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  1. I've been asked in this thread http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/489738-living-books-approach-to-9th-grade-biology/ to write a living books approach to physics. Although I am a qualified teacher in all sciences, my speciality is biology, so I am sure that others (obviously Regentrude) will have suggestions to improve this plan. I hope that it is helpful to all the poets out there (read humanity types) who want to be educated in physics, but don't have an interest in using a mathematical or textbook-based approach. I have found this week-long project to be fascinating! See post 25 for an explanation of *why* I designed this course in this manner. Physics for Poets: a living books approach to physics This will be a conceptual class using 'living books.' It is not a history of science or a study of the biographies of scientists. It is about understanding physics concepts. This class is at a high school level, so although no textbook will be used, the resources chosen are targeted at a reasonably high level. This class could be taught with or without a lab component. GOALS: 1) To understand why objects behave as they do 2) To understand how technology works 3) To study modern physics 4) To understand physics issues in the news OBJECTIVES: 1) To gain a general understanding of basic physics: mechanics, optics, electromagnetism, modern physics 2) To apply this understanding to everyday objects and observations 3) To research current physics topics and understand the importance of large physics projects like CERN 4) To explain both orally and in writing, the physics behind everyday objects and issues in the news 5) To do practical scientific investigations in physics in order to gain an understanding of the scientific method. I don't have time to plan out the labs, but expect them to take about 4-5 hours each (including write-up), so more like investigations than quicky labs. This adds to 20-25 hours lab work, a bit light but still respectable. I have copied an example investigation at the bottom. WORK LOAD I am assuming 6-8 hours per week which includes reading. Reading classes, like English, require more reading hours, so student might find that 8 hours per week is required. Read 5 books (averaging about 45 pages per week) Watch 1 lecture per week Write 5 small papers Make 3 presentations Research and write about 1 larger issue If the work load is too heavy, drop Physics of the Impossible, and reduce to 30 pages per week on average. Your student should read more on reading-only weeks, so that there is more time for the presentations/writing/investigation weeks. RESOURCES Video Lecture Physics in your life - The Great Courses Unit 1. The Physics of Everyday Objects (Mechanics/motion, optics/waves, electromagnetism, digital/machines): 15 weeks. (40 pages/week) 1)The New Way Things Work. Macaulay (400 pages) 2) For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics. Lewin. (pages 1-188 only) Unit 2. Modern physics: 17 weeks. (40 pages/week for 15 weeks, then 60 pages/week for last 6 week of the easy read) 3) How to teach physics to your dog. Orzel(250 pages) 4) Physics of the impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel (350 pages) 5) Lightweight book: choose one from these three 5a) Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman. Feynman. Biography (350 pages) (see Regentrude's post #15 below about possible inappropriate content) 5b) Both The Wizard of Quarks and Alice in Quantumland (380 pages together) 5c) The Physics of Superheros (380 pages) For students with a more mathematical bend, replace selections 2, 3, or 4 with one of these selections, and remove the lightweight book to make more time for the harder selection. 6) The physics of football (300 pages) 7) A Brief History of Time. Hawking. The physics of astronomy. (340 pages) 8) Thirty Years that Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory. Gamow. Requires some algebra but not more advanced math. (240 pages) For students with less time or less-skilled students, remove either For the Love of Physics or Physics of the Impossible (depending on interest), thus dropping out all reading for the last 6 weeks so the student can focus on his/her research paper. Unit 3: Research paper on Socio-Scientifc issue Student selected resources. Useful websites listed below. SCHEDULE: 6-8 hours per week. 36 weeks. Unit 1. The physics of everyday objects (weeks 1-15) Watch: Lectures 1-15 Read: How Things Work and For the Love of Physics. 40 pages per week Present: Three 20-minute presentation on the most interesting objects you have studied Write: Three 2-page papers explaining in your own words the physics behind everyday objects (see at the bottom of this post for ideas) Investigate: Three topics Weeks: 1-2 Read, prepare presentation on mechanics 3-4 Read, write 2-page paper on mechanics 5 Read, investigation #1 6-7 Read, prepare presentation on waves/optics 8-9 Read, write 2-page paper on waves/optics 10 Read, investigation #2 11-12 Read, prepare presentation on electromagnetism 13-14 Read, write 2-page paper on electromagnetism 15 Read, investigation #3 Unit 2: Modern physics (weeks 16-32) Watch: Lectures 16-32 Read: How to teach physics to your dog; and Physics of the Impossible; and begin one of the lightweight books Research: Two topics in modern physics Write: Two 4-page papers on modern physics (see bottom of this post for ideas). Investigate: 2 topics Weeks: 19-21 Read book 22 Read, Research topic on modern physics 23 Read, Write 4-page paper 24 Read, Investigation #4 25-27 Read book 28 Read, Research topic on modern physics 29 Read, Write 4-page paper 30 Read, Investigation #5 Unit 3: Research paper on Socio-Scientifc issue (weeks 33-36) Choose one topic that is particularly interesting to you and do an in-depth study. Write a 10-page