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Science

You and your student can enjoy the best of both worlds with fascinating living science books and with an up to date science curriculum. You choose!  Living books or Dr. Wiles science curriculum, Berean Builders, not only does it teach the latest in scientific discovery with FUN experiments, but it also delves back into the science greats and their discoveries that have made modern science what it is today.  Do you have a student that just can't get enough of science?  You can always include a combination of both!

Living Science Books

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LET'S READ AND FIND OUT SCIENCE:  There are so many delightful science books in this series it would be impossible to list them all!  Very colorful and engaging for young learners, perfect for read-a-loud, or beginning readers.  These titles cover so many basic science related topics for early elementary.  

Find them at your local library or purchase the titles you would like to add to your home library.  You will find your children reading these over and over again!

A DROP OF WATER:  Spectacular photographs of water appear in this unique science book. The camera stops the action and magnifies it so that all the amazing states of water can be observed: water as ice, rainbow, steam, frost, and dew. Readers can examine a drop of water as it falls from a faucet, see a drop of water as it splashes on a hard surface, count the points of an actual snowflake, and contemplate how drops of water form clouds. Evaporation, condensation, capillary, attraction, and surface tension are explained through simple text and illustrated by pictures that reveal water in its many awesome transformations. The last pages of the book feature experiments that welcome the reader into the world of scientific investigation.

CHRISTIAN LIBERTY NATURE READERS:  Your children will delight in learning not only about the various animals and plants in creation, but also about God's glory with this set of nature readers from Christian Liberty Press. Featuring a gentle narrative written directly to children, each volume will introduce children to animals and insects found around them. The kindergarten reader features one animal for each letter of the alphabet to help students link alphabet and beginning sound skills with nature knowledge. 

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BURGESS SEASHORE BOOK:  Familiar Burgess characters Danny Meadow Mouse, Jimmy Skunk, and Reddy Fox explore every nook and cranny of the shoreline and learn first hand about the habits and habitats of spider crabs, sea cucumbers, sand eels, and that strangest of little fishes--the sea horse.
Veteran storyteller and nature lover Thornton W. Burgess provides fascinating information to young readers as he describes coastal areas along the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way he weaves the area's many life forms into an entertaining tale that's also an illustrated guide to the seashore's natural history.

PAGOO:  In the tradition of classics like Paddle-to-the-Sea, Minn of the Mississippi, and Seabird, Holling C. Holling presents an intricate study of tide pool life. The illustrations and text follow the story of Pagoo, a hermit crab, and you'll learn about the life cycle of hermit crabs and many other creatures found in an average tidal pool. 

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THE ELEMENTS:  An eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous, never-before-seen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table.  The elements are what we, and everything around us, are made of. But how many elements has anyone actually seen in pure, uncombined form? The Elements provides this rare opportunity. Based on seven years of research and photography, the pictures in this book make up the most complete, and visually arresting, representation available to the naked eye of every atom in the universe.

BURGESS BIRD BOOK:  Parents and young readers all over the world have enthusiastically welcomed the Dover reprints of Thornton Burgess's classic nature books, including the perennial bestseller, The Adventures of Peter Cottontail. In the present volume, the author's goal of introducing children to the fascinating subject of bird life is brilliantly realized in story fashion. While "interviewing" Slaty the Junco, Redwing the Blackbird, Melody the Wood Thrush, Spooky the Screech Owl, and dozens of other common birds, our guides, Peter Rabbit and saucy Jenny Wren — and, of course, the reader — learn about their physical appearances, eating and nesting habits, and songs and calls. Over eighty years after its first publication, the book remains noteworthy and valuable for its extraordinarily successful blend of information and entertainment.

BURGESS ANIMAL BOOK:  When Jenny Wren learns that Peter Rabbit would like to know more about the four-footed friends who share the Green Meadows and Green Forest with him, she encourages him to speak with Old Mother Nature who is only too happy to help. During their "classroom" chats, she not only teaches Peter about Arctic Hare and Antelope Jack but also tells him about such creatures as Flying Squirrel, Mountain Beaver, Pocket Gopher, Grasshopper Mouse, Silvery Bat, Mule Deer, and Grizzly Bear.
Told with all the warmth and whimsy of Burgess's stories, this engaging book acquaints youngsters with many forms of wildlife and the animals' relationships with one another. The charming collection of entertaining tales is sure to transport today's young readers to the same captivating world of nature that delighted generations of children before them.

