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Units and lessons follow a consistent format. Units begin with a short introduction that provides objectives, vocabulary, and materials needed; a coloring page and a unit "wrap-up" multiple-choice assessment are also included.
Individual lessons include:
- A "Teaching Time" passage to be read aloud or independently (Scripture and defined terms are in the margin)
- Five fill-in-the-blank review exercises
- A "Hands-On Time" activity that reinforces concepts from the lesson (materials needed list and step-by-step directions provided)
- A "Think about It" critical-thinking exercise based on the results from the Hands-on Time activity
The included Companion Resource CD includes daily lesson plans, all reproducibles, materials lists, and a bonus literature study guide.
- The Foundations of Physics
- Matter in Motion
- Energy in Motion
- Electricity and Magnetism
This book features 30 lessons, each designed to take approximately one week. If taught twice per week (reading during one science period, activities during the other) lessons will take approximately 60-90 minutes each day. One-year curriculum. Grades 4-8. Answer key provided; fully reproduced questions with bolded correct answers. Extensive book and resource list with appropriate grade levels also included.
405 indexed pages, softcover. Reproducible consumable workbook (reproduction allowed for families). Scripture from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.
Number of Pages: 406
Vendor: Bright Ideas Press
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Christian Kids Explore
Kathy5 Stars Out Of 5Bright Ideas in Science CurriculumMarch 10, 2016KathyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Christian Kids Explore Physics is authored by husband and wife team, Robert W. Ridlon, Jr. and Elizabeth J. Ridlon. Their approach to teaching physics is simplistic: We learn new and complicated things every day---from computer programs and games to new moves in a sport to a new song on a musical instrument. We are always learning. Physics is no different---it takes time and perseverance.
The curriculum presents the concepts of physics from a Christian worldview perspective.
Christian Kids Explore Physics contains 30 lessons and six unit reviews which cover the topic of physics. The curriculum is comprised of the following components:
A Note from the Author
How to Use This Book
The Foundations of Physics: What Physics is All About; Measuring; Famous Physicists; Wrap Up
Matter: The Composition of Matter; Atomic Physics; Molecules and Mass; Solid and Liquid Matter; Gases; Change in States of Matter; Wrap Up
Mechanics: Force; Gravity; Work; Friction; Energy; Wrap Up
Matter in Motion: Motion in a Straight Line; Motion in a Circle; Newtons Laws; Projectile Motion; Momentum; Wrap Up
Energy in Motion: Electromagnetic Energy; Radio and Television; Light and Color; X-rays; Heat; Sound; Music; Wrap Up
Electricity and Magnetism: Electricity; Electric Current; Magnetism; Earths Magnetic Field; Wrap Up
The curriculum also includes: Glossary, Coloring Pages, Book and Resource List, Answer Keys, Index and About the Authors.
Each lesson unit introduces the topic with a unit timeline, vocabulary words, and materials needed for the unit. The lesson itself is made up of two building blocks: Teaching Time and Hands on Time. I would highly recommend purchasing the resource cd download which contains the reproducible pages in the back of the text.
Overall, we have been pleased with this curriculum as it lends itself to the Classical Education and Charlotte Mason philosophies. Scientific concepts are presented in an engaging and easy to understand manner. This allows the student to build upon their interest through research and scientific experimentation.
ibantpi5 Stars Out Of 5Great!February 2, 2015ibantpiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This curriculum is exactly what i was looking for. It's quick thorough lessons are perfect for my 8th Grader. It doesn't get so deep into the subject as to turn her off to Physics at her age, but yet, gives a very detailed explanation of all basic information that needs to be covered. Great experiments and easy to understand. The Chemistry book was great, as well. Easily self directed by my daughter.
KelaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Better than expectedMarch 31, 2013KelaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Our family isn't really all that into science. From the first lesson the kids and I were able to understand terms that had been made to seem so difficult with other textbooks.
We will be continuing with the "Christian Kids Explore" series.
Lynell KuhnPocahontas, IAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Quality, Christian science bookAugust 17, 2012Lynell KuhnPocahontas, IAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4We are in our 2nd round of using Christian Kids Explore series for a science co-op. This book is very adaptable and helps children love science. Easy to teach, and adapt to different situations.
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