Tuesday, April 10, 2012
AIMS Education - Earth Rocks
From their website:
Earth Rocks - Grades 4-5 - $29.95 (Paperback or PDF versions)
"50 activities —336 pages Students explore soil, rocks/minerals, the water cycle and properties of water. In the section on Earth Changes, students will look at weathering and erosion. The Resources section has them classifying resources as renewable and nonrenewable. The book ends with a section on pollution."
The Bentz Test Laboratory LOVES anything hands-on and everything Science! Aims Education is a supplier of activity books, lab kits and supplies and much more.
I am currently teaching Earth Science at our homeschool co-op, so I had the perfect "class" to test out activities on. I like having additional resources, printables, activities to coordinate to our lesson. Earth Rocks was a useful resource to have available. The activities were easy to implement, using readily available materials.
One word of caution - Earth Rocks is from a secular worldview. I believe the point of science (and all learning for that matter) is to point back to our Creator. Earth Rocks was not "overt" in their presentation of evolution, but neither did they endorse Creation. Due to the secular nature, I would not recommend this product as "curriculum", but rather as additional information that you can use to add some hands on activities - once you have evaluated it first.
You can download Free Samples - check it out for yourself!
See what other members of the TOS Review Crew thought here.
I was sent a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.