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  • Item #: 049655
    ISBN: 9781456542214
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  • Item #: 027801
    ISBN: 9780596514921
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    Although I get excited about a lot of new products, when I saw this one my first thought was, "Why wasn't something like this available when I was in high school?" Subtitled "All Lab, No Lecture," and written for the do-it-yourselfers of all types and ages, I can't imagine a more fitting homeschool chemistry lab guide. Author Robert Bruce Thompson has studied chemistry most of his life after receiving a chemistry set for Christmas when he was a boy. With the growing realization both that the chemistry sets offered today have been so "whittled down" due to liability that they no longer can teach actual chemistry, and that schools often "skimp" on science, he was determined to write a complete lab manual for people truly interested in learning chemistry. And he has done a fantastic job.

    The lab manual contains two year's worth of chemistry labs (including AP recommended labs), organized topically. Because this is lab material only, you may need to do a bit of coordinating to plan for labs that correlate with what you are studying in your chemistry text. Further aiding your lesson planning, he sorts out lists of labs in the introduction, providing three suggested lists of labs for high schoolers who are not planning on going into a science major in college, those who are planning on a science-related major in college, and those who are wanting to take the AP Chemistry test for college credit (a chart is also included here matching AP recommended experiments with particular labs in the book). You may want to modify these lists or even create your own, however, based on the chemistry curriculum you are using. Before we jump into the labs, however, there is plenty more "good stuff" to read, including information on setting up and using a lab notebook, lab safety information, guidance on assembling equipment for your home laboratory, and advice on obtaining chemicals for the lab. While I could gloss over this and go onto the labs, I want to reinforce how helpful these chapters will be both to you and your student. With the background of someone who has built and used his own home chemistry lab for years, he offers a wealth of knowledge on specific apparatus and chemicals that you won't find in any packaged chemistry curriculum's teacher manual. In the chapter on equipping the lab, he goes into detail on specific types of glassware, and recommends specific sizes and quantities for each. This information is also helpfully found in a chart form as well. Other equipment, such as balances, heat sources, support stands, pipettes, thermometers, scoops, filter paper, rubber stoppers and more are covered separately, and he also provides a chart for these as well. I can appreciate how he keeps cost in mind, and often recommends substitutes or sources for items that he has found helpful. The last part of this chapter offers advice on where in your home to locate your chemistry lab (I have to grin, thinking of my own makeshift 1950's diner table in the corner of the dim basement). The chapter on obtaining chemicals is a gold mine all by itself (a tricky area, since some forms are classified as hazardous or restricted!). Here the author provides excellent reference material for the non-chemist/homeschool parent. He includes information on chemical names, how to understand chemical grades, information on chemical risk phrases and markings, safe chemical handling and storage. Next you'll find charts of all recommended basic and supplemental chemicals (with suggested quantities) needed for the labs in the book, helpfully organized on a chart complete with storage codes, risk and safety phrases, and quantities (in grams and mL, not moles!). Also very helpful are the appended notes that provide sources and alternatives for the chemicals in the list. More extensive notes on recommended supply sources can be found at www.homechemlab.com. A few words on hazardous chemical shipping are also included. The last chapter before the labs provides explanation and instruction on common laboratory skills the student will need, like how to correctly measure liquids, use a balance, perform titrations, using various heat sources, cleaning glassware, and more. Inside the back cover you'll also find a fold-out periodic table and a chart of formula weights for commonly used chemicals.

    The last 300+ pages of the book are devoted to the labs. These are grouped in chapters according to topic, as mentioned above, so you may be jumping around the book completing them according to your chosen chemistry text rather than completing the labs front to back. Topics covered in the lab chapters include: separating mixtures, solubility and solutions, colligative properties of solutions, introduction to chemical reactions and stoichiometry, reduction-oxidation reactions, acid-base chemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, gas chemistry, thermochemistry and calorimetry, electrochemistry, photochemistry, colloids and suspensions, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, synthesis of useful compounds, forensic chemistry. Each lab contains background information and advice, a checklist of equipment and chemicals, a step-by-step procedure, charts with blanks to guide lab report recording, and long-answer review questions based on the lab. The layout is extremely easy to read and well-organized, and also often contains full-color photos of set-ups or results. Side notes on substitutes and modifications, optional activities, and comments from the author's technical editors all make these labs non-threatening, as if you have a team of experts to support you. Because the review questions are all related directly to the experiment, the answers should be attainable for the student. Unfortunately, no answers are included in the book (which fits with the spirit of self-discovery found throughout), but if you absolutely need them, you can subscribe to the author's newsletter ($18 per year) and receive an electronic copy. The e-mail newsletter contains additional labs and updates. Whether or not you subscribe, you should definitely check out www.homechemlab.com for the lists of corrections found since the book's publication.

