Another favorite is the list of quotes that you will find at the beginning of the guide. These are great as inspirational messages, copy work, writing prompts, discussion points, etc.
Even though I found the guide to be a bit "wordy" and wished there were more photos, printable activities, and the like, I did find the list of activity suggestions to be quite helpful and thought provoking. Having web addresses included to show maps of various places in the book is also a huge plus.
We began by wrapping the wire around the nail about 100 times, leaving about 8" of wire at each end. Then we used the sand paper to remove the enamel from about 1" of each end of the wire. AFter that we attached the ends to each end of the battery using the rubber band to hold it in place. This was to test it to make sure it worked. This will create an electromagnet. Next we took the nail and stuck it in the foam. We partially straightened a paper clip to go over the wrapped nail. We used the brads, as you can see below. On one side of a slightly separated paperclip we have one brad securely in the curve with part of the magnet wire wrapped around it. On the other end the clip is positioned just above the brad with the ends of a regular rubber covered copper wire wrapped around the brad and attached the "-" side of the batter. When you tap the paperclip against the brad you complete the circuit that is built, thus creating the electromagnet. This draws the paperclip to the nail creating a click sound.
Does YWAM's Heroes of History Thomas Edison Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?
The book you will want to read like any other book. But the guide is flexible enough that you can pick and choose what you want to do, and even alter it if needed.
2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?
This could easily cover multiple grades and ages. You could use this as a read aloud to younger students, or independent reading for older students. The guide is adaptable enough that you can spread it across multiple grades, and even reuse it once the younger kids get a bit older. Of course, there are no hidden fees.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
We found the material was presented in a fun and entertaining way that was not boring. You can adjust the duration to fit your needs.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have?
This could easily tie together reading, geography, science, and history. The curriculum guide is a Unit Study, so it encompasses a multi-subject format and approach.