We have been making slow headway through our Ancient Rome unit, but we needed some new spice added into our homeschool days. We’re off to do a unit on earth science — studying concepts such as gravity, horizontal/vertical, directionality–N,S,E,W, and then moving on to the layers of the earth and the surface of the earth — the “ups and downs, ins and outs” of the landforms and waterforms and how wind, water and earth’s forces change the surface of the earth.
I get asked every now and then how I plan for our homeschool units. I’m pretty much always a unit or two ahead (in my head), knowing that we’ll move on to a new history/science/culture/child-interest-led unit or whatever. So in my spare time (??ie. late at night mostly!!) I think and read and jot notes in my “rainbow” notebook as things cross my path for 3 or 4 weeks before we actually start a unit.
In this case, I’ve been wanting to cover landforms and waterforms–mountains, valleys, plateaus, peninsulas, isthmus, bays and that sort of thing. I have some beautiful cards from theteacherdesk.info – landforms, but wanted to go beyond just looking at the forms and making clay models (we’ll do this too, but I wanted to flush the unit out a bit since LD is now in second grade).
For the past week or two my bedtime reading has been Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding: A Science Curriculum for K-2 (affliliate link) by Bernard J. Nebel. I looked through this book a year or so ago, but found it too advanced for our family at the time. But now it has some great lesson plans that I plan to use.
I also decided to sign up for the teacher file box (30% discount through homeschool buyer’s coop) because I felt I could use a lot of their resources in the next 3 or 4 months. (At some point in the next couple of months I’ll be doing a fairy tale unit with the kids and the teacher file box had a lot of cute/creative ideas for that!)
Anyway, today was our first day of our earth science unit– and the kids were both totally engaged (and begged to go on!). Yay! A good start! Here’s what we covered:
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You may be interested in the posts in this series:
- Earth Science Unit — Gravity
- Earth Science — Gravity: the planets, moon and space
- Astronomy Unit: Refraction, Vacuum, Saturn’s Rings
- Astronomy Unit: Inner and Outer Planets, The Asteroid Belt
- Astronomy Unit: The Moon (Day 1)
- Astronomy Unit: The Moon (Day 2)
- Phases of the Moon Activity: Homemade Oreo Cookie Recipe (Yum!!)
You might also be interested in these related posts (we did these when my kids were older… ie. elementary):
- Earth Science Packet: Layers of the Earth, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, 4 Types of Mountains and More!
- Earth Science Layers of the Earth Activity
- Earth Science: Plate Movement Hands-On Activiites
- Earth Science Packet: Layers of the Atmosphere
- Earth Science Activities: Earthquakes, Plate Movement and Mountain Making
- Learning about Latitude and Longitude, Using a Compass
- Earth Science: Timeline of Earth Activity – A Montessori activity that is meant to impress kids with the enormity of time on Earth.
- Earth’s Geologic Timeline – How scientists divide Earth’s history into eons and eras
- Earth Science: Plate Movement Hands-On Activities
- How to Make a Earthquake Shake Table
- Awesome Gelatin Volcano and other Activities
- Earth Science Activities: Tissue Paper Volcano
- Free Water and Water Cycle Resources
- Topographic Maps
- The Three Types of Rocks: Sedimentary, Metamorphic, Igneous
- Free Rocks and Minerals Packet
- World Biomes Pin Map
- Preschool Geography