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HBC has Science Fusion on sale in August. I'd like to buy grades 2 and 4, but am having a tough time finding a solid review. Anyone using it? I welcome any comments, pros/cons. Thanks.

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We're going to use grade 4 this year, but we don't start until August 22nd. I have done most of the lesson planning, though, so I'm pretty familiar with it. So far, it looks good. There is a LOT of content. The book is huge, and there is a lot of online content also. There are also a lot of experiments. Honestly, the lesson planning was harder than I thought it would be... there is so much to wade through. I planned 175 lessons and still had to leave things out...I only selected the experiments that looked the most fun.

 

This isn't polished, but here is our rough-draft plan:

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1. Unit 1, Lesson 1 (Watch Digital Lesson and Complete Book pages 1-13)

2. Unit 1, Lesson 1 Review (Book pages 14-16)

3. Unit 1, Lesson 1 Quiz

4. Unit 1, Lesson 2 (Watch Digital Lesson and Complete Book pages 17-23)

5. Pendulum swing

6. Unit 1, Lesson 2 Review (pages 24-26)

7. Pantry Investigation

8. Unit 1, Lesson 2 Quiz

9. Unit 1, Lesson 3 (Watch Digital Lesson and Complete Book pages 27-37)

10. Unit 1, Lesson 3 Review (pages 38-40)

11. Unit 1, Lesson 3 Quiz

12. Unit 1, Lesson 4 Virtual Lab (complete on computer and record results on lab sheets)

13. Unit 1, Lesson 4 Quiz and Read book p. 43-44

14. Unit 1, Lesson 5 (Watch digital Lesson and complete pages 45-51)

15. Unit 1, Lesson 5 Review (pages 52-54)

16. Unit 1 less 5 quiz

17. Unit 1 , Lesson 6 Virtual Lab (complete on computer and record results on lab sheets) and lesson 6 quiz

18. Unit 2, Lesson 1 Watch lesson, then complete p. 61-71

19. Unit 2, Lesson 1 Review p. 72-76

20. Unit 2, Lesson 1 Quiz

21. Unit 2, Lesson 2—Watch Virtual Lab and record results

22. Unit 2 Lesson 2 Egg Experiment, book p. 77-78

23. Unit 2, Lesson 2 Quiz

24. Unit 2, Lesson 3 (Watch Lesson and complete p. 79-89)

25. Unit 2, Lesson 3 Review p. 90-92

26. Unit 2, Lesson 3 Quiz

27. Unit 2, Lesson 4 Virtual Lab and record results

28. Read and Complete p. 95-96 and Unit 2, Lesson 4 quiz

29. Video-Based Project-- airplanes

30. Unit 3, Lesson 1 (Watch lesson, then complete p. 101-111)

31. Celery project

32. Unit 3, Lesson 1 Review p. 112-114

33. Unit 3, Lesson 1 Quiz

34. STEM p. 115-116

35. Unit 3, Lesson 2—watch online, complete p. 117-127

36. Unit 3, Lesson 2 Review p. 128-132

37. Unit 3, Lesson 2 Quiz

38. Unit 3, Lesson 3 Virtual lab

39. Unit 3, Lesson 3 Quiz

40. Unit 3, Lesson 4 (watch lesson and complete p. 135-145)

41. Unit 3, Lesson 4 Review p. 146-148

42. Unit 3 Lesson 4 Quiz

43. Careers p. 149-150

44. Unit 3, Lesson 5- watch online, complete p. 151-161

45. Cold as ice Experiment

46. Review p. 162-164

47. Unit 3, Lesson 5 quiz

48. Bird beaks experiment

49. Unit 3, Lesson 6 virtual lab and results

50. Lesson 6 quiz

51. Video project—alligators up close

52. Unit 4, Lesson 1—watch, complete p.171-183

53. Unit 4, lesson 1 review p. 184-186

54. Review p. 187-188 and lesson 1 quiz

55. Unit 4, Lesson 2 watch, complete p. 189-199

56. Unit 4 lesson 2 review p. 200-204

57. Unit 4 lesson 2 quiz

58. Unit 4 lesson 3 virtual lab—record results

59. Unit 4 lesson 3 quiz

60. Unit 4 lesson 4—watch, complete p. 207-217

61. Unit 4 lesson 4 review p. 218-220

62. Unit 4 lesson 4 quiz

63. Unit 4, lesson 5—watch, read p. 221-22

64. Acid rain experiment set-up

65. Unit 4 lesson 5 review p. 230-232

66. Unit 4 lesson 5 quiz

67. Unit 4 lesson 6 virtual lab

68. Unit 4 lesson 6 quiz

69. Read p. 235-238

70. Rainforest video project

71. Acid rain results write-up

72. Unit 5, lesson 1 watch, then do p. 243-253

73. Lesson 1 review p. 254-256

74. Lesson 1 review p. 257-258

75. Lesson 1 quiz

 

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76. Lesson 2—watch, read p. 259-269

