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Focus On Earth Science (Student Book + Investigations Manual) (Grade 6, California Edition)










The Focus On Earth Science student textbook contains comprehensive content that introduces students to key earth science concepts including energy, plate tectonics, weathering, earthquakes, volcanoes, and ecosystems. The text also integrates important ideas in science such as heat, density and buoyancy.
Reading strategies are built right into the text to aid comprehension. Science information is presented as one idea per page while content-rich illustrations and diagrams are found next to the relevant text. Easy-to-find main headings, sub-headings and side notes guide your students through the content. Vocabulary words are defined in special boxes on the same page where they are introduced. Chapter assessments, skill sections, real world connections, and chapter activities further extend students' learning.


Unit 1 The Scientific Process
Chapter 1: Science Is Everywhere
Chapter 2: The Science Toolbox
Chapter 3: Introducing Earth

Unit 2 Energy in Earth's System
Chapter 4: Heat
Chapter 5: Density and Buoyancy
Chapter 6: Earth's Surface and Heat
Chapter 7: Heat Inside Earth

Unit 3 Plate Tectonics and Earth's Structure
Chapter 8: Plate Tectonics
Chapter 9: Earthquakes
Chapter 10: Volcanoes

Unit 4 The Shape of Earth's Surface
Chapter 11: Water and Weathering
Chapter 12: Beaches
Chapter 13: Natural Hazards

Unit 5 Ecology
Chapter 14: Resources
Chapter 15: Ecosystems
Chapter 16: Biomes

Investigations Manual
The Focus On Earth Science lab manual contains 32 hands-on labs, eight Lab Skills activities, step-by-step instruction for setting up the lab equipment and conducting the investigations. This manual is coordinated with the student textbook and provides two hands-on investigations per chapter. This format is designed to help teach science concepts through inquiry and makes preparing and conducting lessons easier.
The investigations help a diverse student population learn key concepts with brief explanations, step-by-step instructions and hands-on experiences. Students explore the process of science, design experiments, and investigate key earth science topics.


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