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Today, I am reviewing another Evan-Moor Publishers product. I am working with Evan-Moor Publishers so this contains affiliate links.
I am reviewing the Daily Science Grade 6 workbook today. I was provided with a physical book for this review so this is not another ebook. I have a ton to say about this book so let’s just jump right in.
Who is this book best for?
This book is definitely aimed at people who want to get a solid science resource in their curriculum but don't want to spend much time in prep, work, or clean up of the experiments.
The Set Up
This book is divided into 6 “big ideas”, units of of study that build upon each other. These include genetics, environment, earth science, chemistry, and energy. These ideas are not broad topics in these fields but important foundations. For example, the chemistry section is about the anatomy of an atom, the organization of the periodic table, etc.
At the beginning of each big idea is a teacher primer. This 2 page spread gives you all the basic facts you will need to assist students or answer questions they have about the reading.
Third, each big idea is then divided into 5 weeks worth of work, 4 weeks of new material and 1 of review. Each week is divided up into a few vocabulary words, a daily short reading section and less than 5 questions. Some lessons include puzzles, making tables, reading graphs, diagrams, or maps.
Next, each big idea also includes a hands-on lab, a must have for any significant science resources. Many people don’t understand that science is a thing you must do so it’s nice to see well organized work book like this include easy experiments to round out the experience.
Last, an answer key is included at the back of the book so if science isn’t your strong suit, no need to worry.
Like my previous, review of Writing Fabulous Paragraphs and Sentences, this supplement is engaging. The reading sections are a bit dry, but they are short, and the pictures more than make up for it. For instance, this picture of DNA from nucleus into a base pair to gives a beautiful view of what it looks like and rivals what I remember from my college textbooks.
Also, the ideas build beautiful upon each other. This text is different from many other supplements we have tried because it assumes the student starts out with no knowledge of the subject (left side). Each day builds up the knowledge base so that by the end of the unit, the child is well versed in this bid idea (right side).
Also, important vocabulary is listed right on the page, in the margin, so Connor doesn’t have to flip around to look up a word. Each word is written out phonetically, too, so no seconding guessing on pronunciation.
This book is set up so that you can skip around the units to follow what interests you child or to work on their weak points. This book would be perfect for an older child who needs help in science.
This can even be used as a reading supplement for those needing to work on comprehension and recall in nonfiction. All the answers to the questions can be found in the text, but the student must pay close attention and practice synthesizing information to do it. Both of which are essential study skills for those wishing to go into science.
Strong readers can work on this book alone with minimal help. Connor will often work on this while I am doing something like working with Cayden, cooking, or even putting my toddlers down for a nap. This is a huge boon to our schedule!
I have found that Connor tends to fade out while doing the reading portion, because it is a like a textbook. Honestly, that’s ok but I would have been happier if this information had been presented in a more narrative way, like a living book.
This book does not include a glossary, and I would have loved to see one. Simply put, this is a skill that may be fading from importance, but I still feel like using glossaries, dictionaries, and thesauruses are good ways to reinforce alphabetical order. Maybe it’s my need for easily accessible information, but I just hate to flip pages looking for a single definition.
The perforations tear very easily. We have accidentally torn out a couple of pages out, which is frustrating. I also don’t feel like there is a lot of room to punch holes for notebooks.
A few of the exercises require you to label parts based on reading. I don’t like this practice because this can be hard for many readers. I would have like to see them label some parts of the diagrams and let the child fill in the rest.
Overall, I feel like this is a great resource, and I would even use this as my main science curriculum. I would supplement it with documentaries, more experiments, and more interesting readings to really fill it out.
This is a great resource for those who want to use a strong science resource in their homeschool without breaking the bank or having to dedicate hours a day to do it.
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