Science in the Atomic Age Set

Science in the Atomic Age Set


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Recorded Classes are available for this subject. The classes are taught by Mrs. McKeeman. There are two recordings per chapter of the the textbook.

This laboratory-based, middle school science course covers a wide range of topics that are of interest to modern scientists. It starts by describing our current understanding of atoms, molecules, the chemicals that are necessary for life, DNA, and cells. These topics are all discussed in the context of history, explaining how specific scientific advances led to the scientific explanations that the students are being taught. This allows students to learn not only the current scientific understanding of these topics, but also how scientists reached that understanding.

The course then uses what the student has learned to describe the living world. It discusses the levels of organization found in creation and spends time discussing topics at each level. As a result, students learn how cells work together to make tissues, how tissues come together to make organs, how organs form organ systems, how those organ systems produce organisms, and how those organisms relate to one another in populations and communities. The student then learns how those communities interact with the physical environment to form ecosystems, which then form biomes. Along the way, students learn about fascinating new discoveries such as the function of the human appendix, the human microbiome, and soft tissue found in dinosaur fossils. Throughout the course, God’s design in nature is highlighted, and topics in the creation/evolution debate are discussed.

This course is focused on learning through experiments and other hands-on activities. While students will not do an experiment or activity every day they do science, they will have more days with an experiment or activity than days without one. Experiments and activities use household items or things that are sold in supermarkets, drug stores, or hardware stores. The course is laid out so that the student knows what to cover each day, and most students will need to work an average of about 30-45 minutes every day of the week to cover the course in a year.

This product is a set consisting of the textbook and the answer key & tests book.

Category Description for Science in the Atomic Age:

A welcome addition to the middle school sciences, this new course by Dr. Jay Wile studies the scientific concepts learned since the beginning of the 20th century, through the lens of creation. This text is the final book in Dr. Wile’s Science through History series, it is a stand-alone course that does not require students to have completed the previous books to use it successfully. Topically, students cover the scientific method and experimentation, atoms, molecules, elements and compounds, chemistry in living things, DNA, cells, ecosystems, anatomy and much more. Students learn the science in the context of history, with a focus on how specific scientific advances led to today’s understanding. Throughout the course God’s design in nature is highlighted, and topics in the creation/evolution debate are discussed.

The text includes 16 chapters, with an average of 2 weeks planned for completion. Each chapter offers 3-4 lab experiments, numerous comprehension checks and an end of chapter review. Answers to comprehension checks are at the end of each chapter, and answers to the chapter reviews are found in the Answer Key and Tests Book. Memorization of definitions, and other crucial information is emphasized, and these tasks are doable through the centered definitions and highlighted equations that are listed within vital information. No separate lab book is required. Dr. Wile provides detailed instructions on creating a personal record of experiments using a spiral notebook, 3 ring binder or journal of your choice. Students should expect to spend 30-45 minutes per day/5 days per week completing the lessons, although some flexibility is built in. A question and answer service is available with the author. Labs use common household or easily found items. For your convenience, a lab kit from Nature’s Workshop Plus is planned. This well-organized, engaging, conversational text, and clearly defined lab experiments, are destined to make this a science course to remember for your middle school students. hc. ~ Deanne

Category Description for Science in History by Dr. Jay Wile:

After much speculation and anticipation, Dr. Jay Wiles new elementary science curriculum is now available, and dare I say, it has been worth the wait! For those unaware, Dr. Jay Wile is the author of the Jr. and Sr. High Apologia Science curriculum which was specifically designed for homeschool family use, and he continues in the same vein with his newest courses.

Designed to be used every other day, each of the curriculum courses provides one year’s worth of science instruction. Each book is divided into six sections that include twelve foundational lessons and three challenge lessons, for a total of 90 lessons. While the challenge lessons may be considered optional if you have a science-resistant child, you will find they add depth and enjoyment to the subject being studied and provide excellent extension activities for older or gifted students.

Designed with the belief that children of elementary age can learn together, each lesson includes a hands-on activity or experiment (parental supervision required), approximately three pages of reading, and review questions at three levels of difficulty. The hands-on activities or experiments primarily use commonly found household items, although lab kits are available. Supply lists by unit are conveniently located in the front of the textbooks, making it easy to secure items ahead of time.

While the hardcover Text contains all of the instruction, the author has provided parents with a “Helps & Hints” softcover book which offers experiment and activity notes, answers to all three levels of questions, and optional tests/answers for those who want to incorporate assessments (reproducible for family use). The author recommends students keep notebooks of activities/experiments and lesson questions to evaluate learning. Some reproducible activity templates are included to facilitate this.

