The Materials for Elementary Science
Below are the standard Science materials provided for each elementary grade. Some grades may include additional pieces.
The student edition provides grade-appropriate information through text, diagrams, graphs, charts, and annotated photographs and illustrations. Each book also includes Quick Check questions, a glossary, and an index. The Quick Check questions use highlevel questioning to promote understanding and critical-thinking skills. The student edition also contains an introduction to each investigation, exploration, and STEM activity.
Each teacher edition includes guided instructions for every lesson as well as useful information about science inquiry or process skills, the management of activities, and grading. Most of the lessons also include additional background information, crosscurricular links, and science activities. The teacher editions, combined with the student editions, also include frequent and varied opportunities for pre-assessment and skill measurement. Additionally, the teacher edition includes guidance for anticipating and overcoming common student misconceptions in science as well as opportunities for differentiated instruction, ensuring that all students have opportunities to grow their science skills.
The activities provides a variety of pages to aid the students’ understanding. Activities differ among grades and include investigation, exploration, STEM, study guide, preview, reinforcement, enrichment, Bible Connection, technology, and expansion pages. The activities answer key is available separately for some grades and available on the teacher’s toolkit CD and Teacher Tools Online for others.
Assessment packets contain one age-appropriate test per chapter, covering the most important concepts taught in the lessons. Although tests are important, BJU Press does not recommend that they be used as the sole means of determining the student’s grade. The assessment packet also contains a tailored rubric for each investigation, exploration, and STEM activity.