Integrated Science (Explorations)
An “integrated science” course serves the purpose of a “general science” course covering both the physical and life sciences. These courses are “integrated” in that the fields of science are not compartmentalized. Biology, for example, is discussed in the physics chapters and elsewhere as is appropriate. For example, in describing the physics concept of inertia, we show how this applies to the inner workings of our ears and our sense of balance. We recommend this course primarily for students starting with Conceptual Academy in the 7th grade, and potentially for students starting Conceptual Academy in the 8th grade. Though students starting Conceptual Academy in the 8th grade should take a careful look at our Physical Science Explorations course. We consider Conceptual Integrated Science Explorations to be a two year sequence. Physics and chemistry in the first year (Grade 7 or 8), biology, earth science, and astronomy in the second year (Grade 8 or 9).
A two year Homeschool Planet automated planner is now available for this middle school integrated science “explorations” course.
Integrated Science, CISE Explorations (Grades 7 – 9) $125 (A 2 year course)
1. Copy this Course ID: CISEFull
2. Paste the Course ID into Conceptual Academy’s registration page.
Full Version (2 years)
Textbook: Conceptual Integrated Science Explorations, 1e. Sold separately
This self-study course collates all 39 chapters of the Conceptual Integrated Science Explorations textbook into 5 units and a total of 39 modules (one module per chapter). This course can be spread over the two years of middle school. Physics and chemistry in the 7th grade. Biology, earth science, and astronomy in the 8th grade. Along with a library of video tutorials and reading assignments, included are worksheets, interactive simulations, study advice from the authors, automated quizzes and homework with grade book, complete labs using household materials, and unit exams. This course provides a strong and enjoyable introduction to integrated science for the junior high school student. It also serves well as a precursor to our higher level Conceptual Physics or Conceptual Chemistry courses, which provide greater depth on a broader range of topics. To learn more about implementing this integrated science “explorations” course, download its teacher’s manual:
5 Units; 39 Modules
Unit A: Physics
Unit B: Chemistry
Unit C: Biology
Unit D: Earth Science
Unit E: Astronomy
Looking for automated planners? The planner for this CISE program spells out detailed assignments for two years of study (180 x 2 = 360 days). To learn more, please visit our Homeschool Planet planner page.
Sample Biology Video: Ecology
“Most of the scientific questions you’re curious about, or need to know, involve not just one discipline, but several of them in an overlapping way. What is the nature of the universe? That’s astronomy + physics. How are our bodies altered by the foods we eat? That’s chemistry + biology. What of our climate? That’s all of the above: physics, chemistry, biology, and Earth science!”