{Homeschool Product Review} ~ Apologia General Science

Summer is a great time to be looking at future curriculum, and so I was thrilled to get to review a science product from Apologia. I received Exploring Creation with General Science, 3rd Edition. This is Apologia's middle school science, meant for grades 6-8. I not only received the Textbook, but the Student Notebook and the Solutions and Test Packet.



If you are familiar with the Exploring Creation series from Apologia, this course follows the same format. The textbook is divided into modules. Each module focuses on a different general science topic; these include astronomy, geology, general chemistry, physics, life science, biology, environmental science, and more. The first three modules are the perfect beginning to any science course and go over the history of science, the scientific method, and documenting experiments.

Throughout the textbook are What To Do sections. These give you activities to complete, lab reports to fill out, and how to complete the experiments. Explore More boxes are sprinkled throughout - these give you further information about the topic. And the On Your Own sections give reading comprehension questions to answer.



One thing that I really liked was that at the end of each module was a Study Guide. This is a great way to get your middle school student studying for their test. The pages summarizes what they learned and has questions to help them study for the test.

The tests are great. There is one for each module. There are ten questions and they include fill in the blank, choosing a correct answer, and comprehension questions.



The accompanying Student Notebook is the perfect companion. All of the questions, experiments, and activities mentioned in the Textbook are in the Notebook. The Notebook is divided into each week and day. This makes it super convenient to know exactly what you need to do each day! And, at the top of each day, there are very clear instructions on what to do.



There are different worksheet-type activities to do. Answering questions, filling in the blank, and also spots to just add notes and information are just a few of the things to do in the Notebook. I especially liked it that the Notebook was encouraging the students to summarize and take notes. Below, you can see she was asked to write facts about scientists in history.


But there is an added bonus to the middle school level of the Notebook. Behind all of the module activity pages are the experiment pages. One of the goals of this science program is to teach your student how to write a formal lab report.

Like all the other Exploring Creation books, there is a detailed schedule in the Student Notebook.



This is set up to do science 4 days a week. Doing science this often will get your student through the entire curriculum in 33 weeks. Nutsy and I have been using this for the last few weeks and we got into the 4th week of study which was 4 days into the second module. We did spent between 20 and 30 minutes a day (4 days a week) on science.

The experiments done in this program are great. Here we are, doing one on density.


After shaking this jar of popcorn kernals with a buried ping pong ball and a lead sinker on top, the ping pong ball came to the top of the kernels, and the lead sinker went to the bottom. This showed that there was more density in the sinker than the kernels.


This was another one, where we saw what lime juice does to a corroded penny.



You can see that half of the penny has been changed, the half that was inserted into a lemon.

And here we were learning that warmth causes atoms to move faster.



In module two we are learning about the scientific method, and how to observe, make a hypothesis, test it, and analyze the results.

Our first experiment in this module was seeing if the weight of an object affected the speed at which it fell. We followed all instructions and in the Student Notebook she had to write her own hypothesis, record all data in a table, record the results, and write a conclusion.



One feature that I really liked was that there was an extensive explanation in the beginning of the Student Notebook on grading the notebook and experiments. There is even a rubric that is very helpful in grading the entire curriculum.

I did read ahead in the textbook and was very please with what I saw. The illustrations are top notch, and the text engaging.



As I scrolled through the pages I saw experiments on the earth's rotation, crystals, cloud formation, growing cultures and much more. And there is a complete list of supplies needed in the textbook. But I will say that most everything you will need are household items or items you can find at your local store.

I am super excited to continue using this with her! For those that have used the Elementary Exploring Creation series, this is definitely a step up, in a good way. This is challenging for middle school students and a great transition to high school sciences.

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Exploring Creation with General Science, 3rd Edition. {Apologia Reviews}

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