Dr. Dave's Science Teaching Manuals

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"While other books offer science experiments, [Dr. Dave's Teaching Manuals] are structured so that sequential lessons build upon one another to teach well beyond a superficial level. Books were written for classroom use, but many lessons might be even easier to teach in a home setting than in a classroom." – Cathy Duffy (Read Cathy Duffy's review.)

Dr. Dave's Teaching Manuals show how to teach, interest, and excite elementary and middle school children in science.

Dr. David Purvis says: “Teaching science to children can be the most wonderful and exciting experience. But knowledge is not enough for success at this level; what a teacher really needs to know is how to teach, how to engage students in hands-on, inquiry-based science.”

Dr. Dave's Teaching Manuals give parents:

  • Visual and eye-catching activities to impart simple scientific concepts
  • Required materials all readily available at stores or in the home
  • Verbal jokes that appeal to children and help them remember
  • Experiments, projects, and artwork that enable children to discover and construct knowledge for themselves
  • Tips and suggestions throughout for further study for gifted or advanced students

Each heavily illustrated, full-color manual comes with downloadable links to stunning pictures and diagrams that can be projected for visual learners. Reproducible worksheets are provided at the back of the books.

The activities are easily adaptable for homeschoolers, giving you a practical guide and a simple explanation of important scientific principles, universal laws, and natural phenomena. These guides will enliven and clarify your teaching of science.

Dr. David Purvis is a university academic and a classroom teacher dedicated to improving and energizing science teaching for children.

"Think of these as suggestions for fun, hands-on science activities that are easy and really work to supplement your science curricula, rather than as an entire course to get through. If your kids love worksheets, there are some in the teacher resources, but if they hate worksheets, then skip them. Pick and choose and have fun! " – Kristin on the RFP Homeschoolers' Support Forum

"Based on his years of experience as a classroom science teacher and now as a mentor and instructor to budding science teachers, Dr. Purvis has written one of the most comprehensive, creative, and useful manuals for teaching science it has been my pleasure to read. His devotion to constructivist pedagogies and his love of science as a way of knowing and understanding the world is evinced on every page." – Marc A. Meyer, M.Phil., Ph.D., Director of High School Design and Founding Principal, Success Academy Charter Schools, NY

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." – Confucius

"Based on his years of experience as a classroom science teacher and now as a mentor and instructor to budding science teachers, Dr. Purvis has written one of the most comprehensive, creative, and useful manuals for teaching science it has been my pleasure to read. His devotion to constructivist pedagogies and his love of science as a way of knowing and understanding the world is evinced on every page." – Marc A. Meyer, M.Phil., Ph.D., Director of High School Design and Founding Principal, Success Academy Charter Schools, NY

Dr. Dave's Teaching Manuals show how to teach, interest, and excite elementary and middle school students in science.

Dr. David Purvis says: “Teaching science to children can be the most wonderful and exciting experience. But knowledge is not enough for success at this level; what a teacher really needs to know is how to teach, how to engage students in hands-on, inquiry-based science.”

Dr. Dave's Teaching Manuals give teachers:

  • Visual and eye-catching activities to impart simple scientific concepts
  • Safety and clean-up tips and how to save money on materials
  • Verbal jokes that appeal to children and help them remember
  • Experiments, projects, and artworks that enable children to discover and construct knowledge for themselves
  • Classroom-based advice on how to deal with potential disruptions and diversions
  • Tips and suggestions throughout for further study for gifted or more advanced students

Each heavily illustrated, full-color manual comes with downloadable links to stunning pictures and diagrams that can be projected to animate your class discussions. Reproducible worksheets are provided at the back of the books. No teacher can fail to appreciate that these guides will enliven and clarify their teaching of science.

Dr. David Purvis is a university academic and a classroom teacher dedicated to improving and energizing science teaching for children.

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." – Confucius

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Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual: Our Solar System

Author: Purvis, David Ph.D.

Subjects: Science; Teacher Resources; Solar System; Space

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Order code: 7787

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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This book will inspire instructors and students and will enable them to have a better understanding of our solar system. It beautifully presents simple explanations with intriguing activities using readily available materials. Teach the structure of the Sun, show the planets, asteroids, and meteors, and demonstrate revolution and rotation in a fun and hands-on way.

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

This book will inspire instructors and students and will enable them to have a better understanding of our solar system. It beautifully presents simple explanations with intriguing activities using readily available materials. Teach the structure of the Sun, show the planets, asteroids, and meteors, and demonstrate revolution and rotation in a fun and hands-on way.

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

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Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual: The Oceans

Author: Purvis, David Ph.D.

Subjects: Science; Teacher Resources; Oceans; Marine Biology

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Order code: 7770

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual: The Oceans Cover

This manual covers salinity, tides and currents, the different layers of the oceans, food chains, fish, mammals, and other ocean life. It contains activities that will engage students and is replete with humor that appeals to young learners.

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

This manual covers salinity, tides and currents, the different layers of the oceans, food chains, fish, mammals, and other ocean life. It contains activities that will engage students and is replete with humor that appeals to young learners.

