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Item #: 029707
ISBN: 9780547353883
Grades: 6-8

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Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston

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Thorough and leveled
I purchased this book to supplement my 3rd grader's Science Fusion books. I love this middle school text and especially the CDROM that comes with it. There are 3 different levels for the worksheets and the tests. The lower level works for an advanced 3rd grader, and the advanced level will work when we revisit the material in middle school. For my use, this is a two in one resource that I can use twice. It has wonderful links to internet resources too, as well as labs that can work for any level.
April 20, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Making Science Enjoyable
This is our third year of homeschooling and so far we have used Apologia / Berean Builders. I have struggled with Berean Builders for the elementary grades, because of the wordiness of the text. We tried Apologia last year and it was much better and easier for my kids to understand, but a lot to digest.

This year for my 7th grader we began our year with General Science and it was very hard to understand for our daughter. It was very wordy and more apologetic than I needed (even though I love combining Jesus and Science) and our daughter was dreading science each day.

So we began to look for a curriculum that would be used in public schools to see what a 7th grade level would look like. We found Holt Science and liked that it had a homeschool plan with it.

We have just finished Ch 2 and today she takes her test. She is enjoying the book and it is much easier for her to digest the material.

From a teacher standpoint, I like that there is a teacher text, so I can follow along with her as she reads. I like the Chapter Resource CD and all of the tests of different levels and the directed reading at different levels to work with. The directed reading worksheets have been a great way to work through the reading along with taking notes. The section and chapter reviews have been very helpful too. She aced her first test and has built up her confidence in Science. You can't dread science if your desire is to be a vet one day :-)

We aren't too far into the book yet, but so far it has transformed our time in science. As for it not being a Christian curriculum, I plan to use Christian science books to help us supplement when needed, so we can see God's view.

I really like the way the curriculum has direction for you with different student abilities. Those who are average, above, or have learning disabilities. There are chapter tests designed for each level and even have hands on test to display their knowledge. The directed reading has been so beneficial and the extra worksheets have be helpful as well.

We also purchased the lab DVD and so far we have watched one. It's a nice supplement if you don't have all of the supplies needed for a experiment. It's definitely not the same as doing the lab on your own, but you can see the results.

Right now I plan to get the Physical set for next year and my daughter and son can do it together, as she will be an 8th grader and he a 6th grader!

Simple, Direct, Challenging with the different levels of work, Customization for each student!
November 21, 2017
Purchased
8 months ago
Great Secular Middle School Science Book
We love the Holt Middle School Science textbook series. Lots of activities to choose from so you can make it work for your child. Several different level tests, reinforcement activities, quizzes and directed reading worksheets. Also ideas and experiment sheets for labs that are in the book so you can build your own labs if you want to. For middle school and high school, you can put the Holt books with Quality Science Lab kits that come with a manual to give you a complete science with lab course.
February 19, 2016
Written for public schools includes a few chapters on evolution and reproduction You'll need to go through all the labs to order some materials Short thorough and manageable chapters Daily lesson plans are included with a lot of optional and enrichment activities my children enjoyed You'll need to review the lesson plans weekly to see what materials you need and sometimes review the chapters yourself as a refresher Labs are creative and engaging More worksheets are included than you'll ever use We skipped all the worksheets except some enrichments and the tests We took notes for each chapter together in various styles instead of doing all the worksheets It's a serious science course which I felt was worth the expense enjoyable and rigorous I used this with my ten and eleven year old and will continue using the series
January 19, 2015
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Why did you choose this?
Rainbow Resource Center Store
The Science Fusion I ordered before did not have enough content. It is mostly designed to teach how to study science, but does little to provide key content areas in any depth at all. I am hoping this book does better. I am just purchasing all of the 6-8 grade Holt Science Texts so I can draw what I need from those texts and use the books from grades 3-5.
Alena B on Mar 19, 2018
recommended
Paty R on Sep 6, 2017
The Science Fusion I ordered before did not have enough content. It is mostly designed to teach how to study science, but does little to provide key content areas in any depth at all. I am hoping this book does better. I am just purchasing all of the 6-8 grade Holt Science Texts so I can draw what I need from those texts and use the books from grades 3-5.
Alena B on Mar 19, 2018
Currently using in school
Mary Lou H on Mar 6, 2018
recommended
Paty R on Sep 6, 2017
I chose this based on good parent reviews and because I have both a middle schooler and a high schooler. It looked like it would coordinate well with my daughter's Holt Biology program. Also, it was less expensive from Rainbow Books than from any other vendor.
Mary O on Sep 2, 2017
My 4th grader is really interested in becoming a vet. All of the vet books are college level and are way too advanced. We read through the sample pages together and went over the review questions at the end of the chapter. The questions were fairly straightforward and the answers could be found in the reading without making lots of leaps or requiring a lot of prior knowledge to answer them. I wanted a secular curriculum.
Erin S on Jul 21, 2016
To teach science to my son next year - it seemed the most comprehensive package available for a middle school student, covering all aspects of life science (including evolution).
Rosemary L on Feb 23, 2016
Currently using in school
Mary Lou H on Mar 6, 2018
I chose this based on good parent reviews and because I have both a middle schooler and a high schooler. It looked like it would coordinate well with my daughter's Holt Biology program. Also, it was less expensive from Rainbow Books than from any other vendor.
Mary O on Sep 2, 2017
Are you creating a cd that is compatible with modern computers? How do you expect modern users to access the informaiton on the cd?
A shopper on May 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Our family purchased a new computer this year, after we had purchased the Holt Life Science. When purchasing our new computer, we found that many computers are not including the CD drive like they used to. We had two options, find one that does or purchase an external cd drive. We opted for an all in one PC, which has everything included in the monitor. We have Windows 10 and there hasn't been any problems with the cd working, it worked just fine.