77. Lesson 2 review p. 270-272

78. Lesson 2 quiz

79. Lesson 3—watch, p. 273-281

80. Lesson 3 review—p. 282-284

81. Lesson 3 quiz

82. Stem p. 285-286

83. Lesson 4 virtual lab and results

84. Lesson 4 quiz

85. People p. 289-290

86. Unit 6, lesson 1—watch, p. 307

87. Unit 6, lesson 1 review p. 308-309

88. Review, p. 310-312

89. Unit 6 lesson 1 quiz

90. People, p. 313-4

91. Lesson 2- watch, p. 315-320

92. Review p. 322-324

93. Lesson 2 quiz

94. Lesson 3 virtual lab

95. Lesson 3 quiz

96. Lesson 4—watch, then pages 327-337

97. Review, p. 338-340

98. Lesson 4 quiz

99. Stem p. 341-342

100. Lesson 5 virtual lab

101. Lesson 5 quiz

102. Unit 7, lesson 1—watch, then p. 361

103. Lesson 1 review, p. 362-364

104. Lesson 1 review, p. 365-366

105. Measuring liquids experiment

106. Lesson 1 quiz

107. Lesson 2 virtual lab

108. Lesson 2 quiz

109. Careers p. 369-370

110. Lesson 3 virtual lab

111. Lesson 3 quiz

112. Lesson 4- watch, p. 373-379

113. Lesson 4 review, p. 380-382

114. Lesson 4 quiz

115. Stem p. 383-384

116. Unit 8, lesson 1—watch, p. 389-99

117. Lesson 1 review, p. 400-402

118. Lesson 1 quiz

119. Lesson 2 virtual lab

120. Solutions experiment, p. 403

121. Lesson 2 quiz

122. Lesson 3—watch, p. 405-413

123. Lesson 3 review, p. 414-416

124. Kitchen chemistry experiment

125. Lesson 3 quiz

126. Stem p. 417-418

127. Lesson 4 virtual lab

128. Lesson 4 quiz

129. People p. 421-2

130. Unit 9, Lesson 1—watch, p. 427-439

131. Lesson 1 review p. 440-442

132. Review p. 443-444

133. Lesson 1 quiz

134. Lesson 2 virtual lab

135. Lesson 2 quiz

136. Lesson 3, watch, p. 447-453

137. Lesson 3 review p. 454-458

138. Lesson 3 quiz

139. Lesson 4 virtual lab

140. Lesson 4 quiz

141. Careers p. 461-2

142. Lesson 5 – watch, p. 463-469

143. Lesson 5 review, p. 470-472

144. Lesson 5 quiz

145. Conductors experiment

146. Lesson 6 virtual lab

147. Lesson 6 quiz

148. Stem p. 475-6

149. Unit 10, lesson 1—watch, then p. 491

150. Lesson 1 review p. 492-4

151. Cereal experiment

152. Lesson 1 review p. 495-6

153. Lesson 1 quiz

154. Lesson 2 virtual lab

155. Balloon experiment p. 497

156. Lesson 2 quiz

157. Electric experiment p. 499

158. Lesson 3 virtual lab

159. Lesson 3 quiz

160. Lesson 4- watch, p. 501-509

161. Lesson 4 review p. 510-514

162. Lesson 4 quiz

163. Careers, p. 516

164. Lesson 5- watch p. 517-525

165. Build an electromagnet experiment

166. Lesson 5 review, p. 527-528

167. Lesson 5 quiz

168. Stem p. 529-530

169. Unit 11, lesson 1 watch—p. 535-546

170. Unit 11 review p. 548-550

171. Unit 11 review p. 551-552

172. Unit 11, lesson 1 quiz

173. Lesson 2 virtual lab

174. Unit 11, lesson 2 quiz

175. Careers/stem p. 555-558

 

Let me know if you have any questions that I can answer. :)

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We're going to use grade 4 this year, but we don't start until August 22nd. I have done most of the lesson planning, though, so I'm pretty familiar with it. So far, it looks good. There is a LOT of content. The book is huge, and there is a lot of online content also. There are also a lot of experiments. Honestly, the lesson planning was harder than I thought it would be... there is so much to wade through. I planned 175 lessons and still had to leave things out...I only selected the experiments that looked the most fun.

 

This isn't polished, but here is our rough-draft plan:

