Posted 24 November 2010 - 10:12 AM
Posted 24 November 2010 - 11:30 AM
I have the 2000 edition of most of the books and used the 2003 edition workbooks with them.
You shouldn't actually need the teacher editions, but if you don't have the teacher edition, you should get the Lab Zone EZ Planner cd-rom because it gives the teacher information for every experiment in the series.
Posted 24 November 2010 - 11:36 AM
Next year is going to be interesting since I plan to tie together alot of my 7th and 8th grader's subjects. We will be doing science, geography and a history timeline as a group. I am even planning a music/singing class.
Posted 24 November 2010 - 12:21 PM
and it just came in the mail today. My husband has been sitting beside me looking over the book, and he said, "Wow! This book is like a breath of fresh air!" (We felt that the Apologia text "used" science to promote their agenda- it totally killed my son's love of science!) Dh will be teaching our ds science for the rest of the year, and he is very excited about this text!
Posted 24 November 2010 - 01:20 PM
Posted 24 November 2010 - 02:11 PM
Posted 24 November 2010 - 02:19 PM
I really like the CPO Science series for middle school. You can get the books used inexpensively, and you don't have to buy the expensive materials to do the labs (that question always comes up) - you can easily substitute. They have Earth, Life and Physical texts for middle school. There's also lots of free supplementary materials on their website.
This is what we're going to be using. My dd and I both felt they were a better choice for us than the Science Explorer texts.
Posted 24 November 2010 - 02:51 PM
I use BJU for 7th, so I can't really make a recommendation for secular 7th grade science.
Posted 24 November 2010 - 02:52 PM
Thanks for the ideas. It seems like these are mostly textbook programs, which is fine, but do any have support beyond a Teacher's Guide? I mean, for instance, interactive cd-roms, instructional dvds, virtual labs, etc .
It sounds like the PH Explorers have virtual labs?
The CPO has some short videos on the website (mostly on short topics and setting up experiments), and lots of supplemental worksheets, but no chapter-long, comprehensive instructional dvds. I haven't missed those - I found it much more fun to assign science dvds related to the topic from Nova or Discovery Channel or other documentaries and such. I also assign living books related to the topic where I can find them. I use the texts like a spine to introduce things in an orderly fashion and tie everything together.
Posted 24 November 2010 - 02:56 PM
It's put together by the American Chemical Society. There's a separate thread going on this program at the moment.
And here's my usual plug for GEMS, at [url]www.lawrencehallofscience.org/GEMS[/url]
The teachers' guides can be combined to form a coherent program; on the website you can look at the materials organized by grade level or by discipline. Dd did most of her science from this hands-on program through 7th grade, and the only reasons we stopped were that we'd done all the guides she was interested in by then, and she shifted to learning physics from a textbook. I've raved about this on so many threads that I will just quickly summarize: hands-on activities, data collection, observation, building and running models; long lists of fiction and non-fiction books to accompany activities; detailed lesson plans; incredibly engaging for kids; only downside is material-collecting (but it's well worth the time it takes).
Edited by KarenAnne, 24 November 2010 - 03:01 PM.