I hope that this helps you in your purchasing plans.
Who is/are the authors? I dont live in your part of the world and need this material urgently for my ward. PDF pssible to whatever exent?
A shopper on Feb 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This course is published by Holt, Rinehart, & Co. It has what is called a corporate author which means it has an editorial board rather than a single author. We do not currently have a PDF version available.
Will the CD ROM of Hold Science run on Windows 8?
A shopper on Feb 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, the CD-ROM has very old system requirements and will only work on Windows: 95, 98. 2000, ME, NT, or XP.
Hi is this faith based?
Nicole on Aug 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No it is not, but you can supplement faith based material to help weave in a faith based view, which is what we are doing. You could use The Wonders of Creation book set.
I have a 6th and a 7th grader. Can they share the text book?
A shopper on Mar 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they should be able to share the textbook. It comes with a CD that includes printable reading guides, quizzes, extra labs, etc. it would be simple to just print two copies of each. Obviously, the would have to stagger their reading schedules so that they aren't reading from the book at the same time. Hope this helps!
when do expect this product to be available?
A shopper on Sep 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We expected them into the warehouse this week (week of 9/6) but they have not yet arrived.
Please bear with me, I have a few questions: 1. What are the differences in the Parent CD vs the Teacher's Edition? 2. Do they provide different materials? 3. Do the tests/quizzes/etc come on the student resource CD or from the Parent CD or Teacher Edition? 4. Can the student complete this course independently or does it require extensive parent prep time? THANK YOU!!!
Shanna on Mar 2, 2016
Holt Science & Technology Life Science Homeschool Package
Holt Science & Technology Life Science Homeschool Package
Holt Science & Technology Life Science Homeschool Package With Parent Guide CD-ROM
Holt Science & Technology Life Science Homeschool Package With Parent Guide CD-ROM
BEST ANSWER: I love this curriculum. The homeschool parent CD is a guide - it is broken down daily. It gives you additional information about the topics, what pages and assignments for that day and activities you can do with your student. The chapter resources CD has the directed readings, assessments, lab instructions/worksheets and answer keys. My daughter successfully works on this independently. The labs are a little hard to do at home because sometimes equipment is needed that we are unable to obtain because of availability and/or cost. When that happens, she does the SciLinks activities online. The most time consuming part of using this curriculum is printing everything you need for a week. Be prepared to have lots of ink and paper on hand!
I'd like to know if this package includes a consumable workbook?
A shopper on Feb 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, it does not. There is a Student Text, a Teacher Edition, and a Chapter Resources CD-ROM.
Are the labs hands on or all online? Does it have a lab kit?
A shopper on Dec 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have found that you can purchase a good lab kit with a manual from Quality Science labs that will give you the experiments that you can match up with the chapters in the Holt books for both Middle school and High school.
Does this program include tests to administer to the student?
A shopper on Dec 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this kit not only includes tests but chapter reviews, reteach handouts, quizzes, section reviews, different levels of assessments, critical thinking, experiments, and standard test question reviews.
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    4.8 / 5.0
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    Thorough and leveled
    I purchased this book to supplement my 3rd grader's Science Fusion books. I love this middle school text and especially the CDROM that comes with it. There are 3 different levels for the worksheets and the tests. The lower level works for an advanced 3rd grader, and the advanced level will work when we revisit the material in middle school. For my use, this is a two in one resource that I can use twice. It has wonderful links to internet resources too, as well as labs that can work for any level.
    April 20, 2018
    Purchased
    2 months ago
    Making Science Enjoyable
    This is our third year of homeschooling and so far we have used Apologia / Berean Builders. I have struggled with Berean Builders for the elementary grades, because of the wordiness of the text. We tried Apologia last year and it was much better and easier for my kids to understand, but a lot to digest.

