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Our Favorite Simple Machines Activities– Pulleys (and Wheel and Axle)

The last day of our Simple Machines unit was probably our favorite. We spent hours and hours making and toying with different ways of making pulleys and wheel-n-axles! We started (as always) by reading a couple of books.  We did an activity to show investigate which way of looping the rope made it easier/harder to pull the broom-handles together: The kids really enjoyed Pull, Lift, and Lower: A Book About...

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Simple Machines Unit: Screw Hands-On Activities

We started with… a plain old screw!! The kids spent time trying to screw it into an old board:   We have been reading the book, Archimedes and the Door of Science along with this unit. What a terrific book and what a remarkable man Archimedes was!  The book talks about the Archimedes screw as well as lots of other topics — astronomy, math, geometry and more. We loved the...

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Simple Machines Unit: Wedge Hands-On Activities

The wedge is a pretty easy concept to remember, but we still took the opportunity to have some fun with wedges! We spent some time outside at the wood pile using real wedges to split wood (plus, we got some wood ready for the woodstove!!) This is a tool call a “Smart Splitter.” Even the kids can split wood with it. They simply lifted the weight and dropped it down...

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Simple Machines Packet (About 30 pages)

I have kids of different ages (5, 8 and 10). We all did this simple machines unit together. It was perfect for my younger two — quite easy for my oldest, but from here we’re going to go on to more complicated topics… inventions and electricity which are more suited to my older two.  It works best for our family to do these science and history together even if I...

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Simple Machines Unit: Hands-On Activities on Levers

We started a unit on Simple Machines several weeks ago.  I thought I’d share the first set of hands on activities we did on levers and the three classes of levers. We started our unit going over the six types of simple machines. Since I have kids of varying levels I made several sheets (matching, tracing and fill in the blanks). In the end, this turned out to be useful...

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Physics Unit: Gizmos, Gadgets, and Simple Machines

We have been gearing up for these activities for a long time.  Back in January I mentioned the kids read the Physics, Pre-Level 1 (Real Science-4-Kids) book. LD read it on his own while I read it together with DD. I thought it was a wonderful introduction to some basic physics concepts. Then as you’ve seen we did some background activities on Newton himself (the geography of England/Britain/UK; the Black...

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Simple Machine Unit – Video Post

Enjoy this one minute video about our Simple Machines Unit when we studied the lever, inclined plane, wedge, screw, pulley, and wheel & axle.  I showed many of the hands-on activities we did. This unit is great for early elementary kids. Below you’ll find links to everything included in the video: links to the hands-on activities and for the Simple Machines Packet. Simple Machines Packet (About 30 pages) – Find...

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Simple Machine Packet – About 30 Pages

Last year, the kids were 5, 8 and 10. We all did this simple machines unit together. It was perfect for my younger two — quite easy for my oldest, but from here we’re going to go on to more complicated topics… inventions and electricity which are more suited to my older two.  It works best for our family to do these science and history together even if I have...

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Homeschool Science 2016 Year in Review – And What’s Coming Up Next

When I think about all we’ve done this past year in 2016 in science, I’m really pretty amazed! It’s been a fun, full year! This post has links to dozens of our science experiments, science worksheets and printables, and hands-on activities. You’ll find direct links to the posts in the table below. Last year as we moved into the new year (in January to May 2016), we were focused on...

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FREE Sight Word and CVC Holiday Activity Packet

Today’s holiday freebie is for those of you whose kids are just starting to read. It is 30-pages and has six sets of words that kids can work on: 2-letter sight words Bob Book Words (from Bob Books Set 1, affiliate link) CVC-Words -at, -it, -ot, -ut CVC Words -ad, -id, -od, -ud CVC Words -ag, -ig, -og, -ug CVC Words -an, -in, -on, -un Each set has a matching...

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File Folder Games – CVC Words -at -it -ot -ut

It’s File Folder Friday again.  Today I have 5 fun activities you can do with your preschooler with C-V-C words. These activities will help the kids practice as they begin to sound out words. Scroll down below to get the printable!! Activity 1: With the sorting mat on the previous page, you can glue it into a file folder and staple a Ziploc bag into the corner for the word...

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Early Elementary Homeschool Science

 A reader sent me an email asking about homeschool science for her daughter who is in kindergarten this year.  She said she was feeling overwhelmed about science and wondered where/how to start. She said she hadn’t done any science yet and wondered if the States of Matter unit was a good place to start.  I wrote her back and shared the free printable resource/checklist I made last year about some...

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States of Matter – Changing States of Matter Packet (50+pages)

We have a bran-new 50+ page packet on the three states of matter – solids, liquids, gases and changing states of matter. We talked quite a bit about the characteristics of solids, liquids and gases. We also went into a lot of detail on the changing states of matter covering those six changes (melting, freezing, evaporation, condensation, sublimation, deposition).  In this packet there are various notebook pages, worksheets, lapbook (interactive...

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Changes in States of Matter: Sublimation and Deposition Activities with Dry Ice!

This fall we’ve been studying the states of matter and changes of matter.  Today I’m going to share some of our activities as we talked about the changes in states of matter from solid to gas–sublimation and from gas to solid–deposition.  It was a day of Dry Ice FUN!! While most kids know freezing, melting and evaporation sublimation and deposition are a bit more challenging, that is – until you...