(see next post)

 

 

I just started getting into ScienceFusion (3rd grade)that I purchased the last HSBC sale. I've got the teacher/student set up with logins; but I can't figure out how to assign a lesson. So say you want to assign the digital lesson 1; how did you go about doing it? I went through the lesson on the teacher edition and I am very pleased with how everything looks. The worktext is as much as a full textbook in PS. I was going to follow both the digital and parts of the text path. I just need to figure out how to get the assignments to show up. BTW, your schedule looks great!:001_smile:

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We've got grade 5 my 3rd and 6th grader will work through in a " do the next thing" way. We don't start school for a couple weeks so I don't know if I'll need to beef things up for 6th grader or cut back for 3rd grader.

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I just started getting into ScienceFusion (3rd grade)that I purchased the last HSBC sale. I've got the teacher/student set up with logins; but I can't figure out how to assign a lesson. So say you want to assign the digital lesson 1; how did you go about doing it? I went through the lesson on the teacher edition and I am very pleased with how everything looks. The worktext is as much as a full textbook in PS. I was going to follow both the digital and parts of the text path. I just need to figure out how to get the assignments to show up. BTW, your schedule looks great!:001_smile:

 

In the teacher edition, if you click on a unit and lesson that you want to assign, the Lesson Level Resources will show up on the right side of the screen. Click on Lesson Student Resources, and check the box under Assign for any resources you want to assign. Then click the "A" button and you will be taken to a page where you can name the assignment, select student(s), and select an availability and due date.

 

Thanks--I hope this helps!

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In the teacher edition, if you click on a unit and lesson that you want to assign, the Lesson Level Resources will show up on the right side of the screen. Click on Lesson Student Resources, and check the box under Assign for any resources you want to assign. Then click the "A" button and you will be taken to a page where you can name the assignment, select student(s), and select an availability and due date.

 

Thanks--I hope this helps!

 

 

I wasn't totally crazy! I called and there was some sort of glitch that they have to fix. They tried it on their side and it didn't work either. I was feeling pretty inept before I called them! Thank you though for getting back with me. Can't wait to start planning!

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Would this program work well for a visual learner who very much enjoys science? She would be using the middle school modules.

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In the teacher edition, if you click on a unit and lesson that you want to assign, the Lesson Level Resources will show up on the right side of the screen. Click on Lesson Student Resources, and check the box under Assign for any resources you want to assign. Then click the "A" button and you will be taken to a page where you can name the assignment, select student(s), and select an availability and due date.

