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Science Essentials, Grades 5 - 6 Paperback – March 6, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 6
  • Series: Science Essentials
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: American Education Publishing (March 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0769660495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0769660493
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought this would be great for my 11 year old to be able to learn on his own during times when I was busy elsewhere..like laundry or teaching my 15 year old..etc. Well, it's not a great book for homeschooling in my opinion. This book, for example, on page 48 has a huge image of a tooth and a list of words at the top (word bank) like dentin, cementum, root canal, pulp etc. The student is supposed to fill in the blanks pointing to various parts of the tooth using the word bank words. Well, nowhere in the book does it TELL you what the parts are. There is no information on it. So, you must either know them, or find them online etc and then fill in the parts. Well, this is how the entire book is. Some pages have a paragraph or two, then ask you questions about what you have read (page 55 on the circulatory system) which is what I was hoping the whole book would be like. No such luck. The majority of the book is going to take your student looking up all information and filling in pages as he/she goes along..not informing the student.

The only reason this book got two stars from me is because if you DID want your child to look up everything and just fill in crossword puzzles and diagrams after locating the required information, this book would work well and it does cover a lot of good topics. It is also very colorful. Lastly, it has many, many crossword puzzles which could be good or bad, depending on your child. For mine, it's another negative.

I really wish I had not invested in Science Essentials at all but hopefully my review will help some other homeschool moms and dads.

Sheri Gill
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So far, we've done one page in the book, page 247. It is riddled with errors.
The numbering for the questions is way off. For example, 6 across reads: "I am the only planet known to support life." Easy enough, right? The answer is Earth. But there are six spaces in the crossword puzzle for the answer.
7 across, "I am called the 'red planet'" has five spaces.
They also list a question for 5 across (there is no 5 across), but 9 across is missing.
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By Autumn on November 12, 2012
I got this for my 10 year old daughter to start our HS adventure. But this Science workbook while has great worksheets LACKS INFO on these subjects. I guess I was hoping for more. Like explain and then worksheet. It's not working so we are looking elsewhere and maybe use this for something else. I like the lapbook idea!
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We are using this workbook as an addition to our science curriculum. As other's have said it IS NOT a stand alone and outside sources are required to complete many pages. I find this to be a non issue as it forces the student to seek information from other sources, a good skill in my opinion. In my opinion this is a review book, and not effective to actually teach the subject matter. Pages are brightly printed and engaging for my daughter who is primarily a visual learner.
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Using this for supplemental material for a homeschooling 5th grader. 3 weeks into the schoolyear and he has used multiple pages so far. The content is pretty good so far and the color pages are easy to read, decent quality.
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We had 'Encyclopedia of the Human Body" by Steve Parker at the house already; this is an essential book inorder to complete the Science Essentials workbook. I home school as many parents that purchase this series; like many that write a poor review for this book you will need a reference book or intranet to finish many sujects in this book. Personally I have my daughter read the subject in the Encylopedia book and then test with this book. So far .... So Good. : ) Glas we purchased.
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5th grade daughter loves this book, the only thing I find discouraging is the lack of teaching it does but that is what we use the internet for so in a sense she is learning health, science and computer searching.
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I love this book for homeschooling! Some people gave it a poor review but the answers are in the back! It is a very good visual aid for my son. We cut out a lot of the pages and use them to make lapbooks! Then my son can go back through the lapbooks to review what he has learned. I highly recommend this to everyone as it covers a huge variety of subjects. You will need to look up more information on some of the subjects but that's no big deal to the parent that likes to be an educator!
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