Matter: Its Properties and Its Changes Package

Matter: Its Properties and Its Changes Package


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Grades: 3-6

Category Description for Investigate the Possibilities:

This elementary science program uses an extremely hands-on and interesting approach for students in grades 3-6 to get a thorough understanding of the physical and chemical laws at work in God's Creation. The series incorporates creation apologetics and mini Bible lessons in with science concepts to help students understand how science works according to God's plan and His word.

The multi-step, systematic approach employed by this series has 6 steps: engage, investigate, explain, apply, expand, and assess. Each lesson uses the 6 steps to engage students from beginning to end.

Think About This is the engage step of the lesson and presents the concept to be taught. The information is presented in small amounts so that the page isn't visually overwhelming to students, and it is written in age-appropriate language without being watered down. The investigate portion includes 3 sections The Investigative Problem, Gather These Materials, and Procedure & Observations. These sections work together to tell students what to look for, what materials they will need, and instructions for the activity and what and how to observe. The Science Stuff is the explain step that tells what happened in the investigation using a scientific explanation. Making Connections is the apply step which tells how the science knowledge is related to other situations and ideas. The expand step is found in Dig Deeper which provides an opportunity for students to expand what they have learned by doing another project. There may be 3 or 4 choices for these projects. Students in 3rd and 4th grade should do at least one project per lesson for a total of 20 projects per semester. Students in 5th and 6th should complete at least 25 projects per semester. The last step is the assess step which is titled What Did You Learn. This is where students will answer questions about the content of the lesson.

Each Lesson Book in the series includes 20 lessons, one lesson or investigation per week, which means one book should take about one semester to complete. Students will learn about scientists from different periods in history, read informative narratives, and be given the opportunity for skits or dramas taken from their research. The bright, colorful texts in this series will really hold the attention of middle grade students.

The Teacher Guide for each Lesson Book begins by offering an explanation of this program and a note to the teacher. The pages include small-format student pages along with the objective for each lesson, special instructions for the investigations, follow-up discussion questions, additional activities, and answer key.

The Student Journal offers a place for students to record information from the investigations, projects, ideas, and reflections. There are graphs for special projects, questions to help students better understand science, charts to help simplify studies, and guidance for the Digging Deeper activity. Note pages are found at the back of the book for additional information a student may want to write.

Newly available supplements include Teacher Guides from Master Books, which provide a weekly lesson schedule (180 lessons), reproducible quizzes & tests (2 levels), quiz/test answer keys, and master supply list.

Forces & Motion investigates physical science and earth science. Topics include acceleration, buoyancy, gravity, density, energy, force, friction, inertia, lift, mass, potential energy, pressure, speed, and weight. Students will also learn about Archimedes, Bernoulli, Galileo, and Isaac Newton. Subtitled “From High-speed Jets to Wind-up Toys,” it holds fun activities like observing and recording wind-up toys, spinning tops, toy cars, catapults and more. Matter covers chemistry using household items. Students will learn about bubbles, water, colors, salt, and the periodic table. Energy: Its Forms, Changes & Functions simplifies the physics of all types of energy such as wind, solar, and nuclear. Earth: Its Structure & Its Change, covers earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals, rocks, weathering, caves, glaciers, and the soil. The teacher guide and student journal are combined for this title. Water & Weather covers everything water from the beginning and creation of fossils, evaporation and the water cycle, God’s system of purifying water, and weather instruments. Universe: From Comets to Constellations is the most recent in the series and is a great earth & space study. Learn about Kepler & Galileo, the universe and the planets within, earth and its atmosphere, the moon, and constellations. This series offers an alternative to some of the programs already available. The reading is presented at grade level, so students can do their own reading, and hands-on opportunities abound. It’s not only interesting for students, but it is easy for parents and teachers to implement. There is a certain ‘Gravitas’ feel to the program, but presented from a Biblical worldview and a smaller price tag. ~ Donna


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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The Investigate the Possibilities series is geared toward students from grade 3 to 6 Its content is about elementary chemistry and the book is packed with tons of activities Learning is fun when you have the possibility of applying it yourselfThe book is bright in colors and includes many images to attract the eye of the child There is information to make you think as well as observation to be made while experimenting In total there are 20 investigations to be made by the kids while going through this book They will discover more about chemicals bubbles colors water acids salt metals electricity and much more The teaching deals also with faith in God The experiments use household items and teach the why and how things work what they are made of and where they come from The students will also get introduced to the periodic tableEach chapter has various sections from engaging the students to explaining applying expanding and assessing the information In each lesson the student will learn to think about an aspect of chemistry and he/she will also read about the science aspect of it as well as making connection with the methods instruments and so on At the end of the lesson there are questions to make sure the student has understood the information he read and learned during the lessonAlso available are the Teacher�s Guide and the Student Journal The Teacher�s Guide contains information on how to plan and teach the lesson as well as guidance for the teacher It also provides the answers to the questions the students have to answer Each page also has a copy of the page from the book so that it�s easy to know which lesson the information refers to The Student Journal is mostly a book where the student can write down the observations made during the experiments as well as answering the questions for comprehension There is a section called Dig Deeper where the student can jot down some answers to the questions/challenge offered in the Dig Deeper section of the book For example in lesson 1 the student need to find the name of one charity whose mission is to provide clean water to people who don�t have clean water to drink Obviously some research is needed to find the answerI was a little bit anxious on how I would introduce chemistry to my kids eventually I think this book is an answer to prayer You see chemistry was not my strong subject when I was in high school neither when I was in c�gep which is why I gave up on being a vet and went into administration to eventually go into information technology But deep down I always loved medicine and so on So when I got this book and saw how fun the book has been made for children I was very happy to have had the opportunity to review it I look forward to doing some lessons with my 3rd grader this year when we start school This book is well taught and contains relevant information as well I like the fact that it gives the creation perspective of things I�m very pleased to have discovered a chemistry book that doesn�t put God aside to teach the children The experiments look very fun to do I am particularly looking forward to the one in lesson 2 which requires diapersI strongly recommend this book to homeschoolers who are teaching 3rd to 6th grades You won�t be disappointed for sure
June 3, 2010

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