    In summary, I would stack this lab guide up against any lab manual from a purely school/educational publisher. You can't beat the price for the treasure trove of practical information and advice from someone who has "been there, done that" before, also on a budget. It's extremely user-friendly for both the student and the parent and the professional-looking, with ample use of charts and photos make it easy on the eye as well. Have I said enough yet? Perhaps so; I think it's time for me to go start setting up my own lab, this time as a hobbyist! 416 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 062989
    ISBN: 9781940110257
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    This new edition of Exploring Creation with Chemistry makes chemistry approachable and doable in a homeschool setting. Now authored by Kristy Plourde, you will notice a few changes from previous editions.

    The chapter order has been changed from the previous editions (1st and 2nd) of the curriculum. There are still 16 modules measurement, units, and the scientific method, atoms and molecules, atomic structure, molecular structure, polyatomic ions and molecular geometry, changes in matter and chemical reactions, describing chemical reactions, stoichiometry, acid-base chemistry, chemistry of solutions, gas phase, energy/heat and temperature, thermodynamics, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and reduction-oxidation reactions. The front of the book offers a suggestion on how to use the book and the length of time typically spent to complete the course. "On Your Own" questions are found throughout the modules and are to be completed as the student reads the text answers are included at the end of the module. "Review Question" and "Practice Problems" are found at the end of each module to help students recall and apply important concepts presented in that module. The text is generous with examples, illustrations, and photos for clarity of concepts.

    Some helpful resources are found at the back of the text glossary, tables/laws/equations, extra practice problems for each module, and a complete list of lab supplies.

    Experiments are homeschool-friendly and can be completed using the lab kit (#008778) that is assembled by Nature's Workshop and items that are easily accessible. If you want to do more advanced experiments, you can purchase the MicroChem Lab Kit (#020028). These experiments aren't printed in the student text, but are mentioned and marked by a flask and test tube symbol along with where that experiment can be found in the MicroChem Manual. The experiments in this 3rd edition are a combination of some new ones and the tried-and-true from the previous editions. If you don't want or need to purchase the lab kit (#008778), the required items to complete experiments are a 1 mass scale (0 to 500 grams), blue and red litmus paper, 1 thermometer (-10 to 110 degrees C). If you have these three items, the text makes suggestions within the experiments for household substitutions of the other items needed.

    A special website is available to accompany this course, offering web links and additional information for specific concepts. The web address is printed in the front of the text with instructions for access. Textbook is now in the 4th printing. ~ Donna.

  • Item #: 023525
    ISBN: 9781885593832
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    More than just an activity book, this guide takes students on a tour of chemistry through nearly all the elements! After a brief orientation to review what atoms and elements are, students are introduced to the periodic table and its organization. Each chapter afterwards focuses on a family of the periodic table, from the alkali metals to the noble gases, and the transition metals, lanthanides and actinides in between. Although most elements are at least introduced, much more time is spent learning about and investigating the more common elements that we interact with every day. A good mix of information, interesting trivia facts, and activities are incorporated into every chapter, all presented in an energetic and fun manner with excellent concept explanations. In the chapter on metalloids, the unique properties of metalloids are discussed, and then young scientists are set loose to experiment with boron by making Borax slime, investigate silicon through old electronics parts and the properties of Silly Putty, observe the anti-static properties of polonium, and read about the properties of other metalloid family members. The experiments require mostly commonly found household materials, and are pretty simple to perform. Although some of them are very standard simple chemistry experiments I expected, others are very unique. Presented at a level most kids can understand, this comprehensive activity guide won't bore them with a load of information, but offers students a taste of the elements and chemical concepts they are sure to encounter in a high school course and in a fun, inviting way. I would recommend this one for use either as a hands-on unit to use alongside an elementary textbook curriculum, or with an introductory chemistry course such as Friendly Chemistry, or the Elements: Intro to Chemistry. And above all, just enjoy it! - Jess

  • Item #: 045002
    ISBN: 9780982537749
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    While I already knew that Ellen McHenry has a talent for making complicated topics fun and understandable for middle schoolers, I was impressed all over again when I saw this study on the brain. I mean, it seems manageable to teach chemistry to kids, but neurology? Things can get complicated when you start following nerve pathways across and through the brain! However, I was relieved to see that you don't need to be a brain surgeon to teach this course. The book has two parts – a student booklet and a teacher's section, both of which include reproducibles that you can copy for your own family or one classroom. The student booklet is at the core of the course, and includes all of the text and text-based activities. There are ten topical chapters in the booklet, plus "half-chapters" that end in .5 and cover "extras" that you could choose to cover or skip, depending on your interest and time available. The chapters cover the history of brain research, basic brain anatomy, the right and left sides of the brain, the parts of the brain and their functions, brain cells, neurons, learning and memory, the brain's connection to the body, sleep and brain doctors. Each chapter includes several pages of friendly, straight-forward text on the topic, augmented by black-and-white graphics and the little fingerprint guys you might recognize from the author's chemistry programs. Several review activities are provided at the end of each chapter. These are quite wide-ranging in format, so much so that I'm just going to have to give you specific examples! For instance, in the first chapter on brain research, the first activity asks students to research different brain scans on the internet and answer question about each, then read to find out more about Phineas Gage (the strangest story in brain research!), and finally, students complete a color-by-number "PET Scan." In the chapter about brain parts and functions you'll find a crossword puzzle to complete, a diagram to color the parts of the brain, and "The Brain Song" to listen to, which is available as a download on the author's website. Other fun activities include making a 9-square puzzle of connected neurons and using the right and left sides of your brain to complete specific challenges. An answer key is provided at the end of the student portion, and contains all of the answers to activities with specific answers. The teacher's section is primarily made up of more involved, hands-on activities. These are organized by corresponding chapter and include fun ideas like making a brain "hemisphere hat" using the reproducible patterns that show the different areas of the brain, doing an MRI on an orange, making a human neuronal network, building an edible neuron, and much, much more. I was very impressed with the hands-on activities overall; they are very creative! This would be a very fun curriculum to use with a co-op, or with several of your children at one time. I would recommend finding some good text resources on the brain, as the visuals are a bit limited here, and there may be topics you'll want to read more about, but I think the content and the activities here will definitely capture children's interest! Packaged in a 3-hole, looseleaf format (no longer includes CD; all digital files are available on the author's website). – Jess

