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Bible Integration**

Unit 1: Foundations

Chapter 1: Finding Your Way in God’s World

1

1A Lose Your Place, Lose Your Life

4–8




Help students understand the analogy of a map and science.

Expose students to the Creation-Fall-Redemption model of a Christian worldview. Get them to contrast that with a secular worldview.



2

Laboratory Exercise 1-1: Laboratory Safety

3

Laboratory Exercise 1-2: Scientific Reports*

4

Laboratory Exercise 1-3: Observation and Classification

5

1B Science: The Map in Hand

9–14

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Dispel student misconceptions about what science is and what it is not.

Inspire them to focus on using science correctly as a tool.



6

1C Doing Science: The Map in Use

15–19

,Motivate your students to consider God’s calling to be a Christian scientist by highlighting what scientists do.

1D Charting Your Course

20–25

Inspire students to view the act of science as ways to love God and love our neighbors.

7

Chapter 1 Review or Laboratory Exercise 1-4: Inquiring into Scientific Modeling

8

Chapter 1 Test

Chapter 2: Matter

9–10

2A The Particle Model of Matter

26–34

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Begin the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about police officers who are killed or injured in the line of duty.

Expose students to examples of how our worldview can influence our point of view on science.



11

2B Classification of Matter

35–41

Show how man is imitating God when he classifies things and how this is part of the Creation Mandate.

12

2C Changes in Matter

42–45

Help students reconcile in their minds how God has established the laws of nature but he still does miracles.

Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing the chemical properties of Kevlar vests.



13

Laboratory Exercise 2-1: Chemical and Physical Changes*

14

2D Changes of State

46–53




As a matter of interest, mention how creation scientists suspect the Garden of Eden was watered.

15

Chapter 2 Review

16

Chapter 2 Test

Chapter 3: Measurements

17

3A Scientific Measurements

54–63

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Open the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about settling boundary disputes without physical landmarks.

Show students how measurements can help us fulfill the Creation Mandate.

As a matter of interest, help students understand how the Bible uses many different cubits.


18–19

3B Accuracy and Precision in Measuring

64–70

Get students to care about accuracy! God’s people, of all people, should be careful to minimize error in measurements.

Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing GPS and measurements.



20

3C Calculations with Measurements

71–72




21

3D Measurement of Matter

73–81

Discuss with your students why Christians have an ethical responsibility to measure accurately.

22

Laboratory Exercise 3-1: Measuring*

23

Laboratory Exercise 3-2: Density* or Chapter 3 Review

24

Chapter 3 Test

Unit 2: Mechanics

Chapter 4: Mechanics: Kinematics

25

4A Introduction to Mechanics

82–90

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Kick off the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about safely transporting children in cars.

Discuss reference frames and time within the context of the Bible’s truths.



26–27

4B Kinematics: Describing Motion

91–101

Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing the development of child crash test dummies.

28

Chapter 4 Review




Laboratory Exercise 4-1: Yellow Light: Stop or Go?




29

Chapter 4 Test

Chapter 5: Mechanics: Dynamics

30

5A Forces

102–108

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Begin the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about developing cities vertically.

31

5B Newton’s Laws of Motion

109–114




32–33

5C Gravity and Free Fall

115–120




34

Laboratory Exercise 5-1: Center of Gravity*

35

5D Momentum

121–127




Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing elevators and how they enable modern cities to develop.

36

Chapter 5 Review

37

Chapter 5 Test

Chapter 6: Energy

38

6A The Nature of Energy

128–132

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Open the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about the urban heat island effect.

39

6B Classification of Energy

133–139




40

6C Energy Conservation

140–147

Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing how to reduce the urban heat island effect and to conserve energy in order to be better stewards of God’s creation.

41

Laboratory Exercise 6-1: Stopping Distances and Kinetic Energy

42

Chapter 6 Review

43

Chapter 6 Test

Chapter 7: Work and Simple Machines

44–45

7A Work and Mechanical Advantage

148–155

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Kick off the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about timekeeping, especially when the railroad began to transform people’s lives.

Explore how some of our best machines are imitations of God’s creation.

Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing how the Great Clock of Westminster works and helps people.


46

7B Levers and the Law of Moments

156–160

Help students see how science and logic, though they are useful, cannot ultimately reveal the nature of reality.

Prod students to give examples of levers in God’s Creation.



