Welcome back to 5 Days of Homeschooling for Free! We’re already on day 4 of this 5-part series written for the Schoolhouse Review Crew Back to Homeschool Blog Hop. For the the first free days, I have shared some of my favorite free tools for teaching or enriching geography, history and math:
Today, I have a few really great resources for you that will help you teach science in a hands-on way, the best way to teach science in my opinion!
Middle School Chemistry: big ideas about the very small: FREE! Chemistry course for the middle school. The American Chemical Society provides their entire 691-page curriculum for free as a PDF download or online resource.
Middle School Chemistry: Big Ideas About the Very Small is designed to be an 8-10 week course, with each lesson requiring about 45 minutes to one hour. Nearly 700 pages and looks amazing!
The Physics Classroom: The Physics Classroom began as a school website in 1996. As the site grew in both size and popularity, the physicsclassroom.com was formed. Today, the website serves a few million users every month with content that is written in an easy-to-understand, everyday language.
Guest Hollow: If you are looking for a way to study human anatomy for a whole year, with free lesson planning, using living books and hands-on activities, look no further. This homeschool mom initially designed a study that could be used for grades 2-6, but has since added more lesson plans for older students as well. If I had kids younger than 2nd grade, I would go ahead and tweak the plans for the younger kids. And for grades 7-8, I’d tweak the plans for high school.
Of course, there will be some costs involved for books and supplies (hopefully many of the books can be found at your library), but that would be true even with a science curriculum you purchased.
Supercharged Science: Okay, this is not a free science program, but you can try it free for 30 days. You do have to give them credit card info and they will automatically charge you after your free trial is up, so you’ll have to be on top of things. But we have been using Supercharged Science as our primary science for over a year and it is amazing! The lessons are video-based and taught by a woman named Aurora Lipper who is a real-life rocket scientist. She is engaging and fun and this is a great way to have hands-on science in your homeschool without a lot of extra cost, because you get to watch her do the hands-on part. You can subscribe to her email list and receive a great free printable guide for 30 hands-on science experiments, too. Because I know some of you are wondering — Supercharged Science is taught from a neutral position as far as creation/evolution goes. Personally, I don’t find this an issue for us. Ben knows what he believes, and there is nothing objectionable or counter to that in the lessons with Aurora.
Easy-Peasy All-in-One Homeschool: This homeschool mom has put her students’ assignments online for them to access daily. But the good news is you can access them, too. In fact, she’s gone ahead and put them into a PDF you can just download. There are some small costs for supplies, but for the most part, these are science classes you can access completely online. For grades K-8, with a creationist (young earth, literal 6-days of creation) perspective.
High School lessons are being developed at its sister site, All-in-One High School.
Celebrate Urban Birds Kit: Sign up for Cornell’s Celebrate Urban Birds to help their ornithology lab track birds. You will receive a free kit that includes the following:
- introductory letter with 16 drawings of focal urban birds
- an urban birds poster with lots of interesting information
- a silhouette poster with cool facts
- a simple data form for recording your observations
- return envelope
- a packet of sunflower seeds to plant in pots and gardens
If you live outside the U. S. you can still download all of the materials, you just wouldn’t have the sunflower seeds.
NASA Education: NASA has tons of teaching materials filtered by grade level, podcasts, a kid’s area with instruction in fun topics such as, “What is a laser,” a Kid’s Club, and a list of links to other places on the internet to learn more about space.
Math Science Nucleus has curriculum for both Elementary and Secondary students. There is a teacher section, as well as interactive components for students, including story books, multimedia activities, slideshows, and online tests.
How Stuff Works will keep your students busy for hours just exploring their website learning how stuff works.
Homeschool Share: unit study, literature-based learning, lapbooking and notebooking homeschool moms will love Homeschool Share. This is THE best free homeschool site on the web. And for science — there are tons of possibilities, mostly for your elementary-aged kids. Visit this Science Connections page for all kids of ideas.
The Homeschool Scientist: If there is one blog you should follow for science tips, it’s The Homeschool Scientist. My friend, Marci blesses her readers with some great resources here. Be sure to check out her monthly Science Calendars, filled with links to some of her best ideas.
Thornton Burgess Books: Here’s a list of 25 Thornton Burgess Nature books available FREE for your Kindle:
The Burgess Animal Book for Children
Adventures of Reddy Fox
Old Mother West Wind
The Adventures of Prickly Porky
The Burgess Bird Book for Children
Lightfoot the Deer
The Adventures of Mr. Mocker
The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad
The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat
The Adventures of Buster Bear
The Adventures of Unc’ Billy Possum
The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse
The Adventures of Paddy Beaver
The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel
The Adventures of Grandfather Frog
The Adventures of Poor Mrs. Quack
The Adventures of Prickly Porky
The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk
The Adventures of Johnny Chuck
Bowser the Hound
Whitefoot the Wood Mouse
Old Granny Fox
Blacky the Crow
The Boy Scouts in Trapper’s Camp
What are your favorite FREE science resources for homeschool?
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