Homeschool Science: Year in Review and What’s Coming Up

When I think about all we’ve done this past year in 2015 in science, I’m really pretty amazed! It’s been a fun, full year!  This post has links to dozens of our science experiments, printables and hands-on activities. You’ll find direct links to the posts in the table below.

We managed to squeeze in various engineering (STEM) type activities here and there.

In January of 2015 we were in the middle of a big Earth Science Unit. We did a ton of hands-on activities with this unit.  We studied everything from plate movement and volcanoes to earthquakes (made our own earthquake shake table) and more. This was a phenomenal unit for us! :)

From there we went on to our Human Body Unit.  I decided that we should really do a unit on cells.  We learned about the main organelles of the cell and how proteins are made.  We talked about the difference between animal and plant cells and went on to talk about photosynthesis.

ED did her own unit on dinosaurs.

After our unit on cells, we went on to talk about how human body systems are organized.  Different specialized cells that make up the human body.  We talked about how those specialized cells form tissues.  Tissues form organs. And the human body systems are comprised of different

This fall, we did a unit on chemistry.  My older kids did a study of the periodic table.  Meanwhile my younger daughter (grade 2) used Real Science-4-Kids Chemistry pre-Level I (affiliate link) and did a lot of science experiments to go along with that.

RealScience4Kids-Chemistry-PreLevel1We then moved on to our Biosphere Unit.  We started with a review of the basic characteristics about animals: the 5 vertebrate groups, common invertebrates (insects, arachnids, echinoderms, mollusks, etc.). I included some notebook pages about domesticated vs. wild animals and animal track activities and matching pages as well.  The kids really enjoyed this unit. :)

This spring we are doing a Biology Unit on to talk about the major biomes, animal habitats, ecosystems, food chains, food webs and the energy pyramid, animal relationships (symbiosis, mutualism, etc.).

Then we’ll move on to our Ocean Unit.

Ocean Unit Study If there’s any time, we’ll do one of the Human Body Units that we didn’t get to last spring (circulatory system or muscular system).

I thought I’d try to put together a table sharing some of the links to the posts I shared for each unit:

Our Science Units Last Year (2015)

Engineering Activities

Engineering-Challenge-for-Kids

Earth Science Activities

 

Volcano ActivityEarth Science Unit - Earthquake Shake Table50+ Page Earth Science Packet

Cell Unit

Animal and Plant Cell Worksheets Cell-Playdough

Dinosaurs

  • Dinosaur Lapbook: ED did a unit on dinosaurs last spring and made her own Dinosaur Lapbook. I expanded the packet to include activities for younger kids too because I know my kids all loved dinosaurs around the age of 3 or 4. :) You can check out the Dinosaur Packet here.

 

 DinosaurLapbookDinosaurPacket-Lapbook-MontessoriCards-More

Human Body Systems


  • Next we did a unit on the Skeletal System – This time around we talked not only about the different bones of the body, but also their function, how they grow and repair themselves, how the skeletal system is divided (axial, appendicular), joints and more.
  • We were going to do units on the muscular system and circulatory systems as well, but ran out of time at the end of the year!! :)  So that’s (hopefully) on the plate for this spring…

MuscularSystemWorksheets

DigestiveSystemPacket-New-and-Updated

HumanBodyWorksheets-Cells-Tissues-Organs-SystemsSkeletal-System-Worksheets-Skeleton-Lapbook

Chemistry Unit

My older kids did a study of the periodic table:

While my younger daughter used Real Science-4-Kids Chemistry pre-Level I (affiliate link) and did a lot of science experiments to go along with that.

Here are some of our other chemistry posts (from when we studied chemistry a couple of years ago):

 

 

 Bohr-Diagram-Practice-SheetsChemistry-Experiment-Mixtures-Chromatography-DNA-ExperimentsChemistryReviewPicturesBuildingMolecules

Biosphere Unit

  • Animal Unit: Characteristics of the Animal Groups - 5 Vertebrate Groups, Common Invertebrates, Domesticated vs. Wild Animals, Animal Tracks
  • This spring we are going on to study the Biosphere: Biomes, Animal Habitats, Ecosystems, Food chains, food webs and the energy pyramid, animal relationships (symbiosis, mutualism, etc.)

Biology-Unit-Biomes-Habitats-Biological-InteractionsAnd then we will move on to study the ocean:

Ocean-Packet

Animal-Unit-Vertebrate-Invertebrate-Groups-Worksheet-Packet

 

This is the checklist of the various units I hope we cover K-8 or so. You’ll find it at this post here: Homeschool Science Unit Checklist for Elementary and Middle School

ScienceHomeschoolChecklist
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I’m sure I’ve left things out, but I really need to get going. So, that’s about it for today! See you again soon here or Homeschool Den Facebook page. Don’t forget to Subscribe to our Homeschool Den Newsletter! ~Liesl

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