By Design ~ Inquiry Based Science Review

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Finding a science program for my upper middle school and high school kiddos has been a struggle. One of the big issues with most science programs I find is that they are not creation based, but teach evolution. I don’t want my kids to have to filter through all the evolution based parts in the curriculum. When you do find a creation based science program it is a struggle to find one that is more hands on verses reading and testing over and over. I don’t want my kids just filling up their time with curriculum, I want them to actually remember what it is that they are learning about.

Faith-Based Science Grade 6 Homeschool Curriculum

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We were given the opportunity to review the 6th grade By Design Science program for free as well as compensated for our time to give our honest review of the program. We were not required to give an honest review of the program. Please read my full disclosure policy for more information.

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By Design Science program from Kendall Publishing offers a program that is creation based, while it is specifically geared towards Seventh Day Adventists, it can really be used for any Christian or non-denomonational religion without any issues at all.

They add bible verses and references into the teaching, so that kids can see how science intertwines with what God has taught us right in the bible. I really, really love this about the program. If there is anything I want my children to take away from school it is that God has his hands in every part of the world around us and to see that by using the bible with their science program and any other class we can.

Inquiry Based Science Curriculum

The program also teaches kids concepts using inquiry based learning which aligns with Next Generations Science Standards. They do not learn like normal science classes with reading and testing, like you would find in many science programs. This concept (inquiry based) was new to me, so let me take a few minutes to explain it to you so you can see how great this is for kids.

Using Inquiry based learning, the students follow a 5-step instruction model 1. Engage 2. Discover 3. Explain 4. Extend 5. Assess / Reflect. They do this on their own by answering questions doing experiments, researching, and analyzing data. This really helps students learn to explore on their own, by discovering while they learn just like real scientists do.

If there is one thing that I am big on in the subject of science, it is that kids have fun learning. I think kids retain information so much better while enjoying learning. Inquiry based learning does this exact thing.

An example of this would be a the beginning of the book when Anthony was learning about homeostasis. Learning how our bodies adapt to exercise. Anthony had to get a sibling to be his partner for this experiment, then they  had to predict how their bodies would recover from exercise.

  • First they each took their heart rate, respiratory rate, and body temperature and recorded it in the student science journal.
  • Then they did jumping jacks for a minute checked their heart rate.
  • Do jumping jacks again for a minute and record their respiratory rate.
  • Then one last time they did jumping jacks and took their temperature.
  • They each did this.

Afterwards they looked at the difference in their bodies before and after exercise, to see if their predictions were right. Then they talked about how their predictions were different from each others, and what the final outcome was in the experiment. Following the activity Anthony answered questions about the activity, graphed the results and really understood how homeostasis works in the human body. If this would have been something he would have read using big scientific words he would have never picked up on how the concept would have worked like he did in this activity.
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This is how the entire book is structured. Offering many different activities for the kids to do using Inquiry based learning, according to what is most interesting to them on each topic.

There area 4 different units in the curriculum each of them comes with it’s own student notebook, and are completely organized for students is an easy to use way. The topics each of the books are about are.

  1. Life Science ~ An overview of life, How cells are alike and different, and How cells function.
  2. The Human Body ~ How your body is organized, Systems work together in your body, safety and care of your body.
  3. Earth and Space Science ~ Minerals and Rocks, Our dynamic earth, Earth’s surface features change, and How life on Earth has changed.
  4. Physical Science ~ Which includes lessons in Properties and changes of matter, The Atomic theory, electricity, and electricity and magnetism are related.

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The students notebook is full of spaces to complete their science inquiry’s, answer questions, and room to make drawings of the topic they are learning about. This is great so that you can keep all your work in 1 notebook instead of having to keep a separate science notebook.

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The students textbook has full color real life images through out the whole book. This is something I really appreciate, I do not care for textbooks that have comic/cartoon images of science topics. I want the kids to see the real life image of what they are learning. They also have questions in each of the pages that go along with the topic to make sure students are picking up what they are reading. The teachers guide has everything you could need in them and make teaching super easy and convenient.

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There were multiple times that the topic was so interesting that even the little boys wanted to take part in the experiments. Like examining the pond water under the microscope  🙂 !
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Kendall Hunt offers all Inquiry Based Science curriculum for grades 1-8 over on their website stop over to take a look at all the programs they offer, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

 

Kendall Hunt also provides faith-based programs in Reading Language Art called (Pathways) and a New Kindergarten program (Stepping Stones). In addition, Kendall Hunt offers Talented and Gifted programs in mathematics (M2 and M3) as well as products developed in collaboration with the CFGE (Center for Gifted Education) College of William and Mary in subject areas such as language arts, social studies, and science.

 

 

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