    This year for my 7th grader we began our year with General Science and it was very hard to understand for our daughter. It was very wordy and more apologetic than I needed (even though I love combining Jesus and Science) and our daughter was dreading science each day.

    So we began to look for a curriculum that would be used in public schools to see what a 7th grade level would look like. We found Holt Science and liked that it had a homeschool plan with it.

    We have just finished Ch 2 and today she takes her test. She is enjoying the book and it is much easier for her to digest the material.

    From a teacher standpoint, I like that there is a teacher text, so I can follow along with her as she reads. I like the Chapter Resource CD and all of the tests of different levels and the directed reading at different levels to work with. The directed reading worksheets have been a great way to work through the reading along with taking notes. The section and chapter reviews have been very helpful too. She aced her first test and has built up her confidence in Science. You can't dread science if your desire is to be a vet one day :-)

    We aren't too far into the book yet, but so far it has transformed our time in science. As for it not being a Christian curriculum, I plan to use Christian science books to help us supplement when needed, so we can see God's view.

    I really like the way the curriculum has direction for you with different student abilities. Those who are average, above, or have learning disabilities. There are chapter tests designed for each level and even have hands on test to display their knowledge. The directed reading has been so beneficial and the extra worksheets have be helpful as well.

    We also purchased the lab DVD and so far we have watched one. It's a nice supplement if you don't have all of the supplies needed for a experiment. It's definitely not the same as doing the lab on your own, but you can see the results.

    Right now I plan to get the Physical set for next year and my daughter and son can do it together, as she will be an 8th grader and he a 6th grader!

    Simple, Direct, Challenging with the different levels of work, Customization for each student!
    November 21, 2017
    Purchased
    8 months ago
    Great Secular Middle School Science Book
    We love the Holt Middle School Science textbook series. Lots of activities to choose from so you can make it work for your child. Several different level tests, reinforcement activities, quizzes and directed reading worksheets. Also ideas and experiment sheets for labs that are in the book so you can build your own labs if you want to. For middle school and high school, you can put the Holt books with Quality Science Lab kits that come with a manual to give you a complete science with lab course.
    February 19, 2016
    Written for public schools includes a few chapters on evolution and reproduction You'll need to go through all the labs to order some materials Short thorough and manageable chapters Daily lesson plans are included with a lot of optional and enrichment activities my children enjoyed You'll need to review the lesson plans weekly to see what materials you need and sometimes review the chapters yourself as a refresher Labs are creative and engaging More worksheets are included than you'll ever use We skipped all the worksheets except some enrichments and the tests We took notes for each chapter together in various styles instead of doing all the worksheets It's a serious science course which I felt was worth the expense enjoyable and rigorous I used this with my ten and eleven year old and will continue using the series
    January 19, 2015
  • Q & A
    Start typing your question and we'll check if it was already asked and answered. Learn More
    Browse 11 questions Browse 11 questions and 25 answers
    Why did you choose this?
    Rainbow Resource Center Store
    The Science Fusion I ordered before did not have enough content. It is mostly designed to teach how to study science, but does little to provide key content areas in any depth at all. I am hoping this book does better. I am just purchasing all of the 6-8 grade Holt Science Texts so I can draw what I need from those texts and use the books from grades 3-5.
    Alena B on Mar 19, 2018
    recommended
    Paty R on Sep 6, 2017
    The Science Fusion I ordered before did not have enough content. It is mostly designed to teach how to study science, but does little to provide key content areas in any depth at all. I am hoping this book does better. I am just purchasing all of the 6-8 grade Holt Science Texts so I can draw what I need from those texts and use the books from grades 3-5.
    Alena B on Mar 19, 2018
    Currently using in school
    Mary Lou H on Mar 6, 2018
    recommended
    Paty R on Sep 6, 2017
    I chose this based on good parent reviews and because I have both a middle schooler and a high schooler. It looked like it would coordinate well with my daughter's Holt Biology program. Also, it was less expensive from Rainbow Books than from any other vendor.
    Mary O on Sep 2, 2017
    My 4th grader is really interested in becoming a vet. All of the vet books are college level and are way too advanced. We read through the sample pages together and went over the review questions at the end of the chapter. The questions were fairly straightforward and the answers could be found in the reading without making lots of leaps or requiring a lot of prior knowledge to answer them. I wanted a secular curriculum.
    Erin S on Jul 21, 2016
    To teach science to my son next year - it seemed the most comprehensive package available for a middle school student, covering all aspects of life science (including evolution).
    Rosemary L on Feb 23, 2016
    Currently using in school
    Mary Lou H on Mar 6, 2018
    I chose this based on good parent reviews and because I have both a middle schooler and a high schooler. It looked like it would coordinate well with my daughter's Holt Biology program. Also, it was less expensive from Rainbow Books than from any other vendor.
    Mary O on Sep 2, 2017
    Are you creating a cd that is compatible with modern computers? How do you expect modern users to access the informaiton on the cd?
    A shopper on May 10, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Our family purchased a new computer this year, after we had purchased the Holt Life Science. When purchasing our new computer, we found that many computers are not including the CD drive like they used to. We had two options, find one that does or purchase an external cd drive. We opted for an all in one PC, which has everything included in the monitor. We have Windows 10 and there hasn't been any problems with the cd working, it worked just fine.

