Science Units

Science Units and Hands-On Activities

We have close to a hundred science posts, if not more! So, I made this page to help you find some of the science resources, notebook pages, and hands-on activity ideas we have here on the blog. The table below organizes all of our science posts.  I hope it’s helpful! If you ever have any questions, feel free to drop me a line. Plus, if there’s a topic you need – feel free to reach out to me and I can try to add it to my to-do list!  liesl at homeschoolden dot com.   Don’t forget to subscribe to our Homeschool Den Newsletter! ~Liesl

Below the science unit chart, you’ll find a couple of quick videos including one about Homeschool Science in the Elementary and Middle School Years. It highlights some of the activities and experiments we’ve incorporated in our science units over the years.

How do we know what science units to cover from year to year? I created a Homeschool Science Unit Checklist for Elementary and Middle School that I think about as we move from unit to unit. I have a general goal of what I’d like for the kids to have covered K to 8, but we’re also flexible and go off on tangents when it’s warranted! It many of the units we hope to cover in elementary and middle school.

Science Homeschool ChecklistScience in the Elementary and Middle School Years – Free Homeschool Science Checklist

You can click on the link above to bring up the pdf. It is also located in Our Store (If you use this option, then you’ll be notified if there are any updates to this file).

$0.00 Free Science Unit Checklist for Elementary & Middle School – A list of science units our family hopes to cover in elementary and middle school

Below are some of the units we’ve covered in our homeschool.  Along the way, I’ve made lots of notebook pages for the kids and we’ve done tons of hands-on activities. Some of our packets and notebook pages are for sale (generally under $20), while others such as rocks and minerals worksheets and weather packet are free.

I hope you find some posts that help make science come alive for your family!! ~Liesl

PS-This page is always a work in progress!  You know how that goes! 🙂

Latest update, 2019: Three are now several different BUNDLE options available for even better savings.

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NEW! Homeschool Den Catalog: This (free) pdf has a list of many of the packets we have available.  It gives you a quick glimpse of each of the units.  In Our Store, you can click on the Quick Previews next to each product below to see many pictures/photos of what is included in each packet. Click here to view and/or download the  FREE Homeschool Den Catalog.

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Here are our most recent science bundles and packets packets…

Earth Science BUNDLE!

These packets can be purchased together or separately: Earth Science Packet (150+ pages), Layers of the Atmosphere Packet (50+ pages), Where I Live Activities: My galaxy, solar system, planet, continent, country, state, town and home!

Earth Science BUNDLEWe also have a Human Body BUNDLE

These can be purchased individually or in the Human Body BUNDLE that includes these packets:

Human Body Systems BUNDLEThe various Animal Units have been put into a Big Animal BUNDLE

One Mum from the UK said: We got the animal bundle a few weeks back. An AMAZING resource! Perfect for a combined geography project. Especially love how you can adapt these packs to suit your learning style.

Quick Previews (These can be purchased separately or in the Bundle.)

Big Animal BundleFinally, there is a Biology BUNDLE

Biology BUNDLE of 3: 1) Biology Unit (Biomes, habitats, food chains/webs, feeding relationships) 2)  Scientific Classification & Taxonomy Packet 3) Ocean Unit & Layers of the Ocean/Ocean Zone Activities

Biology BUNDLE of 3I recently added a fun mini-unit to our (growing) Botany Unit

Botany Unit - Parts of a Flower Parts of a Seed Carnivorous PlantsThese are units my kids did this year:

Layers of the Atmosphere Packet

Layers of the Atmosphere Packet - Worksheets Hands-On Activities Notebook Pages

Magnetism Unit on Magnetic Fields, the Magnetosphere and Animal Migration

This unit can be bundled with the Earth Science materials for even better value! See Our Store for the bundle options!

Magnetism Unit - Magnets Magnetic Fields Magnetosphere MigrationHibernation Unit My daughter did a unit on hibernation this past January.  (This mini-unit was added to the Winter Packet.)

Hibernation Unit for KidsWith the new hibernation unit, the Winter Packet is now about 100 pages. Winter Packet for Early Elementary

Scientific Classification and Taxonomy: This past fall, we did an in-depth study of scientific classification and taxonomy  (You know, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, etc!) We spent a lot of time really learning about difference in structure and form among the phyla… what is the difference between platyhelminthes and annelids, for example! My kids can tell you! We also did some simple dissection at the end of the unit.  (If you have younger kids, you would probably be better off to start with the Animal Unit which touches on classification, but goes over broader differences between vertebrates and invertebrates, which animals have feather/fur/skin; insects vs. spiders; domesticated vs. wild animals; animal tongues; animal homes, etc. )

I suggest that you use this Scientific Classification packet with middle school+. The Animal Unit is better with younger (elementary) students and we did that unit a few years before we did this one, although this unit does have a simplified Animal Classification Activity included. 🙂

Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Unit - Packet 60+pages Scientific Classification- Dichotomous Key Activities Taxonomy-Scientific Classification-ActivitiesFor younger kids, I suggest the Animal Unit: vertebrates and invertebrates, which animals have feather/fur/skin; insects vs. spiders; basic animal classification, herbivores vs. carnivores, domesticated vs. wild animals; animal tongues; animal homes, and a fun mini-unit on nocturnal animals.

