Basic Science Mysteries is designed as a seventh-grade science course. Five soft-cover texts cover Earth and life sciences, plus studies on the Periodic Table of the Elements and the solar system. Each scientific concept is enhanced by adventure vignettes in which young people help solve community mysteries by applying the scientific method of discovery and positive character traits, such as integrity, honesty, commitment, diligence, and kindness. Five companion activity books are designed to “walk” students through the five Basic Science Mysteries texts in chronological order, enabling students to complete academics with clarity and understanding. A unique feature of all Paradigm courses are inclusion of virtues designed to influence character and development of personal responsibility. The narrative, high-interest, approach of Basic Science Mysteries engages students so they progress through comprehensive scientific material with captivating engagement. Students are exposed to scientific evidence which explores traditional and contemporary theories about the origin of life and the formation of our planet and universe. Texts and activities combine to allow students to evaluate scientific theories rationally. Selected questions in each Activity also serve as preparation for state academic assessment exams. This course is applicable in regular classrooms or in individualized learning programs in which students progress through the course as rapidly as desired or as slowly as needed.
AS A READING ENHANCEMENT TEXT
Basic Science Mysteries texts and Activities also accommodate high school students who struggled through science courses in another publisher’s text or who need help or elective credit in Reading Enhancement (this is possible because of the manner in which the activity questions are structured). Students may complete the five chapters of texts and companion activity books, section quizzes and chapter tests of BSM, either to learn essential science content or to earn one high school Reading Enhancement transcript credit.
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