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by Dennis Wagner

Number Twenty-Six, November 1, 2002

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RealScience-4-Kids Biology Level I Now Available

In October 2001 we launched our RealScience-4-Kids Curriculum with Chemistry Level I for 3-5 graders. The concept is simple: Take high school level science and repackage it in a way that is fun and interesting for elementary students. Now your 3rd-5th grader can progress from chemistry to biology and learn about concepts such as taxonomy, cells, photosynthesis, microscopes, life cycles, and ecosystems. We think its possible to teach kids good biology without giving Darwin all the credit. Download our sample chapter and discover why our colorful graphics and hands-on labs make learning this material fun for kids.

The Biology I Curriculum package is offered in electronic format and the CD includes the 77-page, full-color Student Text, 124 page Teacher's Manual, and a 55 page Laboratory Notebook for the single low price of $34.95. The Biology I text can be viewed online, or printed out to be used in a text format. All you need to run our electronic curriculum is a computer with an Internet browser and a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

By providing information through a systematic introduction of basic science facts, the RealScience curriculum gives every teacher the basic knowledge and structure needed to provide students with a good understanding of what science is and what it says about the world around us. Children are naturally inquisitive and want real answers to their questions. They are also naturally inclined toward hands-on experimentation. The RealScience approach combines these two natural interests to guide students into scientific thinking and actual science investigation. The main purpose of the curriculum is not to turn every student into a scientist, but rather to equip students (and teachers!) with enough foundational knowledge so that they can think critically about the world around them and evaluate for themselves the various claims and counter-claims they will encounter in daily life.

And don't think RealScience-4-Kids is just for homeschoolers. Traditional schools have also been ordering our materials for use in the classroom setting.

For more information on the curriculum, including downloadable samples, go to: http://www.RealScience-4-Kids.org

To order your copy of Biology I today for $34.95 plus shipping, go to:

http://www.arn.org/arnproducts/rs4k/rs10.htm

RS4K Biology Level I Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: LIVING CREATURES 1
1.1 The science of life 2
1.2 Taxonomy 3
1.3 The kingdoms 3
1.4 Further classification 7
1.5 Naming living things 8
1.6 Summary 9

CHAPTER 2: CELLS - THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE 10
2.1 Introduction 11
2.2 The cell- a small factory 13
2.3 Types of cells 14
2.4 Prokaryotic cells 15
2.5 Plant cells 16
2.6 Animal cells 17
2.7 Organelles 18
2.8 Summary 19

CHAPTER 3: PHOTOSYNTHESIS 20
3.1 Introduction 21
3.2 Chloroplasts 21
3.3 Why plants have leaves 22
3.4 Photosynthesis in other organisms 23
3.5 Summary 24

CHAPTER 4: PARTS OF A PLANT 25
4.1 Introduction 26
4.2 How plants live 27
4.3 Parts of a plant: roots 28
4.4 Parts of a plant: stems 29
4.5 Parts of a plant: flowers 30
4.6 Summary 31

CHAPTER 5: HOW A PLANT GROWS 32
5.1 Introduction 33
5.2 Flowers, fruits and seeds 33
5.3 The seed 34
5.4 The seedling 34
5.5 Signals for plant growth 35
5.6 Plant nutrition 36
5.7 The life cycle of flowering plants 37
5.8 Summary 38

CHAPTER 6: PROTISTS I 39
6.1 Introduction 40
6.2 The microscope 41
6.3 Movement 42
6.4 Summary 44

CHAPTER 7: PROTISTS II 45
7.1 Nutrition 46
7.2 How euglena eat 46
7.3 How paramecia eat 47
7.4 How amoebas eat 48
7.5 How other protozoa eat 49
7.6 Summary 49

CHAPTER 8: THE FROG LIFE CYCLE 50
8.1 Introduction 51
8.2 Stage I: the egg 52
8.3 Stage II: the tadpole 52
8.4 Stage III: from tadpole to frog 53
8.5 The adult frog 54
8.6 Summary 55

CHAPTER 9: THE BUTTERFLY LIFE CYCLE 56
9.1 Introduction 57
9.2 Stage 1: the egg 58
9.3 Stage 2: the caterpillar 58
9.4 Stage 3:the cocoon 59
9.5 Stage 4: the butterfly 60
9.6 Summary 61

CHAPTER 10: OUR BALANCED WORLD 62
10.1 Introduction 63
10.2 Ecosystems 63
10.3 The food cycle 64
10.4 The air cycle 65
10.5 The water cycle 65
10.6 Summary 66
Index-Glossary


WEDGE UPDATE: "TEACHING THE CONTROVERSY "WINS IN OHIO

In this week's Wedge Update, Mark Hartwig summarizes the October 15 Ohio Board of Education decision to "teach the controversy" about biological origins, and talks about how that decision relates to Intelligent Design. He also includes a list of ID resources for anyone troubled by how evolution is being taught in their local school district. You can read more at: http://www.arn.org/docs/wedge/mh_wedge_021023.htm


RAPID

REALITY CHECK FOR ID: DEMBSKI'S KEYNOTE SPEECH FROM RAPID

Over 50 scholars came together this past weekend at Biola University to investigate the current state on intelligent design research (named the RAPID conference for Research and Progress in Intelligent Design). You can read more about the schedule and attendees at www.iscid.org/rapid/

William Dembski delivered the keynote address on Friday evening and outlined the what needs to happen next for the Intelligent Design movement to be recognized as a disciplined science. You can read the full article at: http://www.arn.org/docs/dembski/wd_disciplinedscience.htm

We will keep you posted if tapes or proceedings of the entire event are made available.


NEW BOOK BY BENJAMIN WIKER ON MORAL DARWINISM

Ever since Darwin published his book, On the Origin of Species, his theory has been both praised and blamed for changing Western morals. In his new book, Benjamin Wiker, a lecturer in the history and philosophy of science at the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio), argues that Darwin has gotten too much credit for that accomplishment. He advances the claim that Darwin's theory, far from being a revolutionary discovery, was actually the culmination of a longstanding moral and metaphysical movement that originated with the ancient Greek materialist and hedonist, Epicurus.

Wiker traces the trajectory of Epicurus' ideas as they spread through the ancient world, were refuted by early Christian thinkers, and then revived during the Renaissance. His historical account convincingly demonstrates that the moral and metaphysical "implications" of Darwinism were actually its guiding spirit.

To order this book for $13.95 plus shipping go to:
http://www.arn.org/arnproducts/php/book_show_item.php?id=56


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