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Janice Van Cleave Astronomy

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  • Item #: 025105
    ISBN: 9780471330974
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    This time, Janice VanCleave takes us through the history of science, with an focus on each scientific discipline and how it has changed over time. The book consists of six chapters, which examine the histories of: science, astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. Each chapter and experiment opens with a "Did You Know" section to acquaint students with that time period, or an explanation of how a similar experiment was important to scientific discovery. Once the students understand the context, it's time to experiment! An objective or purpose, materials list, step-by-step directions, results, additional information and bibliography are included for each activity. For example, in the experiment on planetary motion, students will read about how early astronomers plotted orbits, then make a model of Neptune and Pluto's orbits, and discover for themselves why they don't "crash into each other". Neccessary materials are all around-the-house items, and as the experiments are geared for the elementary ages, most of them are not terribly involved or difficult to do. Even scientists too young to "stand on the shoulders of giants" can follow in their footsteps with these activities! - Jess

  • Item #: 012847
    ISBN: 9780471530107
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  • Item #: 012844
    ISBN: 9780471535737
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  • Item #: 012845
    ISBN: 9780471503811
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  • Item #: 056180
    ISBN: 9781448884711
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  • Item #: 056176
    ISBN: 9781448884636
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  • Item #: 038289
    ISBN: 9780471471820
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    This title includes 25 projects designed to explore structural engineering, solar engineering, and chemical engineering.
  • Item #: 029218
    ISBN: 9780471252221
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    What a great idea! Janice VanCleave introduces kids to the lives of famous scientists through short biographies and simple experiments that illustrates each scientist's discovery. The book is divided into two parts. Part One introduces types of scientists (astronomers, biologists, chemists, earth scientists, and physicists), although more than 5 types are profiled in this book. Here, you'll learn about the general history of each field. Part Two covers 20 specific scientists, each with an easy to read biography with scientific terms printed in bold so they can be referenced in the included glossary. Each biography is followed by an experiment, an extension activity, and recommendations for additional reading about that scientist. Aside from scientists you'd typically expect to be in a book like this (Einstein, the Curies, Galileo), many are refreshingly new names (Alhazen - optics, Mary Anning - paleontology, Rachel Carson - environmental biology). ~ Anh

  • Item #: 027250
    ISBN: 9780471205470
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    Janice Van Cleave is well known for her fun and educational science books and this book is no exception. Covering "biomes from pole to pole", this supplemental science book contains thirty activities covering forests (tropical, deciduous, coniferous), grasslands (temperate and tropical), deserts (hot and cold) and the highland and lowland tundra. Each activity begins with introductory information and includes the purpose of the activity, necessary materials, procedure, expected results with explanation, an additional activity and a book resource list for further investigation. Activities are centered on commonly found items and materials. Black and white illustrations. pb, 120 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 025103
    ISBN: 9780471330967
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    Often, the most fascinating subjects can be found right outside our doors, and the changing seasons supply endless opportunities for investigation and observation of all of our "I wonder why that happens?" questions. In this hands-on activity book, author Janice VanCleave has rounded up 52 season-based scientific investigations, grouped by season, each linked to particular science phenomena that are related to that season. For example, in autumn, kids can make their own pinecone hygrometers to determine outdoor humidity, or compare sun and clock time with a sundial. Spring, on the other hand, is the perfect time to get an up-close look at the vein patterns on clover leaves, or to find the Big Dipper and Ursa Major in the sky at night. Each investigation is printed on a two-page spread, which features some related information about the topic, a fun fact, a simple investigation with step-by-step instructions, investigation results and explanations, a list of recommended books for further reading, and an extension activity. Like the author's other books, the activities are well-laid out, require a few simple materials, and offer clear explanations that children can easily understand. These activities in particular are geared to younger students, and are typically short and exciting to correlate with younger children's attention spans. As an addition to your regular science curriculum, or just for fun, there are lots of interesting topics from all branches of science to choose from here, as well as opportunities for additional reading/exploration. - Jess

  • Item #: 025097
    ISBN: 9780471176657
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    The hands-on activities, thinking exercises, and humorous illustrations accompanying the interesting text in this book will draw students into the science of food and nutrition. Janice VanCleave offers 232 pages of explanations and experiments for students which easily teach about carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and vitamins; the food pyramid; food labels; maintaining a healthy body weight; digestion; taste; enzymes; acids and bases; and many other critical aspects of nutrition. Each of the 25 chapters begins with an interesting description of the nutritional component or process being studied and then offers short thinking exercises, followed by a simple, fun experiment visually depicting the attributes of the passage.

  • Item #: 018297
    ISBN: 9780471330998
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    Covers energy and work, potential energy, kinetic energy, sound energy, batteries, and renewable energy resources.
  • Item #: 012848
    ISBN: 9780471525059
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  • Item #: 012846
    ISBN: 9780471620853
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  • Item #: 011899
    ISBN: 9780471159797
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  • Item #: 008032
    ISBN: 9780471024088
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    This Janice VanCleave book follows the format of her other books with easy to understand explanations and line drawings. However, while her other books are based around experiments, there aren't as many in this book. It is more of a learning book to teach about the different aspects of the body. But there are activities, thought provoking questions, and experiments mixed in throughout the book for kids to work through while they gain a better understanding of how the body functions. - Melissa

  • Item #: 059250
    ISBN: 9781892427526
    Retail: $69.95
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    Have you ever stopped to realize that a comprehensive understanding of the earth, its structure, and its inhabitants are a necessary foundation for interacting meaningfully with our increasingly global-minded world? Taking an overview approach, the North Star Geography course covers geography skills (reading maps, using geographic tools, cartography, surveying, and navigation), physical geography (geology, meteorology, oceanography, ecology, hydrology, and astronomy), and human geography (sociology, culture, religion, transportation, agriculture, government, and economics). Bright Ideas Press and world geography – what a great idea! Student Reader plus Companion Guide CD-ROM (activities: maps, hands-on, research options, quizzes/tests) – what a great idea! Quality content, Biblical worldview, and user-friendliness all rolled up into one package – what a great idea!