research paper both describing the issue, persuading the reader to either support or decline funding to the area of research (see bottom of this post for ideas). Watch: Lectures 33-36 Read: Finish lightweight book Research: One large topic Write: One 10-page paper Weeks: 33-34 Research 35-36 Plan and write 10-page paper Useful websites Physics in the news http://www.physics.org/news.asp http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/matter_energy/physics/ http://phys.org/physics-news/ http://www.physnews.com/ Investigations http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/wop/homeexpphys.html http://seniorphysics.com/physics/eei.html http://www.sciencefairadventure.com/Physics.aspx http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-physics http://www.courseworkbank.info/Dndex.php?d=R0NTRS9QaHlzaWNz&catagory= PhET simulations Physics Fun and Beyond ASSESSMENT 3 Presentations 5 Papers 1 Large research paper 5 Investigations IDEAS FOR WRITING ASSIGNMENTS After writing up the above plan, I went looking for resources to augment the books. I found to my utter amazement, that the NZ 12th grade physics curriculum includes the exact same writing assignments :blink: (yes, apparently great minds think alike :thumbup:). So I have included here the description of the writing assignments to give some clarity to what I was talking about: UNIT 1: Demonstrate understanding of the application of physics to a selected context Option 1. Semiconducting Today’s society is very reliant on the use of electronic devices. These devices make use of semiconductors, therefore understanding how semiconductors (and the electronic components they are made of) are used in modern technology is increasingly important. Apply your understanding of physics to a real life context. You need to apply your knowledge of circuits and semiconductor physics to the function of a semiconductor component used in an electronic device. Possible electronic devices: light emitting diode (LED) photodiode bipolar junction transistor (MOSFET, CMOS, JFET) light dependent resistor (LDR) thermistor. Research your chosen electronic device. Using your knowledge of circuits and semiconductor physics, explain the function of a semiconductor component used in the electronic device. You are encouraged to use diagrams and pictures to support your explanations. You need to clearly link key physics ideas together to provide a coherent picture of the physics relevant to the semiconductor component. Option 2. Other ideas General – bridge building, musical instruments, sound recording, stellar evolution, radio astronomy, and particle accelerators Specific – GPS and the Large Hadron Collider. Investigate how physics applies to your chosen context. You need to clearly link key physics ideas together to provide a coherent picture of the physics relevant to your selected context. You may choose: producing a written report, preparing an oral presentation (with handouts), preparing a multi-media presentation, or constructing a poster. UNIT 2: Demonstrate understanding of Modern Physics Option 1. Nuclear fusion by 2030 Write a report for your local council about the physics of producing power using nuclear fusion. Research the subject. Write your report. In it, explain clearly the physics concepts and principles at work in a nuclear fusion power generator. Explain also how these concepts and principles work in conjunction with each other to create energy. Based on the physics, discuss the potential of nuclear power as a future energy source for your locality. Conclude your report with a recommendation(s) to the local council. They should be well supported by your earlier explanations of the relevant physics. Option 2. High-powered solar cells Write a report for your local electricity lines business (ELB) about the physics of solar cells. Research the subject. Write your report. In it, explain clearly the physics concepts and principles at work in a high-powered solar cell. Explain also how these concepts and principles work in conjunction with each other to create energy. Based on the physics, discuss the potential of high-powered solar cells as a future renewable energy source for your locality. Conclude your report with a recommendation(s) to the ELB. They should be well supported by your earlier explanations of the relevant physics. UNIT 3: Use physics knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue Option 1. Should your locality remain ‘nuclear power’ free? Conduct research on electrical energy generation using nuclear power. Develop an informed personal response to the issue of your locality remaining nuclear power free based on the physics knowledge. The format of your response is an opinion article for the editorial pages of a newspaper. To prepare for this article you will research and explain the key physics ideas relating to electrical energy generation using nuclear power, identifying the potential benefits and risks to your locality. The benefits and risks may be related to economic, ethical, biological, or environmental factors. Keep a research log book (or folder/electronic record). All your research notes, outlines, drafts, and so on must be kept in this log book. You need to date your work and reference your sources as you take notes. Hand in your log book with your final article. In your article: provide key physics knowledge that includes:key physics concepts and processes that relate to electrical energy generation through the use of nuclear power physics and social implications – the benefits and risks (for example, economic, ethical, biological or environmental) of nuclear power use the key physics knowledge you have gathered to state your personal position and recommended action(s) about your locality remaining nuclear power free justify your position and action(s) by providing supporting evidence to explain why