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Harcourt Health & Fitness: Activity Book Grade 3 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
My 3rd grader's virtual public school is using this textbook for Health class. It's really well written, covers a variety of topics, has great illustrations, and has plenty of thinking/writing activities. He's able to easily read the text on his own, so I don't have to worry that he's missing the concepts while sounding out tougher words. I would HIGHLY recommend this book for homeschooling. The book is very well-organized. I will list the Table of Contents below, but the format and text features are worth mentioning. Graphics are a mix of very clear, mostly modern photos, clip art, charts and graphs. Colors are very bright and attractive throughout. Vocabulary words are listed and highlighted in the text. Summary and Review methods include prompts to Compare and Contrast, Draw Conclusions, Identify Cause and Effect, Identify Main Idea and Details, Sequence, and Summarize. Each of these is explained and illustrated in a section at the end of the book. The font is in Arial (or similar), large enough to read easily and black font on white or pale yellow backgrounds. Chapters are followed by Review and Test Prep questions in multiple choice and critical thinking (which can be answered in writing or orally). There is also an activity page at the end of each chapter to give the student opportunities to experiment further with the topics, explore through technology, and learn about relevant career choices. Appendix includes a handbook on First Aid and Health & Safety, Glossary and Index. In addition to the main topics, it also includes sections on Life Skills (Making Responsible Decisions, Communicating, Managing Stress, Refusing, Resolving Conflicts, and Setting Goals) and Building Good Character (Caring, Fairness, Citizenship, Respect, Trustworthiness, and Responsibility) which I found very helpful in incorporating the lessons into daily life. The units also have sections on Building Good Character and Life Skills (Communication, Goal Setting, Responsibility, etc) that are helpful too. Harcourt also provides an online printable Activity Book to help review the lessons. The book references a CD called Be Active! which might be included with new texts, but was not with our school-supplied version. The contents may be listed in the book details, but I'm including it here to give others an idea of the topics covered: 1 YOUR AMAZING BODY: Bones, Muscles, and Nerves Breathing and Digestion You Grown and Change People Grow at Different Rates Taking Care of Your Body 2 TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF: Your Skin Your Teeth and Gums Your Ears, Eyes, and Nose Health-Care Products Advertising 3 FOOD FOR A HEALTHY BODY: Why Your Body Needs Food The Food Guide Pyramid Healthful Foods Being A Wise Food Shopper Handling Food Safety 4 ACTIVITY FOR A HEALTHY BODY: Keeping Your Body Fit Staying Safe While Exercising Rest and Sleep for Health 5 KEEPING SAFE: Being Responsible for Your Safety Safety Around Others Safety on Wheels 6 EMERGENCY SAFETY: Safety Around Fire and Poisons Home Safety Disaster Safety 7 PREVENTING DISEASE: Learning About Disease Diseases You Can Catch Fighting Disease Diseases You Can't Catch Staying Healthy 8 MEDICINES AND OTHER DRUGS: Learning About Drugs Using Medicines Safely Harmful and Illegal Drugs Say NO to Drugs 9 AVOIDING TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL: Tobacco and Its Effects Alcohol and Its Effects Refusing to Use Alcohol and Tobacco 10 ABOUT YOURSELF AND OTHERS: Understanding Your Feelings Coping With Emotions Relationships with Family and Friends Communicating with Others 11 YOUR FAMILY AND YOU: Learning About Families Changes in Families Families Help Each Other 12 HEALTH IN THE COMMUNITY: Where to Get Health Care Keeping the Environment Healthy Controlling Water Pollution Reduce, Reuse, Recycle This review is based on the 2006 edition, ISBN 0153375264