"Astronomy Curriculum Unit" is collection of texts, Parent Lesson Plans, and ancillary DVDs that are perfect for a study of Astronomy in Biblically-based homeschools or Christian school.
Includes 3 books, 2 DVDs, and 1 detailed lesson plan - that is available at a 25% SAVINGS off the retail price.
The Astronomy Book
by Dr. Jonathan Henry
80 page harcover
Retail Price: $15.99
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Part of the Wonders of Creation
The second book in the highly successful “Wonders of Creation” series (following The Weather Book), The Astronomy Book soars through the solar system targeting middle-school through junior-high levels. The reader will acquire a wealth of knowledge on subjects such as supernovas, red shift, facts about planets, and much more. Enhanced with dozens of color photos and illustrations (including NASA shots), this book gives educators and students a Christian-based look at the awesomeness of the heavens.
The Astronomy Book will teach you:
• What long-ago astronomers thought about other worlds.
• Solar system facts.
• How constellations relate to astrology.
• The history of space exploration.
• Black holes—do they exist?
• The origin and age of the moon.
• Why Mars doesn’t support life.
• The composition of stars, supernova remnants, and the myth of star birth.
• Asteroid legends and the extinction of the dinosaurs.
• Are there planets outside our solar system, and could they be home to intelligent life?
• What are UFOs?
• The age of comets and meteor showers.
The Weather Book
by Michael Oard
80 page hardcover
Retail Price: $15.99
FREE studyguide download below
Part of the Wonders of Creation
The earth was created to be the dwelling place of man. It is a complex world and its weather patterns affect our lives every day. Whether you live near the equator, a polar region, or somewhere in between, knowledge of the weather is important.
Learning about the weather is fun! It will change the way you look at the clouds in the sky. Now you’ll have more of an understanding about what is going on miles above your head. And when you hear a weather report on television, you’ll understand so much more about the world around you!
The Weather Book will teach you:
• Why our exact distance from the sun allows life on earth.
• How the weather on the other side of the earth affects you.
• How clouds form and how to identify the different types.
• What the difference is between a cold and warm front.
• Why you can often see lighting long before you can hear thunder.
• How to build your own weather station.
• How to survive in dangerous weather.
• What the greenhouse effect and the ozone hole are.
• What Noah’s flood and the Ice Age have in common.
• How weatherpersons forecast hurricanes and tornadoes.
• How to read a weather map.
• What our responsibility is to the environment.
Our Created Moon
by Dr. Donald DeYoung, John Whitcomb
80 Page Casebound
Retail Price: $15.99
For eons the moon has intrigued humanity. From its creation through the current issues of space exploration, the moon has been both a light in the night and a protective shield of earth placed perfectly by God, regulating our seasons and keeping our atmosphere purified. Billions of dollars have been spent to reach its surface and discover its secrets; open these pages and discover those secrets for yourself.
Now completely revised and expanded, Our Created Moon is filled with the most current full-color images, facts and figures, and innovative teaching resources:
•Developed as an educational resource for use in classroom study, independent learning, and homeschool settings.
•Filled with clearly-stated objectives built upon basic learning as a foundation for more developed learning skills.
•Loaded with provocative questions about the moon's history, purpose, record in Scripture, as well as a clear response to critics.
•Discover unique and fascinating facts and insights on the moon found throughout the text.
•Make your own interesting findings and observations from practical, inexpensive activities at the end of each chapter.
The moon is more than just a rock. Our Creator has perfectly and purposely planned it and placed it. Nothing has been left to chance.
• A wonderful study of our nearest neighbor
• Written for the layman in an easy-to-understand format
• Illustrations and explanatory charts included
We’ve seen the moon almost every day of our lives. We are so accustomed to its being there, that we sometimes take it for granted. God created the moon on the fourth day to be more than a conversation starter. Think about the following: The moon is the perfect size to reflect sunlight to the earth, allowing for a soft night-light. Without the moon, our seasons would be severe and unpredictable. Tides caused by the moon are essential for the health of the oceans. The life cycles of many animals follow the phases of the moon. The moon acts as a shield, attracting space rocks that would otherwise hit the earth. The moon has taken the impact of meteors that would have hit Earth. On the moon, there are 200,000 identified craters. On Earth, there are 200. These are just a few provisions that are supplied by the moon.
Our Created Moon is not just a little collection of trivia, but provides thoughtful and complete, factual explanations about Earth’s closest neighbor. Well-known creation scientists Don DeYoung and John Whitcomb share their knowledge in an easy-to-comprehend format.
What You Aren't being Told About Astronomy
Audience: Junior High–Adult
Presenter: Spike Psarris
Lengths: 109 min (Vol 1) + 63 min (Vol 2)
Retail Price $15 eachVolume 1 - Our Created Solar System
This is the first DVD in a series entitled: What You Aren’t Being Told About Astronomy”.
In this initial installment of the series, Spike Psarris gives clear and convincing evidence that current scientific facts support the Biblical account of creation, and defy the evolutionary model in multiple ways. Many of the planets and moons appear to be young, not billions of years old. Plus, these objects show evidence of design, not random processes.
In this DVD, you will tour our magnificent Solar System, and explore these wonders in the heavens. Along the way, you will visit each of the planets and many of their moons, through more than 230 breath-taking photographs and graphics from NASA and other sources. You will see how each planet uniquely testifies of its Creator.
