The Earth Beneath Our Feet is a great resource for teachers and students alike. The science unit is set up especially for "gifted" students. After sharing some of the information (from the unit glossary, and some of the Key Science concepts)with my 7 year old niece and 8 year old nephew, both were able to understand some of the basic meanings of the concept words and ideas. Yes, they are a little young to understand a lot of what's being taught in this unit, but I can see teachers being able to use the lesson plans with more than just the "gifted" students in their classes. The handouts, experiments, and discussions within each lesson include individual and team activities, which help, also, to improve study skills and team work.
The authors have included both teacher and student resources, both book and web resources. A unit glossary is included, as well as additional vocabulary words throughout each lesson. One down fall is no pronunciation guide for some of the words. I would have liked to see some of the charts/maps maybe in color.
***this book was received from the publisher through Librarything's Early Reviewers Giveaway****