The Critical Thinking Co.‘s catalogs was one of the first catalogs I was given when I first started homeschooling. Another homeschool mom gave it to me after falling in love with their products. And it’s no wonder. Critical thinking is actually something that can be taught. And taught by having fun. We’ve used many of their products over the past twenty years in our homeschool. When they showed up on our list for potential reviews, I knew that no matter what the product was, I would want to be a part of it. For this review, we received Surfing the Net: Science.
About the Product
Format: Paperback or Ebook
Let’s face it – computers are here to stay. Kids seem to have an amazing ability to grasp technology. My sons can find videos and games online faster than I can. However, ask them to research something online and suddenly they can barely remember how to even use the mouse! I’ve never been able to find a curriculum that shows them how to properly use the internet so this book definitely fills a need.
Surfing the Net: Science contains research-based activities to be used as a supplement to your science curriculum. The five areas of critical thinking that is covered are:
- Analyzing and Synthesizing
- Expanding Knowledge
The main topics that are included are:
- Ecosystems and Habitats
There are a total of forty-six different units. The unit will begin with a brief introduction and websites that can be visited. Then there are worksheets with links that are used to complete them. The first worksheet contains key words that are to be typed into a search engine. (There’s a video link given at the beginning that teaches more about how to conduct an internet search.) There are various types of activities – watch a video, play a game, search for images, view animation, use a website, take a quiz or read an article. Links are provided on each of the worksheet pages but they are also listed on the website so the student does not have to type in the URL, they can just click the needed link.
The answers are given at the back of the book.
How We Used It
I used this with my eight and sixteen year old boys. Each boy did units that went along with their current curriculum but I also wanted them to work together. Since we live in Florida and was finishing up hurricane season, I decided that would be a great unit to do together. Thankfully, we have not witness a hurricane personally but we watched a video showing how a tropical storm develops into one.
Although we have done weather unit studies before, it was great to see that they were learning new information. Did you know how the hurricanes are named and why some names are never used again? Now we do!
My youngest especially liked that this unit contained a fun online game.
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