Friday, December 15, 2023

Planet Earth: Land, Water, Sky Review

You guys know I love Science!  I want to share with you a fun middle school Science program from Timberdoodle, Planet Earth: Land, Water, Sky.  Planet Earth is published by Centripetal Press and is recommended for kids ages 12+ or middle school.

Our compact book is 502 pages in length and contains 15 chapters on earth science including topics on our solar system, weather systems, minerals, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, and landforms to name a few.  There are a plethora of colorful illustrations and real life photos throughout our text to keep students engaged.

This earth science text is mastery-based.  Instead of cramming or the learn and dump method, the goal is for students to study and prepare in an effort to retain the content they are learning long term.  Because this is a rigorous text, the suggest pace is a bit slower.  It is recommended that students cover ~ 2 chapters a month.

I really like the chapter on matter and minerals.

Our homeschool mineral and rock kit

The experimental investigations in this course allow students to experience hands-on learning.  In the 2nd experimental investigation, students learn about how geologists analyze and identify minerals.  It was fun to break out our mineral and rock kit and look at their various properties as we tried to identify them ourselves.

I appreciate that this course is a slower pace so that students can really study and learn the material.  I'm excited to see what E remembers after we have completed this text and see how well the concepts transferred to her.  I'll keep you posted!

If you are looking for an easy to use science text for your middle school student, we would definitely recommend Timberdoodle's Planet Earth: Land, Water, Sky so far!

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Timberdoodle for selecting me as a Timberdoodle Blogger.  I received Planet Earth in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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