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We found this to be a delightful review of Earth Science with excellent visuals that are excellent for auditory and visual learners. We watched this DVD through twice and found
NO EVOLUTIONARY MATERIAL in it.
Kevin is a fifth-grader who actually enjoys taking science tests because he knows the perfect way to become well prepared. Even difficult science concepts can be easy to grasp with clear explanations and animations. Marko, a humanoid pencil, has just the right tips to help Kevin understand science, have fun, and get ready for tests.
Kevin is already waiting at Marko’s Super Science Station when he is joined by Marko and Terra, an animated globe who “knows a thing or two about Earth science.” As Terra explains, “Earth science has a lot to do with understanding astronomy, geology, meteorology, and more.” Kevin begins his science test preparation with the solar system, learning about the sun and the eight planets that orbit the sun. Marko and Terra show Kevin an easy and entertaining way to remember the planets.
But that’s not all. Kevin soon learns all about the asteroid belt, dwarf planets, and comets. What happens in space affects things on earth. Kevin gets a good grasp of how Earth and the sun interact to create day and night and cause the seasons.
Kevin and his friends have lots more to explore, including exactly how the water cycle influences weather. He learns a catchy song about evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and accumulation. He finds out how changes in air pressure cause wind.
In the Geology Learning Center, Kevin discovers different kinds of rocks and how they were formed. He learns that fossils give clues as to what the environment was like. Plus, he attends a cool “rock concert” performed by animated rocks: Sedimentary Sandstone, Igneous Granite, and Metamorphic Marble. After “rocking out,” Kevin is ready for an experiment involving mineralogy: he uses properties such as color, luster, hardness, and streak to identify an unknown mineral sample.
Kevin next blasts off, compliments of a volcano, to the Topographic Learning Center. There, he finds out what caused changes in the Earth’s surface throughout time and learns about plate tectonics and the development of shield volcanoes, cinder cones, and stratovolcanoes. He also experiences weathering and erosion. Lots of humor keeps students laughing as they get a good foundation for the types of material they will find on an earth science test. Animated examples help students understand sediment, erosion, glaciers, and deposition.
Any Earth science adventure would be incomplete without a visit to the Energy and Resource Learning Center, where Kevin explores different kinds of perpetual resources, including the sun, the wind, geothermal energy, and the ocean. He learns about renewable and nonrenewable resources, along with the latest ways to conserve energy and use energy more efficiently.
After the main portion of the DVD, students can go back whenever they want to review any section. The DVD menu makes this easy. Finally, when students are ready, they can join Kevin, Marko, and Terra to take a practice Earth Science test in the Bonus Section of this DVD. Marko and Terra coach Kevin on how to remember what he has learned and apply his knowledge to scoring high on earth science tests. It’s a great review for all that’s been learned. Marko even shares his secret website where students can download free study material to compliment this DVD.
Earth Science DVD is useful for parents or grandparents to purchase for kids who love science and want to learn more. It’s fun for any age, even kids much younger than fifth grade wanting to get an advanced understanding of science concepts. It’s also perfect for parents looking to help their students get prepared for standardized science tests, around the fifth grade level and beyond. Good test preparation helps ease anxiety.
Along with our other DVDs, Physical Science and the soon-to-be released Life Science, students will have a complete and highly entertaining approach to science test preparation. Teachers love these DVDs for classroom use. They may use certain segments to help explain or introduce concepts that students have trouble grasping. These programs can be an important part of boosting science knowledge and preparing for state-mandated standardized science tests in any state.
Marko the Pencil is played by actor Vic Mignogna, Best Actor 2007 American Anime Awards and the voice for many popular video games.
Get started immediately by helping your child or your students brush up on earth science knowledge and learn some really great test-taking skills.
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