  • Item #: 046046
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    This colorful series from Singapore Math introduces early concepts in life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science to the very young. Each book focuses on one of these sciences, and contains 29 lessons and an answer key. Lessons are a page in length, with each topical lesson containing a short informational segment, follow-up questions or a hands-on activity. The material is presented in its simplest form, and most often the questions repeated at the end simply ask the student what was discussed at the top of the page, although in some cases, it might be helpful to have read a little more material on the subject as well. The range of subjects is pretty impressive, including animal habitats, parts of the ear and eye, seeds and how they sprout, electromagnets, conductors, circuits, mixing colors, evaporation, how sound is made, sinking or floating, seasons, solar system, Milky Way, constellations, meteors, food chains, and more. As an example of a lesson, one lesson in Book 3 features a short paragraph on the properties of some common materials, followed by a blank chart. The students must decide whether some other common materials such as wood, glass, plastic, rubber and others are hard, if they can be bent, if they last a long time, and if they are attracted to a magnet. After that activity, several common materials are listed, and the student must match these to the item or construction it can be used to make. All activities are generously illustrated with friendly, cartoon-like animals and objects, and altogether the books have a "fun," relaxed look about them, even though the concepts are fairly well-presented and a little more serious that I've seen in other early elementary science programs. Inexpensive and easy-to-use, this set could easily make up a complete science curriculum for the early grades, although you may want to supplement with a little more reading, especially with interesting related library books to broaden their horizons a little more. Each book used to be available separately, but it is now sold only as a set of four books. – Jess

  • Item #: 022318
    ISBN: 9781463549152
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    If you can gather some household supplies, make a weekly trip to the library and delve into this book, you will not only have the makings of an exciting, hands-on science program, but I bet you'll have some very enthusiastic young scientists on your hands too! Easy-to-read and easy to use, this guide is packed with loosely-scripted teaching suggestions and relevant hands-on activities for children ages 4-13. The guide contains 20 topical chapters; ten for children 4-7 and ten for children 8-13. For ages 4-7 chapters include: the senses, human body, dinosaurs, animals, insects/bugs, magnets, stars and planets, health, plants, and animal ecology. Chapter topics for ages 8-13 are: insects, microscopes and invisible creatures, atoms and molecules, matter, chemistry, weather, force and motion, simple machines, light and color and plants. Each chapter begins with a list of materials needed, which are predominantly common household items and food items. The rest of the chapter walks you through the activities – and these are not your typical "stick a piece of celery into a glass of colored water" type activities, but lively, effective activities that will likely seem almost like play - especially to younger students. For instance, in the chapter on insects for 4-7 year-olds, you'll go on a "small creatures activity hunt" looking for insect homes, make a spider web out of string, pretend to be young spiders "ballooning" into the breeze, make a spider snack, make straw proboscises and use them like a butterfly, burst out of a toilet-paper "cocoon" like a caterpillar, make butterfly print paintings, do a bee "dance," locate a trail of ants outdoors, experiment with sow bugs' lighting preferences and more. Occasionally, activities will reference a specific book to read, a DVD (like a Magic School Bus video) or a specific kit to do (if you do these activities, you'll need to plan in advance to have these things on hand). For comparison, here are a few of the activities you'll do in the insects chapter for older students: learn about animal classification and coming up with a mnemonic device to remember the classification groups, demonstrate how an insect molts by inflating a balloon inside a paper bag, draw the butterfly life cycle, keep mealworms and crickets to observe metamorphosis, draw and label the parts of a cricket, play some outdoor games to practice insect communication methods, investigate insect camouflage by scattering colored toothpicks in the grass and more. The chapters for 8-13 year-olds also each include a 10-question multiple-choice test at the end (answers are found at the end of the book). It's designed simply, with no extra fluff - teaching text or explanations are in regular text and activity instructions in italic font. Occasional black-and-white diagrams and illustrations aren't fancy but provide useful examples. All in all, it's a practical, user-friendly science resource that could be used as the basis for a science program or as an activity resource. 201 pgs, pb. – Jess