    I hope that this helps you in your purchasing plans.
    Who is/are the authors? I dont live in your part of the world and need this material urgently for my ward. PDF pssible to whatever exent?
    A shopper on Feb 18, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: This course is published by Holt, Rinehart, & Co. It has what is called a corporate author which means it has an editorial board rather than a single author. We do not currently have a PDF version available.
    Will the CD ROM of Hold Science run on Windows 8?
    A shopper on Feb 9, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: No, the CD-ROM has very old system requirements and will only work on Windows: 95, 98. 2000, ME, NT, or XP.
    Hi is this faith based?
    Nicole on Aug 20, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: No it is not, but you can supplement faith based material to help weave in a faith based view, which is what we are doing. You could use The Wonders of Creation book set.
    I have a 6th and a 7th grader. Can they share the text book?
    A shopper on Mar 8, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, they should be able to share the textbook. It comes with a CD that includes printable reading guides, quizzes, extra labs, etc. it would be simple to just print two copies of each. Obviously, the would have to stagger their reading schedules so that they aren't reading from the book at the same time. Hope this helps!
    when do expect this product to be available?
    A shopper on Sep 8, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: We expected them into the warehouse this week (week of 9/6) but they have not yet arrived.
    Please bear with me, I have a few questions: 1. What are the differences in the Parent CD vs the Teacher's Edition? 2. Do they provide different materials? 3. Do the tests/quizzes/etc come on the student resource CD or from the Parent CD or Teacher Edition? 4. Can the student complete this course independently or does it require extensive parent prep time? THANK YOU!!!
    Shanna on Mar 2, 2016
    Holt Science & Technology Life Science Homeschool Package
    Holt Science & Technology Life Science Homeschool Package
    Holt Science & Technology Life Science Homeschool Package With Parent Guide CD-ROM
    Holt Science & Technology Life Science Homeschool Package With Parent Guide CD-ROM
    BEST ANSWER: I love this curriculum. The homeschool parent CD is a guide - it is broken down daily. It gives you additional information about the topics, what pages and assignments for that day and activities you can do with your student. The chapter resources CD has the directed readings, assessments, lab instructions/worksheets and answer keys. My daughter successfully works on this independently. The labs are a little hard to do at home because sometimes equipment is needed that we are unable to obtain because of availability and/or cost. When that happens, she does the SciLinks activities online. The most time consuming part of using this curriculum is printing everything you need for a week. Be prepared to have lots of ink and paper on hand!
    I'd like to know if this package includes a consumable workbook?
    A shopper on Feb 22, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: No, it does not. There is a Student Text, a Teacher Edition, and a Chapter Resources CD-ROM.
    Are the labs hands on or all online? Does it have a lab kit?
    A shopper on Dec 7, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: I have found that you can purchase a good lab kit with a manual from Quality Science labs that will give you the experiments that you can match up with the chapters in the Holt books for both Middle school and High school.
    Does this program include tests to administer to the student?
    A shopper on Dec 3, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, this kit not only includes tests but chapter reviews, reteach handouts, quizzes, section reviews, different levels of assessments, critical thinking, experiments, and standard test question reviews.
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