20 Science Activities for Early Elementary

As many of you may know, I have been working hard to get some of the images in our older posts working again.  (It’s a complicated story, but it has to do with our moving our blog from Parents.com where we were for several years, to our new location here.)  Anyway, I’ve been fixing old posts and realized I should share some of these posts for our new readers!  So here are some science posts that may be of interest for those with kids around 4-7 years old or so.

Be sure to visit our video post: Homeschool Science in Early Elementary and the

Early-Elementary-Science-Curriculum-TopicsInvertebrate-Vertebrate Unit Study: Montessori Activities: We went over the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates and we also went over the 5 animal groups.

IMG_0791Living-KingdomsWe have worksheets on vertebrates and invertebrates in this unit: Animal Unit – Vertebrate and Invertebrate Worksheets and Activities

 Invertebrate-Groups-Activities

Working With Mealworms: When ED was in kindergarten and DD was in Grade 2, we did a unit on mealworms.  All of the kids really liked these activities.  You can visit this post for more experiments and a pdf you can download with our Mealworm Activity Sheet:
Mealworm-Activity-FoodPreference mealworms-activity-worksheet

We also studied Earthworms: Hands-On Invertebrate Fun! Part I – Earthworms and the earthworm life cycle

And Planaria (a type of flatworm): Hands-On Invertebrate Fun! Part II – Planarian – which you can order.  They are easy to care for and are fascinating to study because they regenerate.

Planarian

Above Below Ground Activity:

Above-Below-Ground

Free Printable:WhereAnimalsLive-Above-Below-Ground

Free Montessori 3-Part Cards: Amphibians, Frog Life Cycle Notebook (and lapbook) Page

Montessori-3-Part-Cards-Amphibians

FrogLifeCycleLapbookYou will find other Montessori 3-part cards at this post: Various Montessori 3-Part Cards including the living-nonliving cards and the  vertebrate-invertebrate cards (which are free).

Vertebrate-Invertebrate-Sort --5 Vertebrate Groups Sort

Oil and Water Activity This is a HUGE hit whenever we do this!

Oil-and-Water-FireworksColor Explosion in Milk - My kids also really liked this. You can print out instructions at this post.

P1230991-milk-fireworksColorExplosion-in-MilkBuilding Molecules - This is an activity we did the first time we studied chemistry.  There’s a free printable with some of the molecules the kids build.

BuildingMolecules-ActivityVisit our States of Matter Activities at this post

DD-StatesofMatterSolid-Liquid-Gas-picture

Solid-Liquid-Gas-With-Marbles

Chemistry-Experiment-Mixtures-Chromatography-DNA-Experiments

 

Simple Machines Unit

SimpleMachines-Pulleys1SimpleMachinesPacketFree Daily Calendar Page: This was a calendar page I made for ED when she was 6. She checked the temperature each morning and filled it in on the calendar page. I made that for her around the same time I made the Math Lapbook (also free) for her.

Calendar Page Where I Live Activity – This is more geography than science, but it was really helpful for understanding the relative size of the planet, continent, country, state, etc..

P1150813geographyLearning about the Solar System: Kit the Kids Loved

SolarSystemKit-675x761Links to posts in our Astronomy Unit (when the kids were 3, 5, 7 or so)

Rainforest Plants (from around the world)

Rainforest-Plant-Activity-CardsMontessori 3-Part Cards on Nocturnal-Diurnal Animals  When ED was in kindergarten we talked about what makes day and night and also studied nocturnal and diurnal animals:

Day-Night

Nocturnal-DiurnalAnimalsFree Printable:

Nocturnal-DiurnalAnimalsWe also did a large Rocks and Minerals Unit when the kids were preschool and early elementary age.  There is a free rocks and minerals packet here, plus we did tons of hands-on activities with this unit!! Half the packet was for my older kids (ages 6 and 8) and half of it was for my preschooler at the time (with tracing, etc.). This packet is FREE.

Rocks-and-Minerals-Unit-Packet

You might also be interested in these Earth Science posts. We did a *ton* of fun hands-on activities in this unit too!

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We also studied the human body regularly from preschool age on up:

BrushYourTeethExperiment

I’ll include this last experiment, just because it is really neat: Where Do Germs Grow in Your House?!

Germs-in-Your-House

That’s about it for today! See you again soon here or over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page. Don’t forget to Subscribe to our Homeschool Den Newsletter! ~Liesl

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