Planet Earth Digital Resources (Centripetal)

  • Planet Earth Digital Resources (Centripetal)

Planet Earth Digital Resources (Centripetal)


  • View Errata | View Tips and Tools Note: As of 2020, physical Resource CDs have been discontinued and the files are now distributed as digital downloads, accessed through your My Library user account. The Digital Resources contain resource materials to support Planet Earth. All files are in Microsoft Word .doc format except for answer keys, which are in PDF format. To access your documents, please create an account on the Classical Academic Press website at this link. Once the account is created, please notify You will be able to download your documents by navigating to the My Library page under your Account page. The Digital Resources are essential for implementing the mastery-learning paradigm central to the Centripetal Press educational strategy. The central component to our mastery-learning paradigm is weekly, cumulative assessments. The quizzes are cumulative all year long so that students are required to maintain a study strategy that keeps key concepts from previous chapters fresh while learning material from each new chapter. The Digital Resources also contains the Weekly Review Guide, another essential component for student success. Distribute weekly to guide students' review of key material from the past which will appear on forthcoming assessments. nOther useful documents include instructions and rubrics for teaching the course, sample schedule, and lesson list. nDigital Resources consist of documents only. Student resources are re-printable. The contents include:
    • Course Overview/Recommendations for Teaching – Describes the details of teaching the course including suggestions for pacing, organization, assessments, grading and more.
    • Quiz Bank – Quizzes in MS Word format intended for weekly administration. All are mastery-oriented, rehearsing some material and skills from previous chapters in an organized fashion, according to the Weekly Review Guides. Quizzes are one page of typically 3-4 questions and can be administered in 15-20 minutes.
    • Quiz Keys – PDF files of solutions to the computational sections of each quiz.
    • Semester Exams – Fall and Spring semester exams in .doc format.
    • All Answer Keys – All answers to chapter exercises, quizzes, and semester exams in one document.
    • Experiment Manual - there is no separate book to purchase for experiments. Including the 8 experiments makes this bundle a cost-efficient option. Lab equipment for the experiments can be found at school lab supply vendors. Printable hi-resolution topographic maps are included for conducting some experiments. Print them on a standard printer, or get them printed up at a print shop in the size of a large map for greater usability!
    • Weekly Review Guides – 27 MS Word formatted files to copy and distribute to students. This is a critical tool for enabling student success in a mastery education context. Each guide includes student review tasks and four review computations with answer key.
    • Lesson List and Sample Calendar – A list of lessons (one per day) describing what to do each day (pages to read, exercises to do, experiment and assessment dates).
  • E-book

    ISBN: 9781600515811

    Access available through My Library.

  • Kevin Nelstead, Author

    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.