Science Without a Net

Back when this blog was newer, my science posts were the most detailed posts.  We do science with another family and have had the opportunity to work our way through nearly all the topics for elementary school.  I spent a lot of time looking at various curricula, but never found one that I felt did everything I wanted for science.  In the end, I organized it myself, but it has been a lot of work.

The thing I wanted most was a guide to science topics, so I’m currently in the midst of creating such a guide based on what we did and the individual resources I think are best.  It will include book lists for different ages, videos and video links, notes on teaching, vocabulary and key ideas, and descriptions of activities.  It is meant to be used as a science buffet and can serve as a curriculum on its own or can provide a quick reference for extra activities and resources to go alongside another curriculum.

I’m currently posting occasional little sections from this monster sized guide.  Links will be posted on the blog and kept here.

In the meantime, you can still read my old posts about our first two years, which have gaps, but also, I hope, can serve as inspiration.

In addition to the science encyclopedia, we made especially heavy use of (and I recommend highly) the following resources:

  • The Let’s Read and Find Out Science series, a picture book science series that is widely available in bookstores and libraries
  • The Magic School Bus books, which are well known and widely available everywhere
  • The Horrible Science books, which are a humorous resource widely available in the UK but less used and known in the US, available to buy online new or used
  • The Janice Van Cleave science experiment books, which are widely available in libraries and to buy online used or new
  • The My Science Book of… series of simple experiment books by Neil Ardley, which is an older series widely available in libraries and through used book sources
  • The Boston Children’s Museum Activity Books, which are an older series of more involved experiments available at some libraries and occasionally through used book sources
  • The Magic School Bus television series, which can be found on DVD and is available at many libraries
  • Bill Nye, the Science Guy, a television series which can be found on DVD and is available at many libraries
  • Eureka!, a short form Canadian television series intended for older kids, but which can still be enjoyed, which can be found entirely on YouTube

Unit One: Forces and Energy

Energy

Energy, Part 2

Heat

Heat, Part 2

Forces and Motion

Forces and Motion, Part 2

Friction

Gravity

Pressure

Simple Machines

Floating and Sinking

Flying (a separate topic, but posted with Floating and Sinking)

Engines and Cars

Unit Two: Light and Waves

Waves

Sound

Music

Shadows

Light

Color

Mirrors

Electricity

Electricity, Part 2

Magnets

Unit Three: Matter and Chemistry

Atoms and Molecules

Elements and the Periodic Table

Minerals and Rocks

More on Minerals, especially Salt

States of Matter

More on States of Matter, especially with Water

Mixtures and Compounds

8 thoughts on “Science Without a Net

  1. I found your blog from the wtm forums. I plan on doing this with my kids for science next year (1st and 3rd grade) after we are done with astronomy. It looks wonderful, thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you so much. I’ve been following your blog for a few months now and thinking every week, “Geez, the science curriculum we’re doing doesn’t look nearly as fun as that.” We’re dropping that thing and starting with ICtR Unit One! Thank you!

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