- About the author
This physical science text is designed for grades 6–8. Novare Physical Science, 3rd Edition is beautiful and durable, and organized around the principles guiding all Novare Science & Math texts: Mastery, Integration, and Kingdom perspective. Topics covered include types of matter, energy, order and design in creation, forces and fields, measurement, motion, sound and light, electricity and magnetism, and the nature of scientific knowledge.
Good science instruction should draw students upward into the adult world of scientific inquiry. We start with a proven mastery-learning paradigm: through a carefully crafted program, students continually learn and build on their learning, reencountering key concepts and practicing scientific skills so that they become settled in the student’s mind. Each chapter begins with a list of quantifiable learning objectives and important vocabulary. Chapters also include periodic Learning Checks which provide a moment to stop and review. There are 12 “Experimental Investigations” included with the book, not in a separate manual, with instructions and materials listed. The teacher’s version of the experiment is included in the Digital Resources. Some experiments are demonstrated on YouTube videos.
Novare Physical Science is beautiful inside and out. With a mature, developed sense of aesthetics, this book is tidy and attractive. Students love the personal style of the narrative in which the author concisely and accurately explains the concepts with evident wonder and excitement at the marvels of God’s world.
Full program includes:
- Physical Science, 3rd Edition Novare Physical Science includes some discussion of epistemology (what kind of knowledge does science give us and how is that different from biblical revelation) and references from the humanities where appropriate to add greater dimension, to humanize and decompartmentalize science, references to art, music, architecture, technology, and literature. This text also devotes considerable space in chapters 4 and 7 to discussion about the meaning of the presence of order in the universe, and how this points to a Creator behind it. Furthermore, it discusses the nature of truth, theories, facts, hypotheses, and the nature of scientific knowledge. A Christian worldview and love for Christ comes through in the narration as the author leads the reader to wonder and care for God’s great world.
- Digital Resources for Physical Science These documents to help the teacher conduct class include a course overview, 29 weekly quizzes, fall and spring semester final exams, answer keys, weekly review guide, an experiment manual, and more.
The experiments for Novare Physical Science call for the use of a series of customer made "widgets" that can be constructed of wood and metal available at any hardware store. Schematics for building the widgets are located in the experiment manual. However, for those who do not have the means or time, we have them available in the Special Parts Kit available at this link.
Optional Resource Available for Purchase
You may wish to purchase the following optional resource to further supplement this course:
If you need to order the charter school version of this program, please visit this page.
Physical Science Experiment Parts List (PDF)
Physical Science Special Parts Kit (PDF)
Novare Physical Science Experiment Errata (PDF)
Ping Pong Experiment - Youtube video
Hot Wheels Experiment - Youtube video
Observing Chemical Reactions - Youtube video
Lab Equipment Bundle from Home Science Tools
John D. Mays
After receiving his BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, John D. Mays worked for 14 years as an electrical engineering and engineering manager in the areas of electrical, control, and telecommunications systems. Drawn toward the field of education, John acquired an MEd in Secondary Education from the University of Houston in 1989, and subsequently completed 36 hours of graduate study in Physics at Texas A&M. Shortly after joining the faculty at Regents School of Austin in 1999, John began work on an MLA at St. Edward's University, which he completed in 2003. John served as Math-Science Department Chair at Regents School for nine years and as Director of the Laser Optics Lab for 10 years. He founded Novare Science & Math in 2009 and is the author of numerous science texts and teacher resources. He now works full time as Director of Science Curriculum for Classical Academic Press.
Edition: 3rd Edition
Grade Level: Grades 6-8
Course Length: 1 year
Content Credit: 1 full middle school science credit
- Physical Science, 3rd Edition
- Digital Resources for Physical Science