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
  • Demonstration and activity ideas that require materials readily available at stores or in the home
  • Experiments, projects, and artwork ideas that enable children to discover and construct knowledge for themselves
  • Verbal jokes and riddles that appeal to children and help them remember
  • Tips and suggestions throughout for further study for gifted or advanced students

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

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! " – Homeschooling parent

"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 sets of 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

"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 sets of 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
  • Experiments, projects, and artwork ideas that enable children to discover and construct knowledge for themselves
  • Safety and clean-up tips, as well as advice on how to save money on materials
  • Verbal jokes and riddles that appeal to children and help them remember
  • Tips and suggestions throughout for further study for gifted or advanced students

Each heavily illustrated, full-color manual comes with downloadable pictures and diagrams that can be projected to animate your class discussions. Reproducible worksheets are provided at the back of the books and are also available for download. 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.

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Our Solar System: Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-818-2

Order code: 8182

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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This manual will inspire instructors and students and will enable them to have a better understanding of our solar system. It explores the general features of our solar system, as well as the Sun, the inner and outer planets, asteroids and meteors, craters, and more. It also covers the concepts of revolution and rotation. It presents simple explanations with intriguing activities using readily available materials, offering children opportunities to learn in fun and hands-on ways.

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

This manual will inspire instructors and students and will enable them to have a better understanding of our solar system. It explores the general features of our solar system, as well as the Sun, the inner and outer planets, asteroids and meteors, craters, and more. It also covers the concepts of revolution and rotation. It presents simple explanations with intriguing activities using readily available materials, offering children opportunities to learn in fun and hands-on ways.

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

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Oceans: Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

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

ISBN: 978-0-88092-816-8

Order code: 8168

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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This manual covers all the basics of the ocean, including salinity; waves, currents, and tides; the ocean floor; the different layers of the ocean; fish, mammals, and other ocean life; and food chains in the ocean. It contains demonstrations and activities that will engage students and is replete with humor that appeals to young learners.

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

This manual covers all the basics of the ocean, including salinity; waves, currents, and tides; the ocean floor; the different layers of the ocean; fish, mammals, and other ocean life; and food chains in the ocean. It contains demonstrations and activities that will engage students and is replete with humor that appeals to young learners.

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

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The Digestive System: Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Purvis, David, Ph.D.

Subjects: Science; Digestion

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

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

ISBN: 978-0-88092-822-9

Order code: 8229

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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This manual contains detailed instructions for teaching students about the digestive system, including eye-catching demonstrations and fun, inquiry-based activities that allow young children to use the scientific method. It begins with an explanation of mechanical digestion in the mouth, explains the role of enzymes in the process of chemical digestion, and then follows the process through the esophagus, stomach, and small and large intestines. It examines the roles of the liver, pancrease, and gallbladder, as well as the appendix, and it ends with a final role-play activity in which students get to simulate how the entire digestive system works.

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

This manual contains detailed instructions for teaching students about the digestive system, including eye-catching demonstrations and fun, inquiry-based activities that allow young children to use the scientific method. It begins with an explanation of mechanical digestion in the mouth, explains the role of enzymes in the process of chemical digestion, and then follows the process through the esophagus, stomach, and small and large intestines. It examines the roles of the liver, pancrease, and gallbladder, as well as the appendix, and it ends with a final role-play activity in which students get to simulate how the entire digestive system works.

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

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Electricity: Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Purvis, David, Ph.D.

Subjects: Science; Teacher Resources; Electricity

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

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

ISBN: 978-0-88092-817-5

Order code: 8175

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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This manual offers an introduction to basic electricity. It covers the fundamentals of circuits, insulators and conductors, batteries, resistance, and magnetism, and it concludes with a lesson on static electricity and lightning. The book also explains how to make an electromagnet, as well as how to construct a battery from orange juice. There are dozens of teacher demonstrations, simple experiments for students to try, and recommendations for ways that advanced students can delve into the material more deeply.

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

This manual offers an introduction to basic electricity. It covers the fundamentals of circuits, insulators and conductors, batteries, resistance, and magnetism, and it concludes with a lesson on static electricity and lightning. The book also explains how to make an electromagnet, as well as how to construct a battery from orange juice. There are dozens of teacher demonstrations, simple experiments for students to try, and recommendations for ways that advanced students can delve into the material more deeply.