 

Thanks--I hope this helps!

 

I should have read this before spending an hour on the phone with tech support (in India) today. He couldn't help me assign the lessons.

 

Now I see how to do it based on your instructions. And it works.

 

Thank you!

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Would this program work well for a visual learner who very much enjoys science? She would be using the middle school modules.

 

I will know more after we get going. The middle school modules are very meaty. The student text/workbooks are excellent.

 

Did you try the sample?

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I will know more after we get going. The middle school modules are very meaty. The student text/workbooks are excellent.

 

Did you try the sample?

Yes and it looks great. I am, however, concerned with a few posts I've read about how difficult it can be to implement. Please let me know how it goes for you.

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Yes and it looks great. I am, however, concerned with a few posts I've read about how difficult it can be to implement. Please let me know how it goes for you.

 

It's over 100 degrees here today so we're cooped up inside. Seemed like a good day to start with Module A: Cells & Heredity.

 

We watched the student interactive portion. We then read a few pages of the first chapter (along with the audio portion), stopping to fill in the blanks and discuss, make diagrams, etc. This will be our routine and it fits with her learning style. It's a nice blend of computer, audio/visual, workbook, discussion.

 

I'm not going to 'make assignments' on the website since we'll be doing the program together. We won't be doing the tests but will do the unit quizes.

 

I'm still searching the depths of teacher resources for the answers to the workbook pages. Calling customer service tomorrow. I'm sure it's right in front of me but I don't see it. :tongue_smilie:

 

ETA: I found the answers to the workbook pages. Right where they are supposed to be. :)

 

The content is very through for a young student. I don't expect dd to master/memorize all the vocab and content.

 

The feel of this first module reminds me of Biology: Exploring Life by Campbell which I own.

 

HTH!

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It's over 100 degrees here today so we're cooped up inside. Seemed like a good day to start with Module A: Cells & Heredity.

 

We watched the student interactive portion. We then read a few pages of the first chapter (along with the audio portion), stopping to fill in the blanks and discuss, make diagrams, etc. This will be our routine and it fits with her learning style. It's a nice blend of computer, audio/visual, workbook, discussion.

 

I'm not going to 'make assignments' on the website since we'll be doing the program together. We won't be doing the tests but will do the unit quizes.

 

I'm still searching the depths of teacher resources for the answers to the workbook pages. Calling customer service tomorrow. I'm sure it's right in front of me but I don't see it. :tongue_smilie:

 

ETA: I found the answers to the workbook pages. Right where they are supposed to be. :)

 

The content is very through for a young student. I don't expect dd to master/memorize all the vocab and content.

 

The feel of this first module reminds me of Biology: Exploring Life by Campbell which I own.

 

HTH!

We were looking at the Cells and Heredity - is it as child friendly and "cool" (as Autumn put it) as the sample lesson?

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We were looking at the Cells and Heredity - is it as child friendly and "cool" (as Autumn put it) as the sample lesson?

 

I think so. I would wait unti HSBC has another sale.

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It looks really neat but I'm turned off by how difficult it is to view samples. I also don't understand how you use it w/ a 2nd child. Can you purchase an additional year of online support or would you need to purchase an entirely new set? It's very unclear in info available how much of the program is online vs. on a cd/dvd. Would it even be possible to use it without purchasing the online support?

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It looks really neat but I'm turned off by how difficult it is to view samples. I also don't understand how you use it w/ a 2nd child. Can you purchase an additional year of online support or would you need to purchase an entirely new set? It's very unclear in info available how much of the program is online vs. on a cd/dvd. Would it even be possible to use it without purchasing the online support?

 

I thought the samples were quite thorough.

 

For the middle school modules, it appears that multiple kids can watch any element of the online portion. It doesn't keep track. You can log in and out of the program to watch and re-watch. Skip around. Whatever.

