TOS Crew Review ~ AIMS Educational Foundation (6-9 Science)

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We had the opportunity to review AIMS Educational Foundations Activity book “Earth Science” – recommended for grades 6 – 9. It contains 446 pages and 48 activities.

Taken directly from the website about their activity books:

Improve student understanding and retention with engaging hands-on activities. Each book provides a variety of independent activities to introduce, develop, and reinforce the main concepts. Easy to prepare and use, and most of the materials you need are in your classroom or readily available.

Most of our books are also available as downloadable E-books. Say good-bye to messy copies; copy, paste, and edit activities for use on interactive whiteboards and projectors; and enjoy zero shipping cost!

Taken directly from the website about this activity book:

Our Earth is a very complex, dynamic planet. Earth Book will unlock some of its mysteries as students learn about three of the Earth’s spheres and interactions in a systematic approach to Earth Science. The book is divided into four sections: hydrosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, and their interactions of those spheres.

The Hydrosphere section contains activities dealing with percentages of different types of water on Earth and ocean currents.

The Geosphere section—the largest in the book—lets  students build models of the layers of the Earth, discover plate boundaries, compare and contrast different types of faults, map portions of the ocean floor, look at geologic timelines and fossil record, study different types of rocks and minerals, and analyze soil samples.

The Atmosphere section has students build models of the layers of the atmosphere, explore the properties of the air, classify clouds, and identify different weather fronts and their associated weather. 

The final section of the book deals with interactions of these spheres. It looks at the effects of uneven heating of the land and water with resulting impacts on weather and climate, the ocean as a great moderator of temperatures, and the processes of weathering and erosion

Students thrive as they conduct the many explorations and gain wonderful insight into the complexities of our planet. This book is an incredible resource for Earth Science teachers!

You can see a 30 page preview by clicking HERE.

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I found that this item was not something for our family – it really seems more geared toward a classroom verses a homeschool as a lot of the items needed for the activities are not items we have just sitting around our house. I found about 10 activities we could easily do. With that said, if you wanted to use this in a classroom, or a co-op, you are given the right to make up to 200 copies with the purchase of the book!

Something else I feel is important to mention – the book is NOT Christian based, nor young earth focused so beware if those are of importance to you (which it is to our family).

The cost of this activity book is $49.95 – I do feel the price is fair as this book does have a lot to offer. To order your own activity book, click HERE.

AIMS Educational Foundation has a lot of other items to offer as well mostly in Math, Science and Literature. They also have a magazine…you can check out past issues HERE.

For more information:
AIMS Education Foundation
1595 S Chestnut Ave
Fresno, CA 93702
Toll Free: 1.888.733.2467
559.255.4094
Fax: 559.255.6396

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

This product was reviewed as a part of the TOS Homeschool Crew…I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. Everything stated here is my own opinion. You can see the direct posting with the TOS Homeschool Crew and what my fellow crewmates thought by clicking HERE.

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