Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Energy: Its Forms, Changes, & Functions

Energy: Its Forms, Changes, & Functions (Investigate the Possibilities) (Investigate the Possibilities Series)is part of a Christian-based science curriculum written by Tom DeRosa and Carolyn Reeves. The other sets in the series, which are published by Master Books, are Matter and Forces and Motion. Each set contains three, paperback booklets with color illustrations.

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 $18.00, 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. Add some library books and you have everything you need for lab science. For students in 6th grade and up, this could be used as enrichment to complement a science textbook. I would also use this for special education purposes for older students.