you chose your position and action(s) analyse and prioritise the physics knowledge used to justify your position and recommended action(s). This may include: comparing the significance of implications of the issue on individuals and society considering the likely effectiveness of identified action(s) commenting on sources and information, considering ideas such as validity (date, peer reviewed, scientific acceptance), bias (attitudes, values, beliefs), weighing up how science ideas are used by different groups. Option 2. Renewable energy technology in new buildings – should it be compulsory? In January 2011, scientists published peer-reviewed findings that suggested global energy demands could be reduced by 73% using energy efficient technologies in buildings, industries and transport. Your local council is investigating the feasibility of requiring renewable energy technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines to be compulsory for new buildings. You are the consultant hired to prepare a presentation on this socio-scientific issue for their consideration. Use your physics knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue related to renewable energy technology. You are required to develop a presentation that: gives an informed personal response to the issue of whether renewable energy technology in new buildings should be compulsory includes recommendations of actions that could be taken as a result of your informed position. Research the physics of renewable energy technologies for buildings. This may include photo-voltaic solar panels and wind turbines, identifying the short and long-term benefits and drawbacks to individuals and society. The benefits and drawbacks may be related to an economic, ethical or environmental issue. Develop an informed personal response to your chosen issue of whether renewable energy technology in new buildings should be compulsory, based on physics knowledge. Develop suggestions for actions that could be taken. You will be assessed on the overall comprehensiveness of your presentation, whether it explains the relevant physics ideas, and your analysis and discussion of the issue(s). Keep a research logbook to record your notes, references, article outlines or plans, drafts of paragraphs, comments on the validity, bias or purpose of resources, and so on. This information will help you to prepare and refine your presentation. Topics you need to cover in your presentation provide physics knowledge that includes:physics concepts and processes that relate to the renewable energy technology for buildings. This may include ideas such as energy storage/links to the national grid, conversion between AC and DC, voltage and frequency considerations etc. a comparison of the renewable technologies in buildings with the technologies currently used to provide electricity physics related to social implications – this may include possible short and long-term benefits and drawbacks to individuals, society and the environment use the physics knowledge you have gathered to state your personal position and recommend action(s) about compulsory renewable energy technology in new buildings justify your position and action(s) by providing supporting evidence to explain why you chose your position and action(s) analyse and prioritise the physics knowledge used to justify your position and recommended action(s). This may include: comparing the significance of implications of the issue on individuals and society considering the likely effectiveness of the identified action(s) commenting on sources and information, considering ideas such as validity (date, peer reviewed, scientific acceptance) and bias (attitudes, values, beliefs), and weighing up how science ideas are used by different groups. EXAMPLE OF AN INVESTIGATION Baby bouncers behave differently for different sized babies. This assessment activity involves modelling a ‘baby bouncer’ using a spring-mass system in order to test a physics theory involving two variables in a non-linear relationship. You will take suitable measurements, use techniques to maximise accuracy, process and graph the collected data, determine the equation of the non-linear relationship and critically compare this with the theoretical relationship between the variables. Plan and prepare the investigation The aim of the investigation is to find out how the period of oscillation, T, is affected by the mass, m, which is suspended on the spring. Construct a spring-mass system to model a baby bouncer. Gather data When gathering your data: gather a reasonable range of data points plot the data points and conduct graphical analysis decide what kind of relationship exists between the variables. Account for accuracy and uncertainty in your measurements at all steps during the investigation. Analyse data To analyse your data: Process your data, including uncertainties Transform your processed data in a way that allows you to plot a suitable linear graph that shows uncertainties Determine a mathematical relationship based on your linear graphs that links the period of oscillation, T, and the mass, m. Write the report Write your report using the data that you have gathered and analysed. In your report include: a summary of the investigative process a detailed presentation of your results and analysis, including graphical analysis that includes uncertainties a conclusion that states the equation of the relationship between the variables and compares this to the physics theory identification of how other uncontrollable variables may have affected the results consideration of the limitations of the theory’s applicability in the practical situation and/or at the extreme values of the independent variable a discussion of any unexpected outcomes of the processing of the results and how these have been caused and their impact on the validity of the experiment.