 

Dd is writing in her consumable workbooks.

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I thought the samples were quite thorough.

 

For the middle school modules, it appears that multiple kids can watch any element of the online portion. It doesn't keep track. You can log in and out of the program to watch and re-watch. Skip around. Whatever.

 

Dd is writing in her consumable workbooks.

 

Thanks for the link! I couldn't access anything from the hmh homepage.

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I've read all the comments about Science Fusion. Can you please tell me which version was purchased, digital or print?

Each purchase comes with both digital and print, I believe.

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Are you happy with your purchase?

I haven't purchased it - just read a million reviews and thought about it. Lol.

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I am. The price was $27 for 1 middle school module for 1 year. I bought 3 modules.

How much more did you spend for labs? How teacher intensive ARE the labs? I know there are some *virtual* labs, but I've also read that there are hands on labs necessary for the "meat" of the program.

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How much more did you spend for labs? How teacher intensive ARE the labs? I know there are some *virtual* labs, but I've also read that there are hands on labs necessary for the "meat" of the program.

 

I did not buy the lab materials. They will do the virtual labs in SF and online elsewhere as well as outsourced labs with a tutor (winter) and another local class. If dd was using the program as intended (late middle school) I would stick more closely to the script. We do so much science that I'm not trying to align them all. They seem to enjoy random exposure to topics.

 

Try the logic board for info on the SF hands-on labs. :)

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I posted an overview of the program on this thread.

 

There's a 27 minute video that takes you through it and will answer most of your questions.

 

I just bought it through the HSBC sale, so I can't tell you anything more about it yet. I'm just excited to be able check off science for my 7th grader.

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I thought the samples were quite thorough.

 

For the middle school modules, it appears that multiple kids can watch any element of the online portion. It doesn't keep track. You can log in and out of the program to watch and re-watch. Skip around. Whatever.

 

Dd is writing in her consumable workbooks.

 

THANKS! I wish I'd come here before wading through the convoluted HMH website(s).

 

I posted an overview of the program on this thread.

 

There's a 27 minute video that takes you through it and will answer most of your questions.

 

I just bought it through the HSBC sale, so I can't tell you anything more about it yet. I'm just excited to be able check off science for my 7th grader.

 

I will check this out, thx.

 

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Beth said, ETA: I found the answers to the workbook pages. Right where they are supposed to be. :)

 

And where would this be?? I can't find it. (But I'm in Gr. 5, not the middle school modules.) Guess I'll have to make a phone call.:glare:

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I'm doing the 5th grade program with my s/n son. I stumbled upon the answers yesterday. I will look it up and post late tonight or tomorrow if you'd like.

 

 

 

Beth said, ETA: I found the answers to the workbook pages. Right where they are supposed to be. :)

 

And where would this be?? I can't find it. (But I'm in Gr. 5, not the middle school modules.) Guess I'll have to make a phone call.:glare:

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Well, I'm still trying to figure it out, and I'm afraid that by the time I do, my year will be expired!:glare: There's a LOT of info there, and I don't consider it to be very user-friendly. I wonder if classroom teachers have to take a day or two of in-service to learn the ins and outs of the program. Science has been our least explored subject, and I was hoping this option would be easier on me, the science dummy. Not so. :001_unsure:

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Science has been our least explored subject, and I was hoping this option would be easier on me, the science dummy. Not so. :001_unsure:

 

Bummer - same for me here - I was hoping it was more open and go and self directed...hmmmm...

 

Thanks for the input - it is helpful

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Others have said that it CAN be used open an go! Those of you that are having such difficulties, are you trying to lesson plan the whole year? Has anyone else just used it as open and go? I am saying, just have the dc log on and do the next thing using the pacing guide as the schedule. I know the tests need to be assigned. I need to decide what I'm doing. I'm scared to purchase!

 

Sandy

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I thought the samples were quite thorough.

