Elementary General Science & Astronomy from the Investigate the Possibilities Series come alive through experiments that demonstrate science principles, while affirming a biblical worldview. Even middle school students will enjoy the program if you teach multi-age students together. This one-year curriculum gives easy-to-understand explanations and descriptions of scientific processes and then provides an activity using household items that applies the scientific knowledge they are learning. The included Parent Lesson Plan includes quiz and testing materials for both younger and older students!
Science Starters: Physical and Earth Science
This is the suggested course sequence that allows one core area of science to be studied per semester. You can change the sequence of the semesters per the needs or interests of your student; materials for each semester are independent of one another to allow flexibility.
Semester 1: General Science
Investigate the Possibilities Elementary General Science - Water & Weather From the Flood to Forecasts:
Learn about zones in the ocean, from warm, clear water to the deepest, coldest places. Find out the facts about the weather cycle, earth’s purification system, weather instruments, and more! Discover the important connection between water and fossils—how this helped to form, alter, and reveal them. Study not only the weather and varying climates around the world, but also explore the results of weather events in the past. The great Flood was a cataclysmic event that left behind fossils, and these impressions reveal much about what happened during and after this historical event. Form a connection between this biblical history and the world experienced outside your door as natural processes like rain and wind are shown to be forces at work in the environment!
Semester 2: Astronomy
Investigate the Possibilities Elementary Astronomy - The Universe From Comets to Constellations:
How big is the solar system? How big is the universe? Can we make a model to help us understand God’s wonderful creation? These and other questions are answered through a fun and investigative process created just for upper elementary students! Through simple experiments and fact-finding problems, this astronomy curriculum brings to light God’s design of this massive and intricate universe. Students will read about the historical discoveries of great scientists of the past like Kepler, Galileo, and Newton, and how their words impact us today. They will explore astronomy from the first observations of space, the creation of the telescope, the history of flight, and more. Students are encouraged in their faith as they become engaged in the scientific process through activities using inexpensive, everyday household items that bring science to life.
Science Starters: Elementary General Science & Astronomy
7 Books Included
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11 x 81/2
Hands-in Science Review by Kristina
What did you think of this book?
Each science lesson begins with hands-on activity/investigation!! Such a great way to increase interest about topic.
You will learn about the weather for one semester and astronomy the second; or vice versa. Weather was very age appropriate for my 8 year old, however I feel astronomy was geared for older kiddos. Curriculum fits a large age span if you have multiple kiddos.
Curriculum comes with all you need-- student workbook, "textbook", teachers guide, and manual. Very easy to use! Might be fun to grab additional library books, and make sure your "experiment" supplies are accessible-- or else in our experience they were skipped over!
Finally, love Christian worldview woven into the curriculum. So important in science! (Posted on 4/17/2016)
Solid Science with a Biblical Worldview Review by Anne Marie
What did you think of this book?
This year-long science curriculum is written for children in grades 3-8, but can incorporate children from K-4 by doing the simple experiments. Middle school students can be challenged by having them work on the research and more challenging activities.
Each book set includes 20 lessons which are called "Investigations". The Parent Lesson Planner gives detailed instructions for usage, and it is versatile so that you can teach all ages of children in a family. It has plans for a 36 week science course and includes tests and quizzes. The Teacher Guides give the answers to the questions and more resources when dealing with harder objectives such as radioactive dating methods.
I have three children, 3rd, 1st, and K4. Each lesson begins with a "Think About This" section and an activity to get the kids thinking about the science objective. After we did the hands-on activity as a group, I had my 3rd grader read from the student book and orally answer the questions from the student journal. The projects were great for all three kids. The tests, which cover multiple Investigation, and quizzes can be used for older students.
This is a great science curriculum to pull out every 3-4 years, especially if you use a cyclical system for homeschooling. It is written in such a way that is "grows" with your kids. So you buy the books once and you can reuse them as your children are ready to tackle harder science concepts.
Overall, Elementary General Science is a solid, "hands-on" science curriculum based on a biblical worldview. The illustrations are beautiful and relevant to the lessons. The lessons are set up so that students are engaged in the learning process through questions and problem solving. It does not have a "textbook" feel and is simple to use. However simple, this science curriculum explains the difference between uniformitarianism and catastrophism which are concepts our kids need to know if we want them to have a biblical worldview. In the Pause and Think section of each Investigation, students are given scripture and/or questions to ponder as they apply science principles to what scripture tells us. Critical thinking based on the Bible is priceless.