Science

Finding a great science curriculum is downright tricky. For an area that purports to be objective there just seem to be sooo many angles. Hopefully this list will help you find the right approach for your family… and please feel free to reply with more suggestions!

  • The Behold & See series, from Catholic Heritage Curricula, is my personal favourite for exploring scientific concepts in an accessible language for young people. From a Catholic perspective, especially in terms of reverence for creation, but not creationist.
  • Novare Science and Math is a great series for the middle and high school years, also from a Christian perspective but not creationist.
  • Ye Hedgeschool, a site created by Mary Daly, offers curriculum and reading suggestions on a variety of science topics, including the philosophy of science, and a summary of the creation/evolution debate from a Catholic perspective.
  • Expedition Earth: Discovering God’s Animals––a downloadable resource for classifying the animal kingdom, and a great accompaniment to Little Passports CHC’s Galloping the Globe geography programs
  • Khan Academy, an online reference with searchable lesson tutorials in a number of areas, but especially helpful for science and math
  • How Things Work: 100 Ways Parents & Kids Can Share the Secrets of Technology
  • How Stuff Works, a website dedicated to interesting science concepts
  • Kiwi Co offers hands-on science and arts kits for STEAM projects. Various ages.
  • Canada Close Up––a series from Scholastic Canada, exploring different regions of Canada through a focused study of animals, culture and economics
  • Secrets of the Woods––Charlotte Mason-oriented sketches and anecdotal descriptions of woodland animals. For ages 9-12 especially, and also available as an audiobook from Librivox.
  • Pagoo––the story of a hermit crab, presenting a detailed study of tide pool life in text and pictures. Related: A House for Hermit Crab––also explaining the life of a crab in story form.
  • A Drop of Water––a unique scientific study of water through stop-action photography. Explores states of matter, weather and chemical processes, also with some experiments included.
  • The Eyewitness series, stories incorporating scientific and historical ideas
  • Find the Constellations, by HA Rey, is a great guide to the constellations and movement of objects we see in the sky. Simple and accessible, with illustrations.

 

Online resources:

  • Mystery Science is a collection of video-based science units for K-5, with key questions built into lesson framework. Discussion-oriented.
  • Science Websites for Kids (this one has links to different science topics)
  • www.madsci.org (has links to many science topics)
  • howstuffworks.com Ever wondered how your vacuum worked or tried to figure out how an atomic bomb could be so powerful? Check out the scientific explanations here.
  • scienceworld.com Science World provides charts and explanations of many scientific concepts including astronomy and chemistry.
  • sciam.com Keep abreast of the latest scientific news with Scientific American’s online magazine. Contains dozens of articles on the latest science topics.
  • www.pbs.org Check out the science information NOVA has to offer on their detailed webpage. Includes definitions and video clips.
  • sciencenews.org Science News’ online magazine offers the latest scientific headlines.
  • www.physicsclassroom.com just what it says  with tutorials too
  • www.tryscience.com – experiments in areas such as chemistry, biology, math and engineering, many of which can be done on and offline.
  • www.kn.pacbell.com this one is for teachers, but there are so many links on the site and it is divided into topics
  • www.freesciencelectures.com this is one is ok

 

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