  2. I'd love to get suggestions of your very favorite books of Natural History. Define that any way you like. I'm looking for a variety of topics, whole books rather than field guides, as I have a slew of those and they will be regionally specific anyway. I'd especially like to find things that are really well written, enjoyable to read. Writing like Rachel Carson, KWIM? There was a thread on this board in the last couple of weeks where someone posted a list of their favorite authors. I grabbed a few books from the library, and they were awesome! Can't find the thread now, though, so if you know what I'm talking about and find it, would you link it here please? I will come back later today and post my favorites, too, but have to go out for awhile and wanted to get the ball rolling. TIA!
  3. Can anyone give me any good suggestions for living books to teach history for the K-3 age group?
  4. I'm covering SOTW3 Ch. 24 Sailing South for Monday- Wednesday with my 9 year old. Thursday and Friday I'll be out state with my 17 year old. My 9 year old will be home with dad and I want to give her some interesting books to read on her own. I already plan on Stowaway by Hesse. Do you have any other children's literature recommendations about the discovery and early colonization of Australia and New Zealand by Europeans? She is a very strong independent reader so anything written for children up to about 12 is what I'm looking for. Also, I have heard people from New Zealand referred to as "kiwis." What do the people of New Zealand think of that? Also posting in General Education forum.
  5. I'm covering SOTW3 Ch. 24 Sailing South for Monday- Wednesday with my 9 year old. Thursday and Friday I'll be out state with my 17 year old. My 9 year old will be home with dad and I want to give her some interesting books to read on her own. I already plan on Stowaway by Hesse. Do you have any other children's literature recommendations about the discovery and early colonization of Australia and New Zealand by Europeans? She is a very strong independent reader so anything written for children up to about 12 is what I'm looking for. Also, I have heard people from New Zealand referred to as "kiwis." What do the people of New Zealand think of that? Also posting in K-8 Forum.
  6. What are some living books you have used for earth and space science? Also, what science encyclopedia would you recommend for this age group? I am not interested in a boxed curriculum such Elemental Science, NOEO, etc. I want to put together my own but need some ideas and recommendations for living books and an encyclopedia to use as a spine. Edit to add...we are very conservative Christians. We will teach that some people believe in evolution but we teach young earth creationism. Thanks in advance.
  7. We've been using a CM approach ever since we started, and I want to continue doing it this way. Next school year we're tackling Story of the World Volume 4 - already? - and its accompanying modern history living books. I own Books Children Love and have checked out a few other lists online, but I don't see a book listed on Martin Luther King, Jr. (This baffles me.) Can someone recommend a biography that's engaging and right for this level? Ds will be 10 and in fifth grade, and he reads well. Pictures are fine, dry is definitely not ;) TIA for any help you can give me.
  8. Ok, so, I've been researching all the wonderful science ideas for 4th-6th grade. So many wonderful ideas and wonderful book lists! I've printed the lists and have started a spreadsheet for the ones I like on the rest. So, here's the thing, I am of two minds for science this year - either will be set up in a spreadsheet format/check-off list and he will do fairly independently, with discussion and help from me. Either way, I will add Christian content with secular. He likes both options, so he's of no help. (I tend to be eclectic CM/WTM/whatever else I am): 1. topical unit studies with kits/activities, living books, science informational books using things like Hands On Science Series (thinking that could be a "spine" resource per unit) List of books/encyclopedias on the subject Some creation-based science resources I already own Activity kits from lakeshore, Home Science Adventures, young scientist club, magic school bus kits notebook pages from sites like edhelper, and/or http://www.education.com OR 2. Gods Design for Chemistry and Ecology as a spine and use topically add in books/encyclopedia from great lists I've printed and tagged Maybe a few extra activity kits for interest (see above) Notebooking pages from above listed sites. Other considerations: I have 4 more students ranging from pre-k to 7th grade. 7th graders are doing rainbow science next year. Pre-k kid and 2nd grader will do various units together (2nd grader is a little delayed, and pker is a little advanced, they work well together) and will need me for the majority of their school time. Once I've done these lesson plans, I won't have to do them again for the younger 2, thankfully. So, that's a good thing. Many of the activity resources are reusable too. So, I would LOVE feedback from any of you who have used any of these or done anything similar. Likes/dislikes, things to watch out for, things to consider, etc. Thanks! heather
  9. Ok, I'm drawing a blank here. I can think of fiction books to teach philosophy, fiction for math, but what about living books, narratives, fiction, whatever for *logic*? Any suggestions? I was just realizing that would be our best way to get it in. She's really not a "sit down and memorize these 3 definitions" kind of person...
