Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd Edition was created to give middle school students an understanding of the basic world that surrounds them each day of their lives and the forces in creation so that they can appreciate the real world relevance of scientific inquiry and the beauty of creation. We believe that students’ educations should prepare them for life, not just an academic year.
The text discusses atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonds, reactions and energy, motion, forces, energy, waves and sound, light, electricity and magnetism. This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology. We generally recommend it as an 8th grade course, but students can use it for their 9th grade coursework.
Students will conduct controlled experiments where they observe a problem, ask a question, formulate a testable hypothesis, and then conduct the experiment and analyze the data to see if their results support their hypothesis. It involves quantitative data that require measurements.
What’s inside the 3rd Edition:
- Coverage of chemistry, physical science, and physics to help students gain a solid foundation to confidently complete high school level courses in each topic
- “Think About That” sections to help your student make a connection between science and the creator
- Formal experiments with lab reports
- Rich graphics to help present and reinforce information and concepts in a visual way
- A suggested schedule in the front of the student notebook and detailed schedule at the beginning of each lesson
- Detailed to-do list at the start of each lesson to help your student plan their work and work more independently
- Optional "you do science" activities that are quick and easy, designed to help students truly comprehend the concepts they are learning
- Tests provided for each module, however, students are given many study helps via their student notes within the Student Notebook and Study Guide questions once they complete a module
- Complete step-by-step grading rubrics for parents, showing how to calculate a module grade from the student's module test, lab work, and character displayed throughout the module
A typical week requires studying science for about one hour a day for four days. During this time, students listen to an assigned portion of their textbook, stopping throughout each section to answer “on your own” questions to test their comprehension before moving forward. Students self-check their answers against the detailed answers provided at the end of each module.
Laboratory exercises are conducted throughout each module so that students have a hands on lab component in their scientific study. These have been designed to easily work in the homeschool environment.
At the end of each of 14 modules which take about two weeks each to complete, there are study guides to help students review their materials before taking their exams. Detailed answers to these questions are provided in the solutions and test manual.