    Obviously, the Student Reader is the heart of the course. Each of the sixteen lessons provides 15-20 pages of reading text, full-color illustrations, photos, sidebar articles, and maps. Lessons are divided into teaching segments which are both highly readable and interesting. The organization lends itself to flexibility, and the course could be done over one year (two weeks per lesson), two years (four weeks per lesson), or even one semester (one week per lesson – a bare bones approach). Vocabulary words are in bold with definitions provided in the glossary at the end of the text. The Reader concludes with a reference list that provides options for further study.

    The accompanying Companion Guide CD-ROM (pdf files) provides both basic and "extra" activities in addition to all content from the Reader. It's these pdf files that will allow you to tailor the course for high school, for junior high, or for a combination of ages. Families may make photocopies or print pages as needed, but classrooms and co-ops should contact the publisher for a multiple-use license. Depending on the course time-frame you choose, you will probably have to do some selection of activities, as there is a wealth provided.

    • • Hands-On Activities – there is lots of variety here – some short and simple, some more involved. Materials lists are provided when necessary (and tend to be easy-to-get items).
    • • Build Your Own Atlas – there's a segment for each lesson that includes labeling outline maps, completing fact files, and creating a set of political, physical, and thematic maps. Outline maps are provided but a good atlas as a reference is helpful (i.e. Wondermaps or Atlas of World Geography).
    • • Note-Taking Pages – each lesson has a set of 10 questions taken from the text that serve as lesson review and a study guide for the quizzes.
    • • Memorization Lists – a list of 198 countries, 70 regions and physical features to learn – roughly 16 items per lesson.
    • • Research Questions – a set of questions for each continent which encourage the student to conduct his own research (answers included).
    • • Quizzes and Tests – quizzes for each lesson (based on note-taking questions and map work). A final exam includes questions taken from all 16 of the lessons (answer keys and grading rubrics included).
    • • Graphic Organizers - can be used for all types of studies – world/continent, country, culture, regional geography, and government fact files.

    Homeschool geography courses have tended to be research frameworks that can be used by multi-age students and over several years. While having lots of advantages for families they require planning, preparation, and, often, outside resources. North Star takes a different approach providing a very solid base of textual information but giving lots of options for additional activities and research. It provides all necessary forms and pages, requiring only a good world atlas to accompany the course. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 056863
    ISBN: 9781615382408
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    Is there a place for special needs children within the world of classical education? I've often wondered. It's so language intensive and language is often an issue. It's also rigorous and academically advanced and that seems unattainable. But it's also highly structured and brain-building. And that's the key. Cheryl Swope proved with her own children, adopted twins with multiple delays and issues, that not only is there a place, but it's the very best place. Simply Classical is more than their story – even though it's a beautiful one filled with hard work, daily sacrifices, heartbreak and disappointment, and then, ultimately, with the magnificent realization of what has been accomplished step by agonizing step. Simply Classical is a road map through a classical, Christian educational journey for children who face special challenges. Employing the basic principles of classical education – the three arts of language (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) and the four arts of mathematics (arithmetic, music theory, geometry, and astronomy), she built a disciplined plan for her children who had very different challenges and now has turned her efforts toward sharing what she has learned with others. This is a wonderful resource for the homeschooling parent of autistic or other special learners. It looks at the challenges faced by special needs children and offers insights for success in education and social skills. Part personal story and part practical resource providing curricula recommendations, book lists, sample schedules, tips on making modifications to meet a child's needs, mini-screening checklists, developmental milestones, informal and formal testing as well as others' stories. The book concludes with a thorough appendix of outside resources. 276 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 023556
    ISBN: 9781932012941
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    As they complete her courses, Ms. Fulbright encourages students to compile a notebook to collect and display the information they are learning. She has now gone one step further by providing a format specifically adapted to the Astronomy course. This Notebooking Journal provides a place for the student to complete every assignment, to record his experiments and to display his work. Included in these non-reproducible journals are weekly lesson plans, templates for recording fascinating facts and assignments, and scripture copywork with both print and cursive practice. In addition to full-color Miniature Books options (for recording facts and information and pasting directly into the notebook), there are Take it Further ideas for lots of additional activities, projects, experiments, books or videos, all of which correlate with the lessons. Serving both as a record of the student's work and as a prized reminder of acquired knowledge, these books will become a homeschooling heirloom. ~ Janice

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  • Item #: 017396
    ISBN: 9780871408655
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    Hendrik Willem van Loon's masterpiece of world history for young adults, winner of the first Newberry award, has remained an enjoyable way to introduce world history. Even though the original author died in 1944 – before the end of World War II – a succession of authors has provided updated chapters to ensure the book stays current and a viable option. This latest updating includes chapters by Robert Sullivan that take the story from the end of the millennium (the extent of the previous update) through an evaluation of our current (copyright, 2014) forms of communication – Chapter 90, Friends – The Ways in Which We Changed How We Communicate with Each Other. Recognizing the appeal of the original, the previous updaters (Edward Prehn, Paul Sears and Edwin Broome in 1972; John Merriman in 1984 and 1999; with added illustrations by Adam Simon) and now the current updater have all maintained the same engaging conversational tone. An animated chronology (from 500,000 B.C. to A.D. 2000) and a complete index of people, places, and things mentioned in the book are provided in the back. 765 pgs. pb ~ Janice