Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 08:33:50

Author: --- "Cliff Bettis"

Subject: Re: Even More 4th Grade Science complaints


Before you get your pitchforks and torches out: I served as a reviewer for
an elementary school science text once. I spent a good deal of time pointing
out many of the sorts of things that have been discussed here lately. My
suggested corrections were largely ignored. What I am suggesting is: they
list an editorial panel, but those people may not have been listened to.

I have also seen howlers in University level texts though not as many. It
sometimes makes me wonder if anyone actually reads these things other than
the poor students we force to.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Steve Wonnell
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:09 AM
To: tap-l pira
Subject: Re: [tap-l] Even More 4th Grade Science complaints

And here are the "culprits":

On Mon, 9 May 2011, Paul Nord wrote:

> Date: Mon, 09 May 2011 21:51:16 -0500
> From: Paul Nord
> Reply-To:
> To: tap-l pira
> Cc: Paul Nord
> Subject: [tap-l] Even More 4th Grade Science complaints
> Ok, pour yourself a nice glass of red wine. Then clear the room of sharp
objects that you may be tempted to use to poke out your eyes after reading
this. Here's the latest vocabulary review from the Fourth grade science
book.... ugh....
> Relative Motion: the change in one object's position compared to
> another object's fixed position Frame Of Reference: the objects you
> use to detect motion
> Speed: the rate at which an object changes position
> Velocity: both the speed and direction of a moving object
> Force: any push or pull
> Friction: a force that acts when two surfaces rub together
> Gravity: a force with (sic) makes objects pull toward each other
> Work: the ability to move something
> Kinetic Energy: the energy of motion
> Potential Energy: stored energy
> 1. The ____ of a plane is different when it takes off than when it lands.
> 2. How an object seems to move depends on your ______.
> 3. ____ is the energy used to pick up a package.
> 4. You create ____ when you rub your hands together to keep them warm.
> 5. A swing going back and forth has ____.
> 6. Whether an object is moving or not depends on its _________.
> 7. A stretched rubber band has _______.
> 8. The _____ of sound is 1,190 kilometers per hour.
> 9. _____ keeps us from floating away into space.
> 10. It takes a lot of _____ to stop an airplane.
> Scott Foresman Science
> See Learning in a whole new light
> Copyright 2006 Pearson Education, Inc.
> ISBN 0-328-14962-4
> Scott Foresman Science, See Learning in a Whole New Light
> (Indiana) (9780328149629): Dr. Timothy Cooney, Dr. Diane Lapp, Barbara
> Foots, Dr. James Flood, Dr. M. Jenice Goldston: Books