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Rock 'N Learn: Physical Science

Rock 'N Learn: Physical Science

Spring 2009 DVD
Ages: 9 & Up
DVD Price: $19.99
Review:
"Physical Science," much like the Rock 'N Learn title "Earth Science," is informative, but likely too immature for its intended audience of fifth graders. Once again, Marko the Pencil aspires to prepare a boy named Kevin for a physical science test, and this time the topics include electricity, light and energy, motion and gravity, magnetism, molecules and states of matter, scientific method, atoms and their parts, chemical and physical changes, and mixtures versus pure substances.

The educational/test-likely details are all there, but it just seems doubtful that the average fifth grader will be drawn in by an animated pencil and globe or willingly sit for an hour of near-baby talk. Like the other Rock 'N Learn titles, "Physical Science" includes a practice test among its extras and also features that troubling grammar mistake on the back jacket of the DVD box, the one that reads: Free study materials that compliment this DVD: www.markothepencil.com. That, of course, should read complement.

Ian Spelling   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Ian Spelling has spent two-plus decades working as a freelance journalist, the past 12 of them as a full-time freelance writer covering movies, television, music and comedy. He's written for The New York Times Syndicate, Reader's Digest, OnDirecTV, SCIFI.COM, TV Guide, The Bergen Record and many other outlets over the years. Spelling, who hails from Merrick, New York -- the home of Amy Fisher, Deborah Gibson and Lindsay Lohan -- currently lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, Linda, and their two children, as well as the world's best dog, Oreo.

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Rock 'N Learn, Inc.
800-348-8445
http://www.rocknlearn.com
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