Teaching several different subjects to multiple
children is hard enough, and it hasn't gotten any easier now that children
have their own set of distractions to keep them from concentrating on their
studies. With children becoming more accustomed to cell phones, social
media, and graphics-rich videos, the challenge of sitting down for an
hour-long lesson with a textbook can be pretty daunting. How can you make
your lessons meaningful and relevant for students who have grown up in such
a different world?|
The first step is to recognize that these new devices can enrich and
accelerate learning. When children have their attention focused on a cell
phone or a video screen, they are not just zoning out. They are digesting
information, and they are becoming engaged.
Research has shown that modern students learn in fundamentally different
ways than their predecessors. The way they read and study is heavily
influenced by their entertainment patterns. Digital natives, or children who
have grown up primarily in the 21st century, are likely to read texts like
they read a magazine. They look first at pictures, then at bolded text, and
then at content text, and they derive most of their information from the
Think about the way a traditional textbook is set up. The page is dominated
by text and highlighted by a few images or callouts. This format appeals
strongly to left-brain learners. For a textbook to appeal to both left-brain
and right-brain learners, it should include more visuals and offer
interactive activities to engage the right side of the brain.
Introducing ScienceFusion: New Energy for
ScienceFusion, the newest science program from Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt, is perfect for today's students and appeals to both left-brain and
right-brain learners. This revolutionary science program incorporates the
latest scientific research into a user-friendly program that presents
information through interactive worktexts and a feature-filled online
While other programs offer a textbook that may be accompanied by online
content mirroring the book, ScienceFusion gives students truly integrated
- Lessons begin with questions that
encourage students to think actively throughout their reading.
- Pertinent information is presented in a
visually appealing manner.
- Online multimedia content gets students
excited about science.
- Application and extension activities
throughout the lesson ensure that students develop a true understanding
of scientific concepts.
ScienceFusion is especially appropriate for students who wish to pursue
careers in science and technology.
ScienceFusion is available in kits that include both print and online
components that offer students multiple ways to learn and apply concepts.
The Student Edition worktext challenges students to ask questions and think
critically by walking them through the steps of Engage, Explore, Explain,
Extend, and Evaluate. The Online Student Interactive Digital Curriculum
augments the printed lesson with hundreds of additional activities. The
Teacher Digital Management Center allows parents to teach, assess, and track
the process of their students. The program's online resources can be easily
viewed and downloaded, and all quizzes and test are taken online and are
The Digital Curriculum makes science concepts come alive through exciting
videos, helpful animations, and virtual labs.
Available for Grades K-8
ScienceFusion is available in grade level kits consisting of an
Interactive Worktext, Online Student Interactive Digital Curriculum, and
Online Teacher Digital Management Center. For grades K-5, all the materials
for one year of study are included in the homeschool kit. The curriculum for
grades 6-8 is split into 11 modules, each covering a key life, earth, or
physical science topic. The modules are independent of each other, and three
or four modules can be covered in one year. Here is a listing of the middle
- Cells and Heredity
- The Diversity of Living Things
- The Human Body
- Ecology and the Environment
- The Dynamic Earth
- Earth's Water and Atmosphere
- Space Science
- Matter and Energy
- Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Sound and Light
- Introduction to Science and Technology
If you want to preview
ScienceFusion, you don't need to wait for the next homeschool
conference. There is a wealth of resources online for you to become more
familiar with the program. You can
preview the online curriculum,
sample a virtual lab, or
place an order.