Animal-Unit-100-pages-worksheets-feathers-fur-scales-skin-vertebrates-invertebrates-insects-spiders  5-Animal-Groups-WorksheetsInvertebrate-Groups-ActivitiesClassification of Animals Activity and Worksheets - Vertebrates-InvertebratesNocturnal Animal Quick Study - Opossums Raccoons Skunks Beavers

We did a unit on Chemistry, going into more detail about the Periodic Table, ionic & covalent bonds, Bohr Diagrams, Lewis Diagrams and more! The kids really liked working with the chemistry cards and said those really helped them understand electron structure! The cards are included in the packet as is the interactive notebook activity, worksheets, and pictures/instructions with the hands-on activities we did. (Suggested ages: middle school+  — My kids were 10, 12 & 14 when we did this unit).

Chemistry Packet Hands-On Chemistry CardsIf your kids are a bit younger, then they might enjoy these chemistry units:

States of Matter Unit and our really fun Electricity and Circuits Unit, with all its hands-on activities!

States of Matter Packet

electricity-and-circuits-stem-packetstem-how-to-make-an-art-bot-hands-on-activityand our Physical & Chemical Properties of Matter Packet:

Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter WorksheetsThis year I also did huge updates to our Earth Science Packet (adding in over 50 pages!). I added in pictures in the chart below. There were also new updates to the Simple Machines Packet, the Animal Packet, the World Animals Packet, the Biology Packet (which is more of an ecology unit) and the World Facts Packet (which is more of a geography packet… but I added in a huge section on geographic features like atoll, isthmus, etc. .. which relates to Earth Science, right?!).

This year, we also studied the Digestive System again, so that packet also got a huge update (last year we studied the Circulatory System). We spent a lot of time talking about the parts of the small and large intestine as well as the organs such as the liver, gall bladder, pancreas and their role in the digestive process. Not only did I add new notebook pages and interactive notebook pages… but I also added in an entire section on Nutrition – we spent time learning about the role fiber plays in your diet and also learned about some of the important vitamins we need.

Digestive System Worksheets and Activities Digestive System WorksheetFiber and our Digestive System worksheet and activityLast spring, we did a pretty in-depth study of the Rainforest Rainforest Unit

Rainforest Unit Worksheets and ActivitiesRainforest Animals Montessori 3-Part CardsThis spring we spent time talking about Life Cycles again.  I also made a new Life Cycle Packet — which helps kids become familiar with the different stages in the life cycles of the chicken, sea turtle, frog, mosquito, butterfly, dragonfly, bee, mouse, and ladybug. There are cut-and-paste activities, writing paper, a game, make-a-spinner activities and more.

Life Cycle Worksheets - Activities - Montessori Cards Life Cycle Game Life Cycle Writing PagesComing Soon: Someone has requested a packet on the 5 Senses. That’s in the works this summer! I’m still in the midst of writing up more hands-on activities (and doing things with my daughter to test them out!).

5 Senses Packet and Hands-On Activities

Note: The links on this page take you directly to the blog posts, so you can read more about our hands-on activities and see more pictures of the what is included in the packets.  If you are interested in purchasing our packets you can also visit Our Store as well. :)  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! ~Liesl

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P.S. Someone asked me for a printable list of our Science Packets and Bundles. It also includes a list of some of the free resources we have here on the blog. Here’s a pdf you can download and print out.

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Our Homeschool Science Units

Earth Science Activities


Earth Science Activities

Earth-Science-Packet 150 page - worksheets hands-on activities and moreEarth Science Unit - Layers of the Earth Activities Types of Volcanoes Worksheets - Interactive Notebook PagesEarth Science - Earthquake VibrationsVolcano Worksheets and Notebook Pages


Simple Machines


Simple Machines

Simple Machines Unit - Worksheets Lapbook Activities simple machines at a construction site worksheets Simple Machines Interactive Notebook Activity - levers wedge pulley screw wheel and axle inclined plane Simple Machines - Levers Inclined plane wedge pulley screw wheel and axle

Physics Unit


Physics Unit:

We did a Physics Unit a number of years ago (when the kids were 8, 6, 4). This post has some of our hands-on physics activities after we had learned about Newton and read through our physics textbooks.


