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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Homeschool for FREE: Science

Continuing on our hunt for FREE educational resources, today, we'll take a look at one of our family's favorite subjects...Science! There are resources here for every age group.

Note: These are all secular sites unless otherwise noted.

Creation Lens: Exploring the World, Discovering God is a supplemental program designed by ITEST (Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology). This is not a complete program, but a way of injecting some Christian teaching whatever science curriculum you happen to be using. You can read more about it here. K-4

USGS Education- There are many educational resources available from the US Geological Survey. Many Geology topics (of course), but also biology, geography, and water topics. This is an impressive site. You'll find many complete teaching modules available here for download, as well as links to web sources and classroom activities (like labs). K-12

MSNucleus- A complete (and rigorous) science curriculum for K-12. Divided into Elementary (K-6) and Secondary. Some of the lessons do require non-household materials for the labs, though these items can be purchased through their catalog. This program can be viewed online or downloaded in PDF form. The K-6 curriculum is divided up by grade and then each year is divided into "cycles" (life cycle, universe cycle, rock cycle, etc.), so that you are covering parts of various areas of science each year. It is culminating, so that it might be difficult to jump into one of the later elementary grades without having done the previous levels---you might have to backtrack to give your children the background they need. K-12

ARKive is a collection of vids, pics and information about animal species around the world. If you go to a particular species' page, you'll find facts about habitat, biology and so on, as well as videos and pictures. Good for looking up an animal your child wants to know more about. All ages

Terrific Science has an archive of chemistry experiment booklets in honor of previous National Chemistry Weeks available for download (there are 3 available from 2005, 2007 and 2008). Experiments include a list of materials, instructions, explanations on the "why" and links for additional info. Elementary

Particle Adventure is an interactive tour of subatomic particles. High School

Frank Potter's Science Gems- this site has divided Physical Science into 3 parts, and then each part into various topics (this link is to "part 1," you can find the links to parts 2 and 3 at the top of the page where is lists the topics they cover). For each topic you are given a number of online resources grouped by the appropriate age ground (age groups are given as minimums, meaning most of these can be done with a range of ages). Kindergarten on up to University level

Your World: A Biotechnology Magazine- back issues are available for download as pdfs. High School

Kids Health has an interactive site for kids on how the body works. Includes articles, movies, quizzes, puzzles and other activities. Upper Elementary

Teach Engineering provides resources for K-12 that do just that. You'll find lesson plans and plenty of hands-on activities.

The West Point Bridge Design Contest begins January 10, 2011 and is open to students age 13 on up to 12th grade. But, you don't need to enter the contest to download the bridge designing software or use the lesson plans in the manual. My oldest son has been using this program since he was 8...but then he's a physics nut. The software allows you to design virtual truss and suspension bridges, evaluate them for stress and compression and conduct load tests. There's also the element of designing a bridge within certain budget parameters! Very worthwhile. You can also download their book on building file-folder bridges (the book is probably about high school level). Upper Elementary to High School

Stellarium is a free open-source planetarium. See the sky in 3-D just as it would look on a clear night whether you were stargazing unaided, with binoculars or a telescope. Pretty cool. Includes a 98 page user guide. Linux, Mac or Windows. All ages

Last week's topic was Free Phonics and Reading Resources.

The previous week's topic was Free Math Resources.

4 comments:

  1. Hey, These free resources are AWESOME! Is there any way you can make a link to these posts on your side bar for future reference?

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  2. Now why didn't I think of that:-)

    Too many late nights, I guess. I will do that. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  3. Good morning! I'm a TOS crew member and I'm following your blog, now. I am sooo excited to catch up on your "free resources" posts. It is amazing what is available and I appreciate you doing all of the searching. =)

    I have a very new, 1st blog -
    http://kneedeepingrace.com
    and I'd like your comments and suggestions. My biggest struggle seems to be actually making the time to post.

    Blessings,
    Penny

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  4. Thank you so much for this post!

    I'm sure my 10 yo daughter will love the bridge site.

    I'll be looking at your other freebie posts as well.

    Blessings,

    Annie Kate

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