 

For the middle school modules, it appears that multiple kids can watch any element of the online portion. It doesn't keep track. You can log in and out of the program to watch and re-watch. Skip around. Whatever.

 

Dd is writing in her consumable workbooks.

 

The samples Beth gave make it look like it's open and go if you use the pacing guide. Is that what the Student Edition program looks like when you first get it or after you've assigned everything?

 

We're a fairly techie family, so I'm not too worried about ds not being able to figure it out if it's a little complicated. It looks to me, that they just give a lot of options for teaching the same thing. I plan on letting ds get a feel for what he prefers (digital or print or both) in the first month and going from there. I hope to do most or all the labs, most likely falling a bit short. If I see something I want to add in like the History Channel videos, it will be much easier to assign it. Ds loves to check things off. ;)

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The samples Beth gave make it look like it's open and go if you use the pacing guide. Is that what the Student Edition program looks like when you first get it or after you've assigned everything?

 

This is a great question! So far, I am thinking open and go looks doable based on the sample that Beth posted. It never dawned on me that the sample may have looked that way because it was "assigned."

 

Sandy

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This is a great question! So far, I am thinking open and go looks doable based on the sample that Beth posted. It never dawned on me that the sample may have looked that way because it was "assigned."

 

Sandy

 

I am not using the pacing guide. No box-checking here. I am not assigning lessons. We just log in and go to the Resources tab, click on the module and start where we left off.

 

Just follow the instructions in the greeting letter to set up the student(s).

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Is this program completely online, including the labs, and in the worktext? Or are there hands-on labs and activities that have to be done? How teacher -intensive is it?

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I was having a lot of trouble accessing the teacher edition until I switched from Google Chrome to Internet Explorer. Once I switched to IE and enabled pop ups from the site, I had no problem accessing it. After logging in, click on the main part of the screen, titled Resources. Next, click on Science Fusion Teacher Access Grade ___. (In my case, it is grade 5.) On the left, it will show a list of units, and on the right, a list of resources available. Click on the unit you need on the left side, and then click on the lesson needed, also on the left side. On the right side of the screen, select Lesson Teacher Support. It will bring up a list of resources for that lesson, including the Teacher's Edition. Clicking on that will bring up a PDF of the TE. If you are the lecturing type, there is also a nice PowerNotes presentation to go along with the print edition. Hope that helps! I wish there were videos that explained the teacher resources in detail. It is a bit confusing!

 

 

 

 

Yes, please, dsmith!!!

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I don't think the program has to be online at all (for the student, at least) if you don't wish it to be. There is a work text that comes with the program, and for each lesson there is an inquiry that goes with it. You would have to go online and print the needed resources for that. PowerNotes presentations are available to match the book, which could be useful for lecture material. The program could also be done only using the online digital lesson, but the inquiry is still done offline. There are some completely digital labs, but I'm not sure how many there are. With ds, we are doing a combination of digital/online. He loves the text, but also likes the online aspect. We haven't been doing every inquiry, at least for the first unit. I haven't looked ahead very much. It's taken some time to get used to the layout and familiarize myself with what's available. I keep finding new things every time I spend some time looking around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is this program completely online, including the labs, and in the worktext? Or are there hands-on labs and activities that have to be done? How teacher -intensive is it?

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Here's how our first two weeks have gone. I have a 3rd grader and 6th grader using grade 5. They just get on and do the next thing. The 6th grader is dodging the exercises is the print book. I found quizzes, etc in the teacher edition. We're just doing the next thing so no assigning anything. So far they are doing fine. They don't enjoy anything but at least this is getting done.

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Here's how our first two weeks have gone. I have a 3rd grader and 6th grader using grade 5. They just get on and do the next thing. The 6th grader is dodging the exercises is the print book. I found quizzes, etc in the teacher edition. We're just doing the next thing so no assigning anything. So far they are doing fine. They don't enjoy anything but at least this is getting done.

