softcover?!
We are incredibly excited to dive into Apologia’s High School Biology! The content is phenomenal. The layout logical and vibrant! The only disappointment is the softcover we received. I’m a little bummed! Was not expecting such a beautiful, thick, and heavy book to be released in such a cheap format. It arrived with bent corners already and I’m. It sure this text will survive 5 children! Had this been a review fo Apologia directly, I might have given 3 stars...
May 16, 2020
over 3 years ago
Response from Rainbow Resource Center
I'm sorry for the bent corners on your new book. Please contact our customer service department and they will help you resolve the issue. 888-841-3456.
May 19, 2020
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