A series of four text books that accompanied the teaching of science in Canadian schools from the start of Grade 7 (this edition) through to the end of Grade 10 (The Methods of Science 4). Each cover in the series uses a different background colour, over which illustrations depicting various scientific topics and techniques are laid.
Although this book is the first in the series, it was in fact the third cover that Harder produced. The wraparound design is a feature on all but the third book in the series (which was the first one that he designed). The result is colourful and appealing, relating scientific concepts to everyday experiences, with a large numeral to define its position in the series.
As the first book in the series it introduces basic scientific techniques, to provide a strong foundation for later teaching. It is divided into eight units including plants, heat, water, geology and forests, and these topics are reflected in the various cover illustrations. All four books have a significant section dedicated to agriculture, underlining the importance of farming to the nation.
Due to the nature of these books they rarely survive without a great deal of punishment so we are fortunate to have a complete set in this condition.
See the full The Methods of Science set.