  10. I have looked at so many already! The ones I am most drawn to are the Living Books Curriculum, Heart of Dakota and people have recommended Sonlight to me. I don't like the day-to-day scripting. I would be teaching my 7,5, and essentially 3 year old together and want to be able to sit down at the beginning of each week and plan what we are going to do. I do like something that sets me up by week, however, gives me the tools but allows me to decide when we're going to do it in the week. The trouble is finding something that will fit the needs of all my kids. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks
  11. Could someone explain makes a book a living book? Thanks!
  12. My 8 year old just started reading this. We are only a page and a half into the book, but it has already sparked so much discussion! Does anyone know of any resources or activities besides getting a hermit crab to go along with this book?
  13. My son is a strong reader and has enjoyed going beyond the textbook in biology and chemistry with living books. However, I want something like The Mystery of the Periodic Table for physics. I'm not looking for theoretical physics or astrophysics, just the basics. Nor do I want stand alone "science" books on the topics. I'd like something narrative. Here are our topics: motion, forces and energy thermal energy and heat waves sound light electricity magnetism Thanks!
  14. HELP! Please! Ds thrives with living books and wants some Marine Bio for next year. Suggestions needed and everso appreciated.
  15. My son will be in kindergarten and wants to be a "spaceman" when he grows up. We are doing astronomy for science this coming year and I am adding some living books about different astronomers. I would love to add some living books about astronauts. Can anyone make any suggestions appropriate for early elementary read alouds?
  16. My dd is studying world history for her senior year in order to fill some gaps in her history education and to provide context for her Great Books work. This is our routine so far: 1. Read on the topic in one of two textbooks: The Earth and Its People or The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures and take notes 2. Map the region studied (she is weak in geography and we have talked about doing current country overlays) 3. Place entries on the timeline ( I made it as non-time-consuming as possible) 4. Primary source work with DBQs 5. TC lectures from Foundations of Western Civilizations 6. Additional activities involving art, world religions, and movies This week, I skipped the textbook reading since the TC lecture was very solid. Dd then read The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and The Tales of Ancient Egypt to fill in the more colorful aspects.I know these books are not high school level, but I still try to incorporate some enjoyable work. My question is, "What else is out there along the same line?" I am reading Thomas Cahill's The Gift of the Jews and am not yet feeling the love for it. I have Edith Hamilton's The Greek Way and Olivia Coolidge's Roman People for later. When some of you talk about not using text books, but living books for high school history, do you mean that you are replacing the textbook with something like SWB's books on Ancient and Medieval History or reading things like Guns, Germs, and Steel and The Prince. I know many just follow the Great Books route, but I don't have a four years, only one. Or do I forget the extra biographies or scientific discovery books and just go with the text and our literature studies?
  17. I'm looking for suggestions or links to previous posts for additional books to go with a spine for chemistry and physics for middle school and high school level please. :)
  18. Does anyone have any "living books" suggestions that I can add to my daughter's chemistry course this fall? We are using Apologia. I have Exploring the World of Chemistry, but I can't come up with any others. I thought it would be nice to maybe do one each quarter. Any ideas?
