Welcome to the Elemental Science’s Product of the Month for May! This month we are featuring the first book from our living book series, The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 1: Zoology!
What is the book about?
The Sassafras series was born out of desire to make science fun and interesting for elementary students. Our hope was to create a series of living books that would teach the basic facts of science in the context of an adventure-style story, so that students would become excited about learning science!
In this volume, the science adventure begins for Blaine and Tracey Sassafras! The twins and your students will learn all about the amazing animals that can be found around the globe. They will visit locations like the Alaskan Arctic, the Amazon Rainforest, the African Grasslands and the Egyptian Desert. In the book, Blaine and Tracey meet a variety of local experts who help them to learn about the animals in the region. Along the way, they discover a budding interest in studying science. This adventure will teach your students about zoology in a way that they’ll never forget! Read an excerpt from the book.
You can enjoy this volume on its own or you can add in the activity guide and logbook on the next page to create a full science curriculum.
Who will benefit from reading The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 1: Zoology?
The homeschooler interested in using living books for teaching science or the homeschooler with multiple children who wants to use only one science program will benefit from using this series. The Sassafras series novels are on a 5th grade reading level, so a middle school student can read it on his or her own, or younger students and the whole family can listen to the book as a read-aloud. The activity guide has suggestions for older (middle-school) and younger (elementary) students. Plus, the logbook is very open-ended, so that you can tailor the program to the individual students’ needs. This way, you can have students ranging from K5 thru 6th grade using the same science program.
When you use the series as your main science curriculum, you will read a chapter in the adventure-style fictional book each week. Then, you will choose an activity to do from the activity guide which provides you with a buffet of options to explore the facts presented in the book. You can do a scientific demonstration, study related vocabulary, make a craft project or read more about the topics. Your students will also keep their own SCIDAT logbook as a record of their journey.
Where can I purchase the book?
What’s coming next…
The completed series will have 8 books, which will also cover botany, geoscience, geology, astronomy, chemistry and physics. Our goal is to release at least one book per year until the series is done. The second book in the series, The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 2: Anatomy, is due out on May 31, 2013. In this volume the twins will learn all about the human body as they zip around the globe. They will visit locations like an ancient tomb in Ethiopia, a garbage dump in Texas and a bistro in Italy. Blaine and Tracey will meet a variety of local experts who help them to learn about the different systems of the human body.
In addition to the novels, activity guides and logbooks, we are working on a series of lapbooks that will coordinate with the series. The first one, Lapbooking through Zoology, is set to be released in late 2013.