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Number of Pages: 88
Vendor: Master Books
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Universe by Design: An Explanation of Cosmology and CreationDanny FaulknerMaster Books / 2004 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Misfit MomDisplaced Midwesterner2 Stars Out Of 5DisappointedJuly 31, 2015Misfit MomDisplaced MidwesternerQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 1I was trying to find a hands-on curriculum for my 5th grade son, so I purchased this. Also wanted a shorter unit study type book. Sorry, I'm going to give a longer review in hopes it helps other moms. (I hate to give a bad review, because I like Master Books, but I couldn't get past the first few lessons.)
I do go through and plan each lesson ahead of time (get the supplies, etc.) and the first thing I noticed was that the Teacher's manual had nothing of a "Teacher's" edition. It simply shows the student book in smaller form above and the questions asked of the student (which are in the student book) below that. So....not really of any use. It has no objectives or lesson planner or any help whatsoever. One lesson had an alternative to setting up the universe model, but that's all I saw.
I would have to say the lessons are difficult to understand. I sat reading them with my husband last night and asked him, do you understand this? To which he replied, "No." I guess some of the lessons don't make much sense as to what concept the student should be getting from it. For instance, Lesson 3 says it's about "Space and Light". The first thing that is disconnected is that it's mentioning something that it has NOT taught previously, but expects the student just to know completely. Pg. 16, "Most of what we know about forces and motions are based on Newton's laws. They are still dependable throughout the universe as long as they are viewed from a location that is assumed to be flat and not moving. Einstein found a new way of expanding Newton's laws of motion by taking into account the fact that everything in the universe is moving and velocity and gravity can affect time." Uh, blank stare from child who first of all doesn't know Newton's laws yet. It continues on to give 7 very complex ideas (which are not explained WHAT KIND OF IDEAS they are) that make no sense, then the students are questioned on them!
It continues on in the section they call "Making Connections", "Based on Genesis 1:1, creation scientist believe the heavens and the earth had a beginning. Based on the big-bang theory, most evolutionary scientist also believe that the universe had a beginning. Creation and evolutionary scientist disagree about the length of time this took and how a random explosion could result in orderly balanced systems, such as the solar system." Hmmmm...so are we now talking about the length of time the universe has been around and then just making a strange daft statement, which the student better already know!? It seems we go from complicated to idiotic. My 5th grader wants REAL answers about the time of things (which many evidences prove, they are just not taught in this book).
The lessons are really disconnected and they say they are teaching a concept, but I would have to disagree with them. One thing I liked was each lesson starts with a little narrative in story form about kids asking questions, then you do an experiment, then you read the "science stuff". Seems good, but in reality, not. It seems to be written to kids who have had endless exposure to evolution theories, but without any knowledge of God's word, nor instruction from their parents. I gotta say, it's the most frustrating thing about these Creation-Science books. They fail to understand there are children in this world who understand creation vs. evolution from the start. For instance, Lesson 2 (Spreading out the Heavens) starts with a story how these 2 kids were enjoying and laughing over a video of themselves sliding down a slide and their dad reversed it and they went up the slide, etc. One of the children asks wouldn't it be fun if we could see a video for a whole year in reverse to see how we changed. So, "Her father said, "Let's take this idea a little further. What if there was a video of the entire universe that could be shown in reverse right back to the beginning of everything? What do you think we'd see at the very beginning?" Anita remembered seeing a TV program once about the big-bang theory. It showed the beginning of the universe as a small dense ball. Then, about 15 billion years ago, the ball exploded and everything began to move out in all directions forming stars, planets, moons and all the other objects in the universe. Do you think, if it were possible to see a movie of the universe in reverse, it would begin as a small dense 'ball' 15 billion years ago?" My question is WHO IS THIS BOOK DIRECTED TO? Kids who have had ZERO teaching about God's word and the creation of the world, or who just sit around and get their info from the TV?! My son starts laughing his head off...uh, what is this, he asks! Then, then next section, "The Investigative Problems" to which they ask, "Is the universe expanding? Well, which is it? Are we trying to teach when the universe was created, or if it's expanding? It's just not well taught or written.
This same lesson had us do a fun experiment tossing giant marshmallows as we walked away, but with no real explanation as to what that proves or shows. It only was fun, but taught no real concept.
It's just kind of all over the place with no real objective. Some of the experiments are good, but they can be found in Janice VanCleve's Astronomy Experiments. Still on the hunt for something else. This was NOT it!
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