The first course, Science in the Beginning, teaches science topics as they relate to the six days of creation. Here is an example of the questions and how the level of difficulty increases. From Lesson 9, Day 1 of Creation:

“Younger Students: Where does your eye’s lens focus the light that passes through it? What do the rods and the cones do in the eye? Older Students: Make your own drawing of the eye, based on the one you see on pg. 25. Label the cornea, lens, retina, and optic nerve. Make a note that the rods and cones can be found on the retina. Also, point out in the drawing where the blind spot is, and explain why it is a blind spot. Oldest Students: Do what the older students are doing. In addition, I want you to predict what would happen if I changed the instructions in the experiment. Suppose I asked you to hold the book so the red squares are just to the left of your nose. Then, suppose I told you to close your right eye and look at the red and blue circles with your left eye. Then, suppose I asked you to bring the book closer and closer to your face. Can you predict what you would eventually see? Write down your predication and then see if it was correct by actually doing the experiment that way.”

At this point, you may wonder how this compares to the Elementary Apologia curriculum. At first glance, the main difference is with the scope of topics. Dr. Jay’s new series provides students with exposure to multiple branches of science within the course of a year. Elementary Apologia takes one topic and studies it in-depth over the course of one year. Parents who have used the Jr. and Sr. High Apologia texts will find this new series is similar to the upper level Apologia texts, with lessons written in a friendly conversational tone, step-by-step experiment instructions and lesson reviews. Full-color graphics are plentiful but not as bountiful as in the Apologia elementary books. Also noteworthy is that each lesson in this book contains three pages of textual reading, which is less than the average daily readings in the elementary Apologia courses. Dr. Jay Wile’s excellent elementary series could ease the transition to the Apologia Jr. High Curriculum for a middle school student who is using a different program.

Texts are available separately as are the Helps & Hints. Sets include both the hardcover Textbook and Helps & Hints softcover book. Dr. Jay anticipates the release of other books in this series. Check our website or call to check availability or upcoming titles. ~ Deanne


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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We use Mr Wile's Elementary Science set (Science Through History) and my kids love it so much. The experiments helped him understand the concept and they used cheap lab supplies taken from my kitchen.
Agus R on Mar 3, 2023
Much respect for Dr. Jay Wile. Have listened to him multiple times. He is a very good communicator and instructor.
David R on Aug 16, 2022
We use Mr Wile's Elementary Science set (Science Through History) and my kids love it so much. The experiments helped him understand the concept and they used cheap lab supplies taken from my kitchen.
Agus R on Mar 3, 2023
Used for our co-op this year
Darcey H on Aug 22, 2022
Much respect for Dr. Jay Wile. Have listened to him multiple times. He is a very good communicator and instructor.
David R on Aug 16, 2022
I respect Jay Wile as an author and have had good success with other courses written by him.
Debra G on Aug 15, 2022
I love the way Dr Wile teaches science, he is very easy to understand and makes it more enjoyable
Kim M on Jul 19, 2022
I found this book series only a couple of years ago. My daughter and I loved working through the 2 first books in the series, but she is in 7th grade this year and the next few volumes are geared through 6th grade. We were excited to see a volume that would work for for 7th grade and I’m scooping it up :-)
Hayley H on Jul 9, 2022
Dr. Wile's elementary science series has been a great fit for our family and we felt like this would be a great next step for one of our older kiddos.
Piper on Jun 28, 2022
I have followed this curriculum with my early elementary children for 3 years now and love the open and go format and hands on approach. I'm excited to start another year!
Erin L on May 27, 2022
love this science for elementary
Amanda S on May 14, 2022
preparing my middle schoolers for high school science
Marche B on Mar 21, 2022
It is the recommended science course for my 7th grader (we use My Father's World curriculum).
Tuesday B on Feb 27, 2022
This was recommended in the MFW Curriculum for middle schoolers. It involves hands on labs to learn something from and is written from a Christian perspective. We have also used other books by this author in the past & enjoyed them.
Anne Marie N on Oct 22, 2021
We love Berean Builders Science!
Holly G on Aug 8, 2021
Jay Wile is our favorite science teacher and has well prepared my older students for college
Julie O on Jul 26, 2021
Dr. Wile's books are all excellent, so we know this one will be no exception.
Elizabeth K on Jul 15, 2021
More lab opportunities.
Beth A on Aug 28, 2020
Used for our co-op this year
Darcey H on Aug 22, 2022
I respect Jay Wile as an author and have had good success with other courses written by him.
Debra G on Aug 15, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent content with great presentation. Thank you Dr. Wile!
September 16, 2022
7 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Might be closer to high school level
For us, this was a big leap from elementary science. It seems much more detailed and appears to expect a lot more comprehension from the student and teacher.
The book itself is high quality and there are some resources on the company’s website, but I’m afraid some of the material will not be absorbed. At least it will lay a foundation of terms and concepts for the future.
August 27, 2022
7 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Good for middle school science.
This is such a great book with good example and experiments that use mostly everyday items around the house. The only downside is it is hard for a teen to understand sometimes. The concepts are explained well and it is thorough which I like, but it does require a teacher to help explain. We use this book as homeschoolers in a co-op and that set up works well.
August 31, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very pleased with this program. Using it with a son in 7th grade who has done very little formal science but has done a great deal of self-directed study. He really likes the independence of knowing what to do every day. This was made for real-life homeschooling. Previously I was using a program made for the classroom and trying to adapt it to homeschooling. This is much better. Excellent product!
March 13, 2021
over 2 years ago

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