Introducing scientific concepts in the context of history, students will follow the work of the scientists who lived during the period known as “The Industrial Age,” which spanned the 19th century. Arranged chronologically, chapters focus both on concepts as well as thinkers, including Georges Cuvier, Jons Jakob Berzelius, William Prout, Sir Charles Wheatstone, Louis Pasteur, James Clerk Maxwell, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, and others alongside topics such as proteins, motors, the speed of electricity, fermentation, spontaneous generation, supersonic speed, radiation, and more.
A total of 90 lessons are included; divided into chronological sections, each section contains 12 regular lessons and 3 challenge lessons for a total of 15 lessons. Depending on how much science you wish to teach in your homeschool, there are enough lessons to cover every other day for the length of a school year, or, you can finish the book by only doing two lessons a week (and skipping the challenge lessons).
Hands-on activities are included in each lesson; most are experiments (that have been field-tested for hom eschoolers!), and include step by step directions to keep you on track. As this curriculum was designed for all elementary-aged students to use together, the main lesson text is written in a conversational, easy-to-read tone that all students can comprehend; illustrations and photographs are integrated throughout. Review assignments close the lesson; questions are grouped for “youngest, older, and oldest” students. Students are instructed to keep a notebook, and the activities include comprehension and reflection notebook assignments.
Experiments use common household goods, though for some items that may not be on-hand, a full list (organized by section) is provided at the beginning of the book.
The “Helps & Hints” book accompanies the primary text. It includes answers to the activities and lesson review questions given in the textbook, along with experiment hints and lesson notes where needed; twelve tests covering multiple chapters; answers to the tests; and an appendix.
Elementary Grades K-6.
This kit includes:
- Science in the Industrial Age Textbook, 303 pages with glossary and index. Hardcover.
- Science in the Industrial Age Helps & Hints Book, 58 pages, non-reproducible; consumable softcover.