Discover what you aren't being told about our Solar System! The evolutionary astronomy model has failed. Recent discoveries have revealed that each planet in our Solar System defies this model in multiple ways.Volume 2 - Our Created Stars and Galaxies
This is the second volume in the series. The first volume described all the difficulties for a naturalistic origin of the solar system, and the third and probably last volume in the series will be on the problems of the Big Bang. This series fills a gap in summarizing a host of creationist arguments in the field of astronomy. Mr. Psarris summarized Volume I and advertised Volume III in his second volume. Volume II is in spectacular color with abundant pictures and video clips from NASA, especially of galaxies and nebula. The presentation was easy to follow and would be good for teenagers and adults. Even older grade school kids would enjoy and learn from this DVD.
The DVD can be broken down into approximately two halves. The first half summarizes the many problems with the naturalistic origin of stars and galaxies. There are so many difficulties, assuming the Big Bang for sake of argument, that these objects should not exist. He provides numerous quotes from the secular literature to back up his points. He gave a good example of the problem of gas pressure,in which gas, such as in nebulae, want to expand and not contract in the supposed formation of stars.
The second half of the DVD is about viewing the universe from Scripture. Mr.Psarris goes through the Scriptures that relate to the universe and shows that the Bible correctly describes the universe, unlike secular theories of the past. For instance, the Scripture says that there are as many stars as the sands of the sea. But until the advent of modern astronomy, the stars had been counted to only several thousand. The Bible had it right all along because we now know that there are billions of galaxies with billions of stars. This is a lesson in life in that we should not jump to conclusions when secular ideas contradict the Bible.
Much of the second half focuses on the sun, mentioned a lot in Scripture, showing that the sun is unique from other stars and is a blessing to man in many ways. He especially points out that the sun is no ordinary star, for if it were, life could not exist on earth.
He summarizes three purposes for the universe in God’s creation.He presents a case for the anthropic principle—that the universe was designed in many ways for man. He briefly touches on the problems of the dating methods that give billions of years.
See the DVD for yourselves—the numerous pictures and video clips from NASA are a visual delight.
PLP: Intro to Meteorology & Astronomy: Parent Lesson Planner
Dimensions: 8.3" x 10.7" x 0.4"
Length: 152 pages
Retail Price: $12.99
Weekly Lesson Schedule
Quizzes and Test
1 Year Science
Features: Each suggested weekly homeschool schedule has three easy-to-manage lessons which combine reading, worksheets, and vocabulary-building opportunities including an expanded glossary for each book. Designed to allow your student to be independent, materials in this resource are divided by section so you can remove quizzes, tests, and answer keys before beginning the coursework. As always, you are encouraged to adjust the schedule and materials as needed in order to best work within your educational program.
Workflow: Students will read the pages in their book and then complete each section of the study guide worksheets. Tests are given at regular intervals with space to record each grade. Younger students may be given the option of taking open book tests.
Lesson Scheduling: Space is given for assignment dates. There is flexibility in scheduling. For example, the parent may opt for a M-W schedule rather than a M, W, F schedule. Each week listed has five days but due to vacations the school work week may not be M-F. Simply adapt the days to your school schedule. As the student completes each assignment, he/she should put an “X” in the box.
This is the suggested course sequence that allows one core area of science to be studied per semester. You can change the sequence of the semesters per the needs or interests of your student; materials for each semester are independent of one another to allow flexibility.Semester 1: Meteorology
The Earth was created to be the dwelling place of man. It is a complex world and its weather patterns affect our lives every day. Whether you live near the equator, a polar region, or somewhere in between, knowledge of the weather is important.
The Weather Book will teach you: why our exact distance from the sun allows life on earth, how the weather on the other side of the earth affects you, how clouds form and how to identify the different types, what the difference is between a cold and warm front, why you can often see lightning long before you can hear thunder, how to build your own weather station, how to survive in dangerous weather, what the greenhouse effect and the ozone hole are, what Noah’s flood and the Ice Age have in common, how weatherpersons forecast hurricanes and tornadoes, how to read a weather map, and what our responsibility is to the environment.
Learning about the weather is fun! It will change the way you look at the clouds in the sky. Now you’ll have more of an understanding about what is going on miles above your head. And when you hear a weather report on television, you will understand so much more about the world around you!Semester 2: Astronomy
One thing we have in common with the ancients is that all of the human race has gazed at the night sky, and the bright morning, and wondered, “What’s out there?” Our universe is so vast and awe-inspiring that to learn about it is to learn about ourselves.
The Astronomy Book will teach you: what astronomers thought long-ago about other worlds, solar system facts, how constellations relate to astrology, the history of space exploration, black holes-do they exist?, the origin and age of the moon, why Mars doesn't support life, the composition of stars, supernova remnants, and the myth of star birth, asteroid legends and the extinction of the dinosaurs, are there planets outside our solar system, and could they be home to intelligent life?, what are UFOs?, and the age of comets and meteor showers. Learning about the universe is huge fun!
In the almost infinite expanse above us, we can examine planets, galaxies, and phenomena so beautiful and complex that we never outgrow a childlike wonder. We see our own reflection in the moon, the stars, and in comet trails. The more we learn, the less we fear!