 

Why are they not enjoying it? If I purchase, I will also have a 6th grader using it. I was planning to purchase middle school modules a,b, and c. Is there anything in particular they complain about? I am still up in the air about this program. I need to just decide already! I wish I didn't have to purchase all the modules I want up front. That would make it so much easier. I wish this was an ongoing buy with HSBC. Then I could just try 1.

 

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!! All I needed to do was to turn off the pop-up blocker!:blushing: It is beginning to make a little more sense. Is there any way to print the teacher's edition?

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I have one ds in grade 4 and one dd who is almost done with module A. Here are some of my thoughts:

 

The pacing guide for 4th grade is ridiculous. To get him to finish the book he would almost have to do two lessons a week and that was way too much for him. I just schedule one chapter a week. I do spend the time assigning lessons (which I must say is slow and a pain but once I got used to it, it has been fine). I just go to the Teacher Edition online and go to lesson level and then start with assigning the digital lesson for monday, the quiz for wednesday (which he has to review in the book and there is a helpful printout as well for kids with reading comprehension issues), and then the inquiry flipchart on friday. He has a scientific notebook which we use for his experiments.

 

For my 6th grade dd, who is doing module A, I assign the lesson for monday, the quiz for wednesday (using the book as review), and we do experiments on friday and saturday. We have had to really pare down on the number of labs because it was TOTALLY overwhelming doing 3-5 labs per chapter. My husband is a scientist and we just sit down and pick one (maybe two if they are short and very interesting). She loves microscopy so we have done quite a bit of that and stayed away from the labs that take over 1/2 hour. Some last over an hour! Ugh.

 

I think the interesting thing for us is that we do it almost 100% online. I do the assigning (and printing if necessary) and they do the work with no help from me. They study for the tests and I look at the results on ThinkCentral. The labs I find to be incredibly time consuming and we have had to buy quite a few things or just skip labs due to costs. My dd has found that some of the Virtual Labs, in particular mitosis and meiosis, were scheduled wrong. She had only had the lesson for mitosis but the virtual lab scheduled by ScienceFusion to go with it was on mitosis and meiosis and she hadn't even studied meiosis yet. She was very frustrated. We have had that happen a few times.

 

1 pp said her kids weren't enjoying anything and that is where I am finding my kids. Science was SO fun last year (we did Apologia Human Anatomy and Physiology). I am not a good young earther and really wanted a secular science and thought ScienceFusion was going to be the answer to my prayers. It has turned out to be a little bit of a letdown. From the difficulty in scheduling to the monstrous labs and the lack of enthusiasm from the kids, it has kind of frustrating because I was so excited about it. I also think ScienceFusion has not really made any changes to ThinkCentral to help homeschoolers. You can tell it is obviously made for a classroom setting.

 

My PhD husband really wants them to continue with ScienceFusion next year because he wants them to have a very solid science background. I feel torn because the kids don't enjoy it. Surely there has to be a secular science that comes with labs and materials. If so, I haven't found it.

 

Jen

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My PhD husband really wants them to continue with ScienceFusion next year because he wants them to have a very solid science background. I feel torn because the kids don't enjoy it. Surely there has to be a secular science that comes with labs and materials. If so, I haven't found it.

 

Jen

 

Jen, Sorry to hear it isn't working as you had hoped. I had low expectations going in which is probably why I like it so much. We aren't doing labs here and I'm not 'assigning' so it is open & go for us. The content is fabulous. Dd9 has learned a ton about cells this week in a format she enjoys. For $27, it is perfect for us.

 

I am green with envy that your dh is able to help teach this -- and that you are game for doing labs at home. What a gift. :)

 

We get to the mitosis/meiosis chapter next week. My ds saw what dd9 is learning about cells and said he didn't cover that until 10th grade bio. Not sure if I should be happy about that or not. :tongue_smilie:

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