STORY BOOK OF SCIENCE:  The wonders of plant and animal life told with rare literary charm by Uncle Paul in conversations with three children. Besides such stories as the ants' subterranean city, the spider's suspension bridge, and the caterpillars' processing, he unlocks the mystery behind thunder and lightning, clouds and rain, the year and its seasons, and volcanoes and earthquakes.

MYSTERY OF THE PERIODIC TABLE:  Send your chemistry students on a witty and instructive journey to discover the "nature of things." From ancient philosophers and alchemists to modern teams of scientists, Wiker outlines the genealogy of the periodic table, explores principles of theoretical and practical science, discusses the history of the scientific method, and introduces atomic theory.

THE SEA AROUND US remains as fresh today as when it first appeared over six decades ago. Carson's genius for evoking the power and primacy of the world's bodies of water, combining the cosmic and the intimate, remains almost unmatched: the newly formed Earth cooling beneath an endlessly overcast sky; the centuries of nonstop rain that created the oceans; giant squids battling sperm whales hundreds of fathoms below the surface; the power of the tides moving 100 billion tons of water daily in one bay alone; the seismic waves known as tsunamis that periodically remind us of the oceans' overwhelmingly destructive power. The seas sustain human life and imperil it. Today, with the oceans endangered by the dumping of medical waste and ecological disasters such as the Exxon oil spill in Alaska, the gradual death of the Great Barrier Reef, and the melting of the polar ice caps, Carson's book provides a timely reminder of both the fragility and the centrality of the ocean and the life that abounds within it. Anyone who loves the sea, or who is concerned about our natural environment, will want to read, or re-read, this classic work.

ERIC SLOANE'S WEATHER BOOK:  In simple language, Eric Sloane explains the whys and wherefores of weather and weather forecasting — and does it in a style that's universally appealing.
With humor and common sense shining through in a book that's also lively and informative, Sloane shows readers how to predict the weather by "reading" such natural phenomena as winds, skies, and animal sounds. This beautifully illustrated and practical treasure trove of climate lore will enlighten outdoorsmen, farmers, sailors, and anyone else who has ever wondered what a large halo around the moon means, why birds "sit it out" before a storm, and whether or not to take an umbrella when leaving the house.

SIGNS & SEASONS:  Using the biblical use of astronomy--for signs and seasons--as a foundation, this illustrated book will take a deeper look at the stars and sun we so often view. Filled with notes on historical practices, readers learn about where the terms A.M. and P.M came from, how Passover is linked to astronomical cycles, and the biblical heritage of timekeeping through the sky!

GALEN:  Gladiator medic, bold traveler, and personal physician to emperors, Galen lived an adventurous life in 2nd-century Rome---and became the greatest doctor in history! Weaving compelling biography with a fascinating account of ancient medicine and culture, Bendick introduces your kids to the surgeon and scientist who would become the standard medical authority for 1,300 years.

ARCHIMEDES:  Imagine a biography, a study of mathematical and scientific concepts, and an overview of the culture of ancient Greece---all rolled into one! Students will love reading this personal account of Archimedes---one of the greatest minds of the ancient world. They'll discover, like Archimedes, the excitement of ideas and learning! 

GALILEO:  One of the most important figures to come out of the awakening world of the Renaissance was Galileo Galelei. Often referred to as the "Archimedes of his time" Galileo was forever asking questions. Is it possible to measure heat? Is it possible to weigh air? Does the earth stand still or does it move? How fast do objects fall to the earth? His questions led to some of the most important answers of the scientific world and to his contributions to astronomy, physics, and mathematics. Galileo also advanced the astronomical telescope and invented the compound microscope. He measured the rotation of the sun, invented the thermometer, a geometrical compass and the pendulum clock. He was a man of faith, a lover of art and an accomplished artist. He played the lute and enjoyed working in his garden. He was the first to see, through the lens of the telescope, the wonders of our galaxy sights that moved him to profound gratitude to God. He was so ahead of his time that his discoveries caused him to be the object of persecution and injustice.

