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Explore the basics of chemistry in this 14-lesson unit (146 pages). Through simple experimentation, interactive learning, and text, children will discover how our world is affected by molecular-level changes. In addition, children will develop safe lab habits and be taught about the hard work and dedication of historically significant people in chemistry. This unit is designed to match the open-and-go, faith-based approach that The Good and the Beautiful curriculum is known for, with hands-on learning that is essential for studying chemistry. Recommended for Grades 5–7, though some younger children may enjoy participating. (Note: Most The Good and the Beautiful science units are family style for Grades K–6.)
Lesson 1: Introduction to Chemistry
Lesson 2: The Scientific Method
Lesson 3: Scientific Measurement
Lesson 4: States of Matter
Lesson 5: Phase Transitions
Lesson 6: Atoms, Elements, and Molecules
Lesson 7: Chemical and Physical Properties
Lesson 8: Identifying Chemical Changes
Lesson 9: Elements and the Periodic Table
Lesson 10: The Atom
Lesson 11: Molecules, Compounds, and Chemical Bonding
Lesson 12: Conservation of Mass
Lesson 13: Mixtures and Pure Substances
Lesson 14: Properties of Water
The Good and the Beautiful curriculum takes a general Christian worldview, focusing, not on the doctrine of any particular Christian church, but on high moral character and basic Bible principles such as gratitude, honesty, prayer, and kindness. Parents can add in their own doctrinal beliefs as desired.
The curriculum is reviewed by members of many different faiths to make sure that the curriculum does not include doctrine specific to any Christian church. We have reviewers and users of the following denominations and more: Lutheran, Assemblies of God, Catholic, Baptist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mennonite, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nazarene, Methodist, Non-Denominational, and Seventh Day Adventists.