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

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Phases of Matter: Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Purvis, David, Ph.D.

Subjects: Science; Teacher Resources; Chemistry

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

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

ISBN: 978-0-88092-819-9

Order code: 8199

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 solids, liquids, and gases. Water is the most important substance on our planet, and teaching about its characteristics addresses many physical science concepts. As students learn about water, they also learn about the properties of solids and liquids, the solubility of salt and sugar, and crystal structure. The concepts of evaporation and condensation help students understand the properties of gases; they also learn the difference between mass and volume. Of course, no unit on the phases of matter is complete without giving students the opportunity to explore the characteristics of slime. There are three separate recipes in this manual for this wonderful substance, which represents the essence of a positive, hands-on, elementary science experience. This unit is rich in content and easy-to-run student activities. The manual also contains teaching tips, budget recommendations, and safety advice.

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

This is the perfect introduction to chemistry at the elementary level: it's all about solids, liquids, and gases. Water is the most important substance on our planet, and teaching about its characteristics addresses many physical science concepts. As students learn about water, they also learn about the properties of solids and liquids, the solubility of salt and sugar, and crystal structure. The concepts of evaporation and condensation help students understand the properties of gases; they also learn the difference between mass and volume. Of course, no unit on the phases of matter is complete without giving students the opportunity to explore the characteristics of slime. There are three separate recipes in this manual for this wonderful substance, which represents the essence of a positive, hands-on, elementary science experience. This unit is rich in content and easy-to-run student activities. The manual also contains teaching tips, budget recommendations, and safety advice.

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

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Chemistry: Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Purvis, David, Ph.D.

Subjects: Science; Teacher Resources; Chemistry

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

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-820-5

Order code: 8205

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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This manual begins with explanations and demonstrations of the differences between physical changes and chemical changes. It goes on to cover solutions, balancing chemical equations, the pH scale, acids and bases, chromatography, and the separation of colored substances. Students will learn about combustion and the science behind rust and tarnish. 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. The unit abounds in eye-catching demonstrations and attention-grabbing student activities. Students will discover and construct knowledge for themselves using inquiry-based science. 

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

This manual begins with explanations and demonstrations of the differences between physical changes and chemical changes. It goes on to cover solutions, balancing chemical equations, the pH scale, acids and bases, chromatography, and the separation of colored substances. Students will learn about combustion and the science behind rust and tarnish. 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. The unit abounds in eye-catching demonstrations and attention-grabbing student activities. Students will discover and construct knowledge for themselves using inquiry-based science. 

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

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The Cell: Dr. Dave's Teaching Manual

Subtitle: Second Edition

Author: Purvis, David, Ph.D.

Subjects: Science; Teacher Resources; Biology; Cells

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

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-88092-821-2

Order code: 8212

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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This manual offers a thorough introduction to cells. It discusses both prokaryotes (bacteria) and eukaryotes (animals, plants, fungi, and protists) using demonstrations and activities that show how the various kinds of cells differ from one another. Students will learn about the cell membrane, diffusion, osmosis, cell organelles, and the genetic code. They will spend several days conducting various experiments on an egg to help them understand the role of the cell membrane in the processes of diffusion and osmosis, and they will use a microscope to view different cells. The unit ends with a discussion on viruses. This manual is filled with helpful tips for teaching this complex topic successfully.

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

From Cathy Duffy's review of this book: "...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 offers a thorough introduction to cells. It discusses both prokaryotes (bacteria) and eukaryotes (animals, plants, fungi, and protists) using demonstrations and activities that show how the various kinds of cells differ from one another. Students will learn about the cell membrane, diffusion, osmosis, cell organelles, and the genetic code. They will spend several days conducting various experiments on an egg to help them understand the role of the cell membrane in the processes of diffusion and osmosis, and they will use a microscope to view different cells. The unit ends with a discussion on viruses. This manual is filled with helpful tips for teaching this complex topic successfully.

The book comes with downloadable worksheets for children, as well as an array of downloadable images to project for the students to see.

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

Author: Purvis, David, Ph.D.

Subjects: Science

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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