Category: Science: Earth Science Unit

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Earth Science Unit – Layers of the Earth, Types of Volcanoes

Whew! Our Earth Science continues to grow!  I wanted to let you know that I have added about 15 or so new pages to the Earth Science unit. In the section on the Layers of the Earth, I added in a new interactive notebook activity. Kids will create their own flap-book notebook page. There is an option for color or for black & white.  On the bottom part of that...

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Volcanoes – Earth Science Unit

After our Science Club ended a couple of weeks ago, the kids continued studying volcanoes. I wanted to share some of our activities with you today. We went over the basic parts of a volcano – magma chamber, conduit or main vent, ash cloud, branch pipe, sill, crater, and so forth. Then we went on to spend quite a bit of time talking about the different types of volcanic explosions...

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Science Club Week 4 – Understanding Convection Currents, Taxonomy, Engineering Challenge

This was our fourth week of science club. Time’s flying by! As we waited for everyone to arrive, the kids filled in the tectonic plate map. We talked about the experiment we had done a couple weeks earlier that helped explain how the tectonic plates can move.  This week, we were going to do a couple more activities to show how heat/cooling can create currents and movement. (These pages have...

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Layers of the Atmosphere, Weather and More (Free Resources!)

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing some of the Earth Science activities we’ve been doing in our science club.  Today, I thought I would share some other resources that are buried here on the blog for those of you who want to continue on with Earth Science this year. In this post you’ll find various quite a number of free resources on a packet about the Earth’s...

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Science Club!

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know that we really love science! This year we’re doing something a little different.  We opened our home for a weekly science club for some other homeschoolers in our area.  We have 10 kids, the same ages as my kids (who are 9, 11, 14) — and we’ve been having a blast so far! Before I share some of the...

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Earth Science – Hands-On Activities

Every few years, we have learned about Earth Science.  Each time we cover this material, we’ve added in new hands-on activities to help the kids understand some of the Earth’s processes. Today, I thought I’d share some of the photos from the first time we studied Earth Science since they’re buried here on the blog. We talked about the layers of the Earth and did a cute hands-on activity with...

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Ocean Activities: The Moon and Tides (Spring and Neap Tides and more!)

Last week we talked about the moon and ocean tides.  We talked about the phases of the moon and went into detail, not only about daily tides, but what causes spring tides and neap tides. First, we talked about the effect gravity has on Earth’s waters.  The moon pulls the Earth’s waters creating a bulge on one side. But, the moon also pulls on the Earth itself creating a bulge...

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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...

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Earth’s 4 Major Systems (Free): Atmosphere, Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere

As we start off our new science units, I wanted to be sure the kids remembered Earth’s 4 major systems (or ecospheres): atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere.  We spent several days just reviewing these four systems in a general way.  You know me, I also made the kids some notebook pages and review cards to go along with our discussion!  I thought it might be helpful for some of you as...

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Earth Science Packet: Layers of the Earth, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, 4 Types of Mountains and More!

This 100+ page Earth Science Packet includes worksheets about the solar system, the layers of the Earth, plate tectonics, the ring of fire, earthquake activity and volcanoes. I also included instructions for more than a dozen hands-on activities we did with this unit. This includes activities about plate tectonics, using a compass, earthquakes, volcanoes,  instructions on how to make a shake table and more! My kids were in Grades 1, 4,...

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Earth Science Activities: Earthquakes, Plate Movement and Mountain Making

Last week I explained how we made an Earthquake Shake Table and shared a quick video on how we made ours.  We first tested it with marshmallow structures.  A couple days later, we made “brick” structures out of sugar cubes and peanut butter.  We put on the documentary, Deadliest Earthquakes, and set to work. We all built our structures and then brought out our shake table to test them out! The most exciting...

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How to Make a Shake Table for Earthquake Studies

The next part of our Earth Science unit was earthquakes. Today’s post I’ll explain how we made our shake table, but before I do that I want to talk a minute about of some of the activities we did leading up to that. We used a lot of the activities from Engineering Adventures.  The kids’ first activity was building towers. Their first project was to build a tower of  index cards...

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Earth Science – Awesome Gelatin Volcano and other Activities

We have two hands-on volcano activities to share with you today.  Both of them help demonstrate how the release of pressure causes lava to flow. We had already spent a lot of time learning about plate tectonics.  Earth’s volcanoes are generally found where Earth’s plates are expanding or converging.  We looked closely at the parts of the volcano and also learned about the four types of volcanoes: shield volcanoes, cinder...