47

Laboratory Exercise 7-1: First-Class Levers*

48

7C Wheels, Gears, and Pulleys

161–165

Laboratory Exercise 7-2: Second- and Third-Class Levers*

Prod students to give examples of wheels in God’s Creation.

49

7D Inclined Planes, Wedges, and Screws

166–171




Prod students to give examples of inclined planes in God’s Creation.

50

Laboratory Exercise 7-3: Inclined Planes* or Chapter 7 Review

51

Chapter 7 Test

Chapter 8: Fluid Mechanics

52–53

8A Properties of Fluids

172–181

Teacher Demonstration 8-1T: Pressure

Begin the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about the 2004 Indonesian tsunami and the lives that were lost.

Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing how scientists are working to use fluid pressure to develop a tsunami warning system. Also be sure to mention Tilly Smith, a 10 year old who helped save lives on a beach in Thailand.



54

Laboratory Exercise 8-2: Buoyancy*

55

8B Hydraulics and Fluid Flow

182–187

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56

8C Gas Laws

188–197




57

Laboratory Exercise 8-3: Charles's Law/Finding Absolute Zero*

58

Laboratory Exercise 8-4: Boyle's Law or Chapter 8 Review

59

Chapter 8 Test

Chapter 9: Thermodynamics

60

9A Thermal Energy

198–204

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Open the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about exploring renewable energy resources.

When discussing the caloric theory and its problems, ask students the question, “Is faulty science sometimes a result of human depravity rather than human limitation?”



Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing sterling engines as a method of renewable energy generation.

61–62

9B Temperature

205–209




63–64

9C Heat (9.10–9.12)

210–216




65

Teacher Demonstration 9-1T: Temperature, Heat, and Thermal Energy

66

9C Heat (9.13–9.14)

216–221

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Some students have genuine questions about how entropy could have existed in God’s original perfect world. Help them reconcile these ideas in their minds.

67

Laboratory Exercise 9-2: Specific Heat*

68

Chapter 9 Review

69

Chapter 9 Test

Unit 3: Electromagnetism




Chapter 10: Electricity

70

10A Static Electricity and Electric Fields

222–230




Kick off the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about how people in the Middle Ages viewed God and his judgment by lightning.

71

Laboratory Exercise 10-1: Static Electricity*

72

10B Detecting, Transferring, and Storing Charges

231–235

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Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing the invention of the lightning rod.

73–74

10C Electrical Current and Ohm’s Law

236–242

Ask your students, “How has life changed for people since the invention of electricity? Is this a blessing or a curse?”

75

10D Electrical Circuits and Safety

243–249

Motivate students to see inventions in electrical safety as a way to love their neighbor.

76

Laboratory Exercise 10-2”: Circuits*

77

Chapter 10 Review

78

Chapter 10 Test

Chapter 11: Magnetism

79

11A Magnetism and Magnets

250–258

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Begin the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about traffic and pollution in big cities.

80

Laboratory Exercise 11-1: Magnetic Fields and Bar Magnets*

81–82

11B Electromagnetism

259–264







83

Laboratory Exercise 11-2: Electromagnets*

84

11C Using Electromagnetism

265–273




Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing maglev trains and how they can help society.

85

Chapter 11 Review

86

Chapter 11 Test

Unit 4: Periodic Phenomena

Chapter 12: Periodic Motion and Waves

87

12A Periodic Motion

278–283

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Open the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about very accurately measuring time.

88

12B Pendulums

284–287

Trigger student thought by asking the question, “How does periodic motion reveal that God values beauty? Think of musical instruments.”

89–90

12C Waves

288–299

Teacher Demonstration 12-2T: Wave Phenomena

Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing how atomic clocks use periodic motion.

91

Teacher Demonstration 12-1T: Waves

92

Chapter 12 Review

93

Chapter 12 Test

Chapter 13: Sound

94–95

13A The Science of Sound

300–309




Kick off the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about helping buildings survive earthquakes.

96

Teacher Demonstration 13-1T: Properties of Sound

97

13B The Human Voice and Hearing

310–313

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98–99

13C Applications of Sound

314–325

Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing how people can use knowledge of geologic sounds to retrofit buildings to withstand earthquakes.

100

Chapter 13 Review

101

Chapter 13 Test

Chapter 14: Electromagnetic Energy

102

14A Electromagnetic Waves

326–333




Begin the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about saving people’s lives through cancer treatment.

