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Energy: Its Forms, Changes, & Functions (Investigate the Possibilities: Elementary Physics) Paperback – September 30, 2009
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Carolyn Reeves is especially skilled at creating ways to help students develop a greater understanding of not just scientific concepts, but how these are applied within the world around us. Carolyn retired after a 30-year career as a science teacher, finished a doctoral degree in science education, and now spends her time as a writer, published author, and educational consultant.
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Energy includes 20 hands-on science lessons that cover such topics as energy, light, heat, magnets, electricity, and solar, wind, water and nuclear energy. Each lesson contains an introduction to the topic, lab instructions, an explanation of the results of the experiment, connections to other ideas related to that topic, an opportunity for students to expand on what they learned, andan assessment to determine what your child learned.
Supplies will have to be gathered ahead of time and include such items as dry cells, sandpaper, marbles, pipe foam insulation, convex lenses, insulated wire, battery holders, knife switch and thermometer. In other words, these are items that are not impossible to find, but you will need to purchase them ahead of time. Equipment can be ordered from places such as Home Science Tools. By purchasing your equipment a little at a time using books like this, it's a good way to create your science supply kit for K-12th grade.
The teacher's guide includes objectives, notes and answers to the assessment questions.
The student journal is where students write observations about the investigation and answers to the assessment questions.
Each three-book set is only $[...], well worth the price. I recommend Energy for children in 1-8th grade, depending upon the student's science aptitude. For younger students, this could be part of a complete science curriculum.Read more ›
I like the fact that they do not just present the basic information about energy that my children learned in the first few elementary grades. The easy-to-read, yet in-depth lessons are interesting and students are encouraged to "dig deeper," become engaged in activities and experiments, and even take investigations further by learning how to apply the ideas in everyday life based on their own personal interests. The curriculum is a thorough investigation of energy that is designed in such a way that it could easily be used in homeschool, co-op or other educational settings.
The Student Journal contains short-answer questions, areas for students to draw pictures of their experiments, and places for students to make additional notes.
The Teacher's Guide has helpful questions (and answers) as well as additional teaching ideas.
The main book contains the lessons, activities, experiments, suggestions, etc. There are even supplemental notes that branch over into other subject areas, such as biographical information about scientists and information about how energy was understood throughout history.
With twenty "investigations" in the book, you could easily use the book for an entire year if you're in a co-op setting with approximately ten weeks each semester. Or, for families or other classroom settings, you could finish it in a single semester, depending on your needs and desires.
Finally, I would highly recommend the other books in the "Investigate the Possibilities" series from Master Books.Read more ›
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The book consists of 20 "investigations" about energy, from basic concepts like what it is, where it goes, and how it is stored, to sections on various types of energy such as light, heat, magnetic, electrical, solar, wind, water and nuclear. And it really is at a great level for 3rd-6th graders (or particularly science-loving younger kids too).
Each Investigation is set up similarly. There is an introductory section where the student is presented with some questions to think about. Some of these pages introduce (very briefly) a scientist such as Oersted or Faraday. A problem is introduced to be investigated, and the procedure and observations are outlined. The observation questions were great -- getting the kids (and Mom!) to think about what we actually saw as we did the investigation.
AFTER that, there is a page explaining the science of what we just did. You know, the stuff most science programs have you learn before you actually do anything yourself. This material was fantastic.
Finally, each investigation has a Dig Deeper section, and some questions to review what you learned. The idea is that the students should usually choose one of the Dig Deeper suggestions to follow, depending on their interests. Older students could be expected to do more. Some of these suggestions involve more hands-on, many involve some type of research. These Dig Deeper options make it pretty easy to beef up this to make it a good study for junior high kids.Read more ›