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Earth Science is designed to draw students into close engagement with the subject matter and provide a solid education while fostering a sense of wonder and responsibility for God’s amazing world.
Written for middle school-aged students, this book includes all the popular characteristics of Novare textbooks: smaller profile; vibrant, original, and relevant graphics; lucid conversational prose, and an approach that connects students with real-world science as stewards of God’s creation.
And of course, Novare’s guiding principles of Mastery, Integration, and Kingdom perspective are woven throughout the text. Mastery learning methods are present in the way key concepts, definitions, and skills are repeated. Students rehearse and reencounter prior concepts as they learn new content with a view toward more thorough retention. We also integrate relevant subjects where possible such as mathematics, history, language skills, measurement and more. This both enhances the reading and demonstrates the connections that exist between all subjects.
Novare’s Kingdom Perspective is evident in the attribution of the marvels of creation to God’s creative power. Author Kevin Nelstead regularly draws the reader to appreciate the intricacy and excellence of God’s works, tying in scripture without becoming heavy-handed.
Earth Science should be about much more than learning about rocks and mountains and the seasons. Think about God’s exciting mandate to steward and exhibit vice regency over creation! The best Christian curriculum will bring students into the wonder of God’s astounding creation and foster the mind of a gracious and caring steward.
Within the context of the fascinating study of landforms, minerals, and planetary phenomena, many other timely and important topics are covered including conservation of natural resources, climate change, pollution, and environmental justice, as well as the current scientific consensus concerning geologic history.
This text, like our others, includes learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, Learning Checks along the way to review what has been covered, and exercises at the end of each chapter. There is no teacher’s manual, workbook, test book, or separate experiment manual for this text. All supplemental materials are included in the Digital Resources for Earth Science.
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Kevin received a B.S. in Earth Science from Montana State University and an M.S. in Geology from Washington State University. He also studied for a year at Covenant Theological Seminary and holds a teaching certificate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His Master's research involved the study of Quaternary (ice age) volcanic ash deposits in the Channeled Scablands and Palouse Hills area of eastern Washington. He holds membership in the Geological Society of America, the American Scientific Affiliation, and the Affiliation of Christian Geologists and has 8 years of experience as an educator at classical-model, Catholic, and international schools. He and his wife served for over five years as a missionary in Romania with ReachGlobal, a mission agency of the EFCA. During those years he taught chemistry, physics, earth science and life science at Bucharest Christian Academy. Since 1998 he has served as a Senior Cartographer, Geospatial Analyst, and Natural Resources Specialist with the United States federal government. Kevin is the author of Earth Science: God’s World, Our Home and writes the blog GeoChristian. He has four adult children and lives with his wife in Montana.
Earth Science Errata (PDF)
Edition: 2nd Edition
Grade Level: Grades 6-8
Course Length: 1 year
Content Credit: 1 full middle school science credit
Trim Size: 6.5” x 9.5”
Color or BW: Color