JOHN HUDSON TINER SERIES:  The History of Medicine covers some of the most important and life-saving remedies discovered, from ether and anesthesia to washing hands to discovering germs. Chapters focus on some of the most famous surgeons, doctors and scientists who discovered these principlesIn the Exploring the World of Biology, students will explore the life of plants, insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals, as well as about biological classification, seeds, storage of energy, and more. Exploring the World of Chemistry examines the stories related to the many discoveries made in chemistry, including why pure gold isn't used for jewelry, who Humphry Davy was, how 1870s people could jump over the Washington Monument, and more. As they work through Exploring the World of Mathematics, students will learn about the many advancements and branches of mathematics that have been developed as people encountered problems and relied upon math to solve them. Exploring the World of Physics covers how a feather and a lump of lead fall at the same rate and how the laws of motion and gravity affect everything from everyday life to launching rockets.

Science Curriculum

By Dr. Jay L. Wile

Want a science curriculum to use in conjunction with your living books, or in lieu of?  Berean Builders Science is a fabulous choice! 

 

SCIENCE IN THE BEGINNING: Introducing scientific concepts in the context of history, the days of creation are used as a structure through which a wide variety of scientific topics are introduced, including: light, energy conservation, air & water, botany, the solar system, zoology, and some aspects of human anatomy and physiology.

SCIENCE IN THE ANCIENT WORLD: Introducing scientific concepts in the context of history, students will follow the work of the "natural philosophers" who lived from approximately 600 BC to 1500 AD, particularly those Christians who studied the natural world in order to learn more about God. Arranged chronologically, chapters focus both on concepts as well as thinkers, including atoms, Hippocrates, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Galen, Albert of Saxony, Nicholas of Cusa, and finally Leonardo da Vinci and his insights into many different scientific topics.

Science in the Industrial Age 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.

Science in the Industrial Age Lab Kit

Spend more time learning with this ready-to-go kit! Your students will experience the effects of erosion; discover magnetic forces; learn how to grow crystals; make flaming paper that doesn't burn; create a model of an artesian well; and more. Includes copper wire, dish soap, duct tape, Epsom salt, peroxide, Ping-Pong ball, rubbing alcohol, steel wool, turmeric, yeast, and more. 

SCIENCE IN THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION: Introducing scientific concepts in the context of history, students will follow the work of the scientists who lived during the period known as "The Scientific Revolution," 1543 to 1700. Arranged chronologically, chapters focus both on concepts as well as thinkers, including Galileo & Heliocentrism, Descartes, Otto von Guericke and the Electrical Charge, Robert Boyle, Francesco Redi, Sir Isaac Newton and his laws, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, and others.

Science in the Age of Reason Introducing scientific concepts in the context of history, students will follow the work of the scientists who lived during the period known as "The Age of Reason" (1656-1850). Arranged chronologically, chapters focus both on concepts as well as thinkers, including Halley, Anders Celsius, Benjamin Franklin, Carl Linneaus, Joseph Black, Erasmus Darwin, Lazzaro Spallanzani, James Hutton, John Dalton, Thomas Young, and others alongside topics that include carbon dioxide, atomic theory, Celsius/Fahrenheit temperatures, conductors and insulators, evaporation, genera and classification, erosion, and inoculation.

Why does Halley's comet have a tail? What did Fahrenheit learn about thermometers? How did Euler contribute to our understanding of light? Corresponding to the 90 lessons in Berean Builders' Science in the Age of Reason, this well-equipped lab kit provides essential items to conduct hands-on experiments that illustrate the findings of renowned scientists. (Parents may need to supply some household items.)

Science in the Age of Reason Lab Kit

EXPLORING CREATION WITH GENERAL SCIENCE:  Designed to be a student's first systematic introduction to the sciences, Exploring Creation with General Science, 2nd Ed. explores topics such as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, geology, archaeology, biology, anatomy and other disciplines, providing a wide range of scientific exposure. Hands-on experiments are included throughout, giving students practical experience as they discover the principles behind the science! Looking at the world from a creationist position, topics are all presented with an eye towards God's role in everyday life.

EXPLORING CREATION WITH PHYSICAL SCIENCE:  In this study of Physical Science, you'll be introduced to the stunning world you live in, as well as the universe around it. From the composition of air to icebergs to astrophysics, you will receive thorough lessons in each element of the physical world. Topics include the atmosphere; hydrosphere; weather; structure of Earth; environmentalism; physics of motion; Newton's laws; gravity; and astrophysics.

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