103

Laboratory Exercise 14-1: Frequency and Energy in the EM Spectrum

104–105

14B Electromagnetic Spectrum

334–342

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Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing how radiotherapy is used to treat cancer.

106

14C Radio-Frequency Technology

343–351

Stimulate student discussion about RFID technology and the mark of the Beast mentioned in Revelation.

107

Chapter 14 Review

108

Chapter 14 Test

Chapter 15: Light and Optics

109–110

15A Visible Light and Its Sources

352–360

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Open the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about reducing the need for major exploratory surgeries.

Trigger student discussion by asking the question, “How can a young-earth creationist explain the distance of some of the galaxies?



111

15B The Nature of Color

361–363




112

15C Reflection and Mirrors

364–367




113

Laboratory Exercise 15-1: Virtual Images*

114–115

15D Refraction and Lenses

368–377




Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing the use of fiber optics in endoscopies.

116

Laboratory Exercise 15-2: Lenses*

117

Chapter 15 Review

118

Chapter 15 Test

Unit 5: The Structure of Matter

Chapter 16: The Atom

119–120

16A The Atomic Model

378–388

Teacher Demonstration 16-1T: Flame Tests

Kick off the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about saving people from deaths and injuries in house fires.

Ask students, “From a biblical worldview, what is the ultimate fate of the matter on the earth today?”



121–122

16B The Orderly Atom

389–396

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123–124

16C The Nuclear Atom

397–407

Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing how smoke detectors use radioactive decay.

Help students unravel the assumptions behind radioactive dating methods.



125

Laboratory Exercise 16-2: Radioactive Decay*

126

Chapter 16 Review

127

Chapter 16 Test

Chapter 17: Elements and the Periodic Table

128

17A A Brief History of the Elements

408–414

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Begin the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about pollution from automobiles.

129

17B The Periodic Table

415–421

Laboratory Exercise 17-1: Elements

Reinforce with students how classifying is an important facet of dominion.

130–131

17C Classes of Elements

422–430




Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing fuel cell technology in automobiles.

132

Laboratory Exercise 17-2: Metals and Nonmetals*

133

17D Periodic Trends

431–435







134

Chapter 17 Review

135

Chapter 17 Test

Unit 6: Introduction to Chemistry

Chapter 18: Bonding and Compounds

136

18A Principles of Bonding

436–443

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Open the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about relieving people’s pain.

137–138

18B Covalent Bonds

444–451

Laboratory Exercise 18-2: Compounds

Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing how covalent compounds can relieve pain.

139

18C Ionic Bonds

452–455







140

18D Metallic Bonds

456–461







141

Laboratory Exercise 18-1: Identifying Bond Types*

142

Chapter 18 Review

143

Chapter 18 Test

Chapter 19: Chemical Reactions

144–145

19A Compounds and Chemical Formulas

462–471

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Kick off the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about knocking in gasoline car engines.

Don’t let naming compounds be a useless exercise! Help students find meaning in this work by discussing how naming compounds is important for dominion.



146

19B Chemical Changes

472–476




147

19C Types of Chemical Reactions

477–483

Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing chemicals called anti-knocking agents in gasoline.

148

Teacher Demonstration 19-1T: Chemical Reactions

149

Chapter 19 Review

150

Chapter 19 Test

Chapter 20: Mixtures and Solutions

151

20A Heterogeneous Mixtures

484–489

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Begin the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about the worldwide need for fresh water.

Stimulate student discussion by asking, “Can an evolutionist make valuable scientific discoveries?”



152–153

20B Homogeneous Mixtures: Solutions

490–499




154

Laboratory Exercise 20-1: Mixtures*

155

20C Solution Concentration

500–509




Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing desalination as part of the solution to worldwide water needs.

156

Laboratory Exercise 20-2: Phase Changes in Solutions*

157

Chapter 20 Review

158

Chapter 20 Test

Chapter 21: Acids, Bases, and Salts

159–160

21A Acids and Bases

510–519

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Open the chapter by discussing the dominion science problem about indigestion.

161

21B Salts

520–522

Tie in the opening dominion science problem here by discussing antacids.

162

21C Acidity and Alkalinity

523–531




163

Laboratory Exercise 21-1: pH of Common Solutions*

164

Chapter 21 Review

165

Chapter 21 Test




* This investigation is included on the Physical Science Lab DVD.

** Some of the Bible Integration topics are covered in the Teacher’s Edition margin notes and are not directly covered in the student text.





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