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

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Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual: Chemistry

Author: Purvis, David Ph.D.

Subjects: Science; Teacher Resources; Chemistry

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Order code: 7801

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual: Chemistry Cover

This manual covers solutions, balancing chemical equations, the pH scale, chromatography, and the separation of colored substances. Because chemistry is a subject that is naturally rich in physical science topics, students who are learning about the reaction between vinegar and baking soda, for example, also will be engaged in learning about the law of conservation of mass. Students will discover and construct knowledge for themselves using inquiry-based real science. The manual includes reproducible worksheets, games, and activities.

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

This manual covers solutions, balancing chemical equations, the pH scale, chromatography, and the separation of colored substances. Because chemistry is a subject that is naturally rich in physical science topics, students who are learning about the reaction between vinegar and baking soda, for example, also will be engaged in learning about the law of conservation of mass. Students will discover and construct knowledge for themselves using inquiry-based real science. The manual includes reproducible worksheets, games, and activities.

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

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Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual: Phases of Matter

Author: Purvis, David Ph.D.

Subjects: Science; Teacher Resources; Elementary chemistry

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Order code: 7794

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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This is the perfect introduction to chemistry at the elementary level: it's all about liquids, solids, gases, and lots of slime! Activities include making crystals and the processes of evaporation and condensation. The manual also contains safety advice and budget tips, quizzes, and word games.

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

This is the perfect introduction to chemistry at the elementary level: it's all about liquids, solids, gases, and lots of slime! Activities include making crystals and the processes of evaporation and condensation. The manual also contains safety advice and budget tips, quizzes, and word games.

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

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Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual: Electricity

Author: Purvis, David Ph.D.

Subjects: Science; Teacher Resources; Electricity

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Order code: 7763

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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This manual offers an introduction to basic electricity. It provides the fundamentals of circuits, insulators and conductors, batteries, resistance, and magnetism. It also explains how to make an electromagnet, as well as a battery from lemon juice. There are dozens of practical experiments, humor to enjoy, and ideas for taking things further for gifted children.

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

This manual offers an introduction to basic electricity. It provides the fundamentals of circuits, insulators and conductors, batteries, resistance, and magnetism. It also explains how to make an electromagnet, as well as a battery from lemon juice. There are dozens of practical experiments, humor to enjoy, and ideas for taking things further for gifted children.

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

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Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual: The Cell

Author: Purvis, David Ph.D.

Subjects: Science; Teacher Resources; Biology; Cells

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Order code: 7818

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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This manual is about plant and animal cells—their similarities and their differences. Students will learn about cell parts and functions, including the cell membrane, lipids, diffusion, osmosis, prokaryotes and eukaryotes, organelles, the genetic code, and viruses. This thorough and detailed manual introduces complex subjects through simple yet dramatic experiments. It also explains how to use a microscope. 

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

From the Cathy Duffy review: "...one student activity, the Eggcellent Experiment, continues through the first five topics, demonstrating various concepts with additional steps in the experiment each time. Most student activities don’t carry across lessons like this, but I love the way it ties the lessons together."

This manual is about plant and animal cells—their similarities and their differences. Students will learn about cell parts and functions, including the cell membrane, lipids, diffusion, osmosis, prokaryotes and eukaryotes, organelles, the genetic code, and viruses. This thorough and detailed manual introduces complex subjects through simple yet dramatic experiments. It also explains how to use a microscope. 

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

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Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual: Digestive System

Author: Purvis, David Ph.D.

Subjects: Science; Digestion

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

ISBN: 978-0-89824-775-6

Order code: 7756

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual: Digestive System Cover

This manual contains everything you need to teach a unit on the digestive system, with full-color illustrations, hints and tips, and detailed activities. The easy demonstrations use basic materials such as crackers, construction paper, oil, and marshmallows. There are reproducible worksheets, safety tips, advice on how to keep children focused, enrichment extensions, vocabulary word lists, and puzzles to reinforce the learning. There are dozens of activities and topics to choose from at various levels, as well as a wonderful "end-of-it-all" demonstration to simulate how the digestive system works.

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

This manual contains everything you need to teach a unit on the digestive system, with full-color illustrations, hints and tips, and detailed activities. The easy demonstrations use basic materials such as crackers, construction paper, oil, and marshmallows. There are reproducible worksheets, safety tips, advice on how to keep students focused, enrichment extensions, vocabulary word lists, and puzzles to reinforce the learning. There are dozens of activities and topics to choose from at various levels, as well as a wonderful "end-of-it-all" demonstration to simulate how the digestive system works.

This is a visually stunning book with extra material available for download.

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Dr. Dave's Teaching Manuals: Set of All Seven Books

Author: Purvis, David Ph.D.

Order code: PUR7

Price: $210.00
Website price: $180.00

The set includes all seven of Dr. Dave's Teaching Manuals at a reduced price.

The set includes all seven of Dr. Dave's Teaching Manuals at a reduced price.

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