  19. A while back I asked for suggestions. Here's everything I got, alphabetized. There is a mix of secular and christian materials. Enjoy the list. If you want descriptions of the books, I compiled that too, just email me and I'll email it right back. This list is secular and Christian in content. The titles are precluded with a number, those numbers coordinate with Modules from Apologia Biology where the topics of the books seem to fit. I haven’t read all the books, so this categorizing is based on Product reviews, etc. of content that I read via Amazon.com. A zero (0) indicates General Studies, i.e. a book that would simply fit anywhere in the study of Biology. 1 Amateur Naturalist, The By Gerald Durrell 0 Answers Books for Kids Volumes 1-4 by Ham 12 Ants, The By Holldobler & Wilson 16 Arnie The Darling Starling By Margarete Sigl Corbo 10 Art Of Seeing Things, The By Burrough 16Backyard Naturalist, The By Craig Tufts (National Wildlife Federation) 16Beak Of The Finch By Weiner 1 Best American Science And Nature Writing 2007, The Edited By Richard Preston 1, 10 Best Of Beston, The By Beston 0 Bible Has the Answer, The by Morris, Clark 0 Biblical Basis for Modern Science by Morris 12 Bumblebee Economics By Thoreau Or Heinrich? 9? Chaos 13 Complete Aquarium Adventure by Clifton 16 Complete Zoo Adventure by Parker 1 Curious Naturalist, The By Montgomery 1 Curious Naturalists. By Tinbergen 9 Darwin On Trial By Johnson 9 Darwin’s Black Box By Behe 7 Demand the Evidence Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome by Sanford 10, 13, 16 Desert Solitaire By Abbey 7 Double Helix, The By Watson Edge Of The Sea By Carson 0 Education Of Little Tree, The (also great for history of Native Americans/Appalachians) 9 Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No by Gish 15Experiment In Plant-Hybrdization Mendel 3 Explore The World Using Protozoa 0, 9 Exploring the Evidence for Creation by Morris III 12 Fabre’s Book Of Insects By Fabre 2 Field Guide To Bacteria, A By Betsey Dyer 1 Field Guide To Your Own Backyard, A By John Hanson Mitchell 1 Five Kingdoms: An Illustrated Guide To The Phyla Of Life On Earth By Margulis 9 Fossil Book, The by Parker 9 Fossil Record by Morris and Sherwood 9 Frozen Record, The by Oard 1 Genesis Record, The by Morris 9 Geology Book, The by Morris 16 Gorillas In The Mist By Fossey 2 Great Influenza, The 14, 15 Great River: Rio Grande in N. American History, By Paul Horgan 14, 15 How To Stay Alive In The Woods By Bradford Angier 12 In A Patch Of Fireweed By Bernd Heinrich 14, 15 Indian Uses Of Native Plants By Edith Van Allen Murphey 12 Journey To The Ants 1 Keeping A Nature Journal By Clare Walker Leslie 16 King Solomon’s Ring By Konrad Lorenz 0 Lady Tasting Tea, The Leaf And Tendril, By Burrough 9 Lie: Evolution, The by Ham 16 Life Of Birds, The By Attenborough (Look For Videos, Too) 12 Life Of The Fly, The By Attenborough 12 Life Of The Spider, The By Attenborough 6 Lives Of A Cell, The By Lewis Thomas 16 Lives Of Birds, The By Lester Short 14, 15 Lost Woods, The By Teale 0, 16 Louis Agassiz: A Life In Science By Lurie (non-evolutionist biography) 0 Lyrical Life Science By Doug Eldon(Volume 1 Cellular Life6, Classifications1, Birds16, Amphibians13, Reptiles16, Etc.Volume 2 Mammals16, Ecology10 And Biomes Really Helps Memorization) 14, 15Maine Woods, The By Thoreau (See Year In The Maine Woods For Comparison) 0, 1 Measure Of All Things, The 2 Microbe Hunters By Dekruif 16 Mind Of The Raven By Heinrich 5, 6, 9 Modern Creation Trilogy by Morris 0 Mountains Of California, The By Muir 12-16 My Family And Other Animals By Durrell 16 My Life With The Chimpanzees By Goodall 5 Napoleon’s Buttons 0, 8, 9 Nature Of Life, The (Great Books Foundation) (biography complimentary) 0 New Defender’s Study Bible, The by Morris 16 Never Cry Wolf By Mowat 0, 9 Noah’s Ark and the Ararat Adventure by Morris 16 North American Tree Squirrels By Michael A. Steele And John L. Koprowski- 10, 13 Ocean Book, The by Sherwin 9 Of Molecules And Men By Krick 16 Of Wolves And Men 0, 1 On Growth And Form 9 Origin Of Species, The By Darwin 0 Passionate Observer By Fabre 0 Persuaded by the Evidence by Sharp, Bergman 9 Pilgrim On The Great Bird Continent By Haupt 0, 5-9 Quark And The Jaguar, The (evolution) 0, 1, 9 Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth by Various Authors 0, 1, 9 Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth Vol. 2 by Vardiman, Snelling, Chaffin 16 Rare Encounters With Ordinary Birds By Haupt 16 Ravens In Winter By Bernd Heinrich 16 Red-Tails In Love: A Wildlife Drama In Central Part By Winn 0 Remarkable Journey of Noah, The by Morris 0 Remarkable Record of Job by Morris 0 Revelation Record, The by Morris 0 Sand County Almanac, A By Leopold 0, 1 Science and the Bible by Morris 1 Scientific American The Amateur Biologist By Sci Am 0, 13 Sea Around Us, The By Carson 10 Silent Spring Carson 0, 1, 9 Slaughter of the Dissidents by Bergman 0 Soul Made Flesh' By Carl Zimmer 11 Tales From The Underground: A Natural History Of Subterranean Life By Wolf 0, 1, 9 That Their Words May be Used Against Them by Morris 7, 9 Time, Love, Memory By Weiner 16Timothy: Or Notes Of An Abject Reptile By Klinkenborg 0 Tom Brown Field Guides (-Wilderness Survival-Nature And Children; City & Suburban Survival) 13, 16 Under The Sea-Wind By Carson 9 Voyage Of The Beagle, The By Darwin 0, 1 Way Life Works, The By Mahlon Hoagland 10 Weather Book, The by Oard 16 Wild Amercia: The Record of A 30,000 Mile Journey Around The Cointinent By A Distinguished Naturalist And His British Colleague By Peterson 16 Wild New York By Mittelbach And Crewdson 14 15Year In The Maine Woods By Heinrich 0, 1 Young Earth, The by Morris 0 Your Guide to the Grand Canyon by Various Authors
  20. Is there a great website or book out there with lists of living non-fiction books? I've collected a great many books about books for history and fiction (ATTA, SOTW AG, Honey for a Child's Heart, Read-Aloud Handbook, 1000 Good Books, Books That Build Character, not to mention homeschooling catalogs, etc.), but I've yet to discover a truly excellent source which lists fantastic non-fiction living books for a variety of subjects besides history. I know of the Living Math website, which is excellent. But does anything like this exist for other subjects, or several subjects? Is "Books Children Love" a good resource?
  21. I have to say when I first read about books with book lists in them, I thought: Oh, I can get those books off the Internet. However, I did buy Honey for a Child's Heart and Books Children Love. Boy am I happy I got those books! I really like this combination. It saves me lots of time and I can curl up with either of these books and have a blast reading the descriptions and seeing what would match my ds. Besides, my Internet connection was slow or nonexistent last night. Afterwards I make a list and request away at the online library page. We love the selections and I enjoy just reading through these books as well. The Well Trained Mind (I own the new one) is also useful with its lists. I expect to use these much more as ds gets older and I'm also requiring some Great Books. I also wanted to share the websites I use to mine living books so it can help someone :) This is the website I use for living book selections in History, Science and even Math: http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/LITmenu.htm This one is searchable by subject and age: http://apps.simplycharlottemason.com/ This one for literature, science and history selections: http://www.tanglewoodeducation.com/ Here's another good one, by subject: http://www.pennygardner.com/subjects.html This is is exclusively for Math: http://www.livingmath.net/ReaderLists/tabid/268/language/en-US/Default.aspx I also mine goodies from Curricula such as: Living Books Curriculum Ambleside Online WinterPromise Of course I keep my ear out for great books mentioned here, on the Well Trained Mind! :bigear: Just wanted to gush :D
  22. I'm specifically looking for "physical sciences" books (ie chem and physics), but would love to hear about really good science-related books in any field for late elementary and middle school.
  23. I love them both. :lol: God's Design is exactly what I wanted: structure, review, biographies and projects without all the bells and whistles that others like Christian Kids Explore add in such as memory cards. All I can comment on is the World of Plants, it's just the right level for elementary, not too deep like I feel Apologia is but not too light either. Of course, Shanleya's Quest is a living book treasure...I'm so happy I decided to take a chance and get it. I'm sure it will be a favorite in our home.
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