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I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. While this publisher normally turns out excellent products, I felt that this one was definitely sub-par. The lessons were interesting to read and definitely inspired some creative thinking, but they were too laden with technical science for any practical purpose that I could think of. As an ELA person looking to infuse more STEM topics into my lessons, I found myself unable to follow some of the lessons myself, so I could not imagine how I would teach them to students. Bits and pieces were definitely useful, but the work as a whole was a tough nut to swallow. ( )
  mrbove | Jun 30, 2018 |
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Well thought out lessons. I can't use them as is in my classes due to time constraint but I loved how they combined ELA with Science. The lessons should certainly hold the student's interest. If you have time in your class for reading books I would strongly recommend checking this book out. ( )
  goth_marionette | Jun 3, 2018 |
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This book is designated for grades 4-6 gifted classrooms and focuses on ELA CCSS and space and Earth science NGSS standards for grade six. The author also states that the unit lessons would be appropriate for seventh and eighth grade general education classes. The book is comprised of twelve lessons including a culminating project. Also included in the unit are pre- and post-tests and rubrics, well-thought out handouts, you-tube links, suggestions for differentiation, and a product rubric.
While this book is technically over the level of students in my general education fourth and fifth grade classroom, there are elements that I can adjust and use. ( )
  Mrs.DuBois | May 19, 2018 |
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As a teacher, I always appreciate receiving books that are rich with lessons, lesson ideas, handouts, and rubrics. This book has all of them. Although I do not teach in a gifted program, I feel like I can modify these lessons to meet the needs in my classroom. I appreciated the connection between the science lessons and ELA. This would be perfect for students in a gift program or programs that allow flexibility in the curriculum. I would like to bring some of the lessons and videos into my study skills classroom; a class that allows me to pre and re-teach. Aside from the lessons, I enjoyed the thorough science information and additional resources. The writers did a nice job of including all of the appropriate standards. I especially like that they connected it to the standards and included a social-emotional learning component to all of the lessons. This is an excellent resource. ( )
  KWROLSEN | Feb 20, 2018 |
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This is an awesome-looking book. While I teach high school, I will be teaching 8th grade (not gifted) next year, and definitely intend to try out a few of these lessons. I do, however, wonder how useful these are in a typical middle school scenario where science teaching is separated from ELA teaching. I can modify a few of the science lessons, but there's no way I could get distracted into e.g. reading A Wrinkle in Time, because really, my job is just "science teacher" -- nice if I can add some ELA component, but I'd be rebuked for taking time out of the regular science curriculum. ( )
  jwpell | Feb 20, 2018 |
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