Science Curriculum

 

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GENERAL SCIENCE RESOURCES FOR EARLY LEARNERS (PREK - 3RD)

Here are some general science resources that can be used for younger children when multi-level teaching a variety of science topics.

Science Experiments for Young Learners is a must-have lab resource to keep on hand for science units in multi-level teaching. Use these activities with your youngest child when your older child is studying the same topic. Each lesson uses easy-to-find materials for the lab and include simple worksheets for the kids to complete. Topics include: Physical science, light, heat, electricity, magnetism, life science, plants, five senses, animals, earth science, weather, soils, fossils, rocks, planets, and technology. Written for K-2nd grade. Recommended especially for the Kinesthetic learner.

File Folder Games: Science K-3 is another must-have resource for science units. Easy-to-make, simple-to-play games that teach the following topics: energy, magnets, simple machines, solar system, water, matter, senses, weather, plants, nutrition, human body, animals, dinosaurs, and insects. You'll need file folders, colored markers, and tagboard. Written for K-3rd grade.

For those of you, like me, who don't have a green thumb try Wee Enchanted Garden. A fun project to do while learning about plants. Created by Imaginarium. Eventually, I will add a Plant unit to this website.

Treasure Box Press science kits. These kits are great for moms who like to do science unit studies but need help finding the resources. Sign up for the Online Adventures newsletter for a once-a-month online science activity. Check out Joetta's review.

Create a Space Notebook and Timeline. Check out this terrific resource for free timelines and space notebook: http://www.notebooking.org/samples/space/ This would make a great science project for grades 1-6.

Subscribe to the Young Scientists Club.

GENERAL SCIENCE RESOURCES FOR 4TH - 12TH GRADE:

Exploring Creation with Astronomy by Jeannie Fulbright. Using Charlotte Mason's methodology, 14 incremental lessons employ narration, notebooking, hands-on projects, and a course website to introduce 6- to 12-year-olds to the wonders of the solar system and universe. 176 pages, hardcover.

Exploring Creation with Botany: By Jeannie Fulbright. Designed to be used with both readers and non-readers, each clearly organized lesson features content-rich narration; notebooking; and hands-on activities and projects using easy-to-find household items. Dissect seeds, force bulbs, make leaf skeletons---and take a close-up look at God's flora kingdom. Grades K to 6. Hardcover.

If you are looking for a quality microscope for an affordable price, purchase the Ultra Microscope from Sonlight (click on the Sonlight logo and search for “microscope”). Most microscopes in the $200 or less price range are not worth the money, but this one is. I've personally used it and can honestly recommend it.

Considering God's Creation, Fifth Edition by Susan Mortimer & Betty Smith. A creative, in-depth encounter with natural science from a biblical perspective. Learn about: Creation, The Universe, Weather, Rocks, Plants, Animals, Ecology, Human Anatomy & Physiology. Easy-to-use, hands-on approach, with the benefits of notebooks. This set includes the teacher's guide and the student book. Softcover from Eagle's wings. If you're just starting out with unit studies, this is a great introduction.

Evolution vs. Science & The Bible by Bob West

The Amazing Story of Creation From Science and the Bible by Duane Gish will help you teach the fallacy of evolution.

High school physics - consider Kinetic Books, especially for your visual/auditory learners. To read my review, check my blog at: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/EmptyNestMom/155745/

Cartoon Guide to Physics by Larry Gonick and others in this series. (This is agreat introduction to junior/senior high Physics.) ISBN 0062731009.

Rocks & Mineral Speciments - Assortment 1.

Science Roots: Latin & Greek Roots for Biology and Life Science by Nancy Hasseler. Out of print. Buy used.

Science Experiments You Can Eat (a resource for simple lab work). ISBN 0064460029.

The Witness of the Stars by E. W. Bullinger. (explains how the constellations were created by God to witness to Christ).

Treasure Box Press science kits. These kits are great for moms who like to do science unit studies but need help finding the resources. Sign up for the Online Adventures newsletter for a once-a-month online science activity. Check out Joetta's review.

Subscribe to the Young Scientists Club.

Create a Space Notebook and Timeline.

For an easy-to-understand high school science curriculum (not college prep), use the Science Workshop Series (available in Biology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Chemistry) from Globe Book Company. (Secular)

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INTERNET RESOURCES:

Interactive Periodic Table.

Solar System Puzzle Kit.

Amusement Park Physics.

Inventor of the Week.

Inventor's Handbook.

America's Zoo for Kids. A great resource for learning about the animals in different countries. Not only will you see the animals but it includes an audio clip of the sounds it makes. Fun!

Dissection Lab online resources.

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PRINTABLE ANIMAL REPORT WORKSHEET

All children like animals. Use this printable, Animal Report worksheet (pdf document) as the basis for a study in animals for children in 1-5th+. Print off as many copies of the form as the number of animals your child will be reporting on. Have your child find a picture of the animal to paste on the sheet. Then have him research the animal and fill in the information blanks (or dictate the information to you if handwriting is difficult). Bind completed worksheets in a cardstock cover (illustrated by your child) and place in his portfolio! You will need Acrobat Reader to print the form. Get Acrobat Reader free from http://www.adobe.com/.

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