The Classical Conversations science cards were revised in 2018. Whereas the first editions each had 31 cards (numbered consecutively from 1-124 throughout the series), the 2nd edition sets include 36 cards, each labeled for the appropriate cycle (Seeking to Know: Famous Scientists is used over the course of all three cycles). These offer "pegs" on which kids can "hang" more information as they research and learn. Made from sturdy glossy cardstock, every card features a full-color image and title denoting the topic on one side, and in-depth explanation on the other side. These sets are reused every three years, so kids are encouraged to memorize titles first, and familiarize themselves with the explanations later.
Kids can play games with these cards, use them to facilitate further study, or use them in any way you come up with to supplement or guide science learning. These are Christian in orientation, so origins are approached from a Creationist perspective.
In one way the 2nd editions are slightly less useful: for the first editions, the upper right-hand corner of the front of each card included a color and subject heading denote the topic covered on that card. There were nine designations, which include biology, geology, ecology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, origins, anatomy, and famous scientists. These designations are no longer there.
Topics covered in Classical Conversations Biology & Earth Science - Science Cards include cell structure, animal reproduction, the Linnaean Model of the five kingdoms of living things, plant systems, features of volcanoes, weather phenomena, and more. Artwork includes graphs and charts, diagrams, photographs, and a couple of portraits. Students are introduced to a variety of information: biographies of scientists, technical terminology, scientific theory, and basic facts.
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