Rocks and Minerals Unit


Rocks and Minerals Unit



Cell Unit

Cell Unit


Cell Packet - Cell Unit Homeschool CurriculumPlant Cells WorksheetsAnimal Cell Organelle Review SheetCell-PlaydoughPlant Cells Worksheets


Human Body Systems


Human Body Systems

Digestive System



Digestive System

Digestive System Unit: We had such fun with this unit. We did hands on activities to see how the digestive tract works (how nutrients pass through), made “fake”vomit, measured out the length of the digestive system and more! We broke this unit into three sections:


igestive-System-WorksheetsDigestive System Worksheet Digestive System Flap Book

Skeletal System



Skeletal System

  • We did a unit on the Skeletal System – We studied the bones of the body when the kids were younger (see our preschool science posts), but this time 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.Skeletal-System-Worksheets-Skeleton-Lapbook

Circulatory System


Circulatory System

Circulatory System Worksheets and Activities Circulatory System Unit Lapbook Circulatory System Worksheets


Chemistry Unit

Chemistry Unit

States of Matter Unit


Physical Properties of Matter – Chemical Properties of Matter 45+ Page Packet (Middle School Chemistry Unit)

We followed up our States of Matter Unit, with a study of the physical and chemical properties of matter which was geared more for my 11 and 13 year olds.  In this unit, we went into a lot detail about density and did a number of hands-on activities to determine the density of different materials.


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):


Science Experiment Packet

3FunScienceExperimentsChemistry Unit – A Study of the Periodic Table Topics include electrons/protons/neutrons, covalent & ionic bonds, metals/non-metals, ions & isotopes, and more.

Chemistry Unit - Worksheets Chemistry Cards Interactive Notebook Piece - Periodic Table Valence Electrons and More

Chemistry Unit - Building the Periodic Table Activity Chemistry Interactive Notebook PIece - Groups of the Periodic Table

Biosphere (Biology) Unit

Vertebrates and Invertebrates


Animal Habitats

Feeding Relationships

Biological Interactions

Biosphere (Biology) Unit

Animal-Unit-100-pages-worksheets-feathers-fur-scales-skin-vertebrates-invertebrates-insects-spidersVertebrate - Invertebrate Worksheets5-Animal-Groups-WorksheetsInvertebrate-Groups-Activities

Classification of Animals Activity and Worksheets - Vertebrates-Invertebrates Herbivores Carnivores Omnivores Worksheets Activities Sorting Cards

Nocturnal Animal Quick Study - Opossums Raccoons Skunks Beavers

Biology-Unit-Biomes-Habitats-Biological-InteractionsBiomes Worksheets and PicturesFood Chain Food Web Food Pyramid Activties - Interactive Notebook Pagessymbiosis commensalism mutualism worksheets and activities

Biology Posts from when the kids were younger (4-6)

  • Working with Mealworms — This was a series of activities we did when the kids were little! There’s a free Mealworm Activity Sheet.

Mealworm-Activity-Wet-Dry mealworms-activity-worksheet

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

Life Cycles Worksheets and Activities Life Cycles WorksheetsLife Cycle Game Life Cycle Worksheets - Activities - Montessori Cards Life Cycle Writing Pages

Earth’s 4 Systems

Layers of the Atmosphere


Earth’s 4 Systems

Layers of the Atmosphere

Layers of the Atmosphere Printable Activity Layers of the Atmosphere Packet - Worksheets Hands-On Activities Notebook Pages



Ocean Unit

Ocean Unit (ie. the hydrosphere)Ocean-Unit-Packet-Marine-Habitats-Ocean-Currents-Tides-BioluminescenceMarine Habitats Worksheets   Ocean Zones - Layers of the Ocean Activity
Ocean Zones — Layers of the OceanLayers-of-the-Ocean-ActivitiesOcean and Whale Unit (the kids were in PreK and early elementary for this unit):

Weather and Water


Weather and Water





Hands-On FunNatural Disasters (this is currently free)

Natural Disasters Worksheets


Plants Unit


Plants Unit

Botany Packet (This is a growing packet… we’ll be going into more detail about ferns, moss, and so forth next year).

Parts of a Flower Parts of a Seed Worksheets and Notebook Pages Parts of a Flower, Seed and Fruit - Notebook PagesCarnivorous Plants Worksheets Notebook Pages Lapbook and More! Botany Unit - Parts of a Flower Parts of a Seed Carnivorous Plants

Photosynthesis Worksheets

Rainforest-Plant-Activity-CardsRainforest Unit

Rainforest Unit Worksheets and ActivitiesRainforest Animals Montessori 3-Part Cards

Rainforest Insect Worksheets Rainforest Worksheets Amazon


Astronomy Unit


Astronomy Unit

We talked about the solar system and geologic time recently, but many of our activities were from when the kids were younger (ie. PreK and early elementary)

Here is an astronomy packet I shared on the blog for younger kids: Planets of the Solar System

Free Planet Worksheets - Solar System Unit

And here are some for Middle School Students: Astronomy Worksheets for Middle School

Astronomy worksheets for middle school







Electricity and Circuits

Engineering Activities

Engineering Activities

Electricity and Circuits Unit



We made an art bot as the final project in our Electricity and Circuits Unit!


More Engineering and STEM posts:








We did do a Physics Unit early on (the post there has some of our hands-on activities!). We need to do another one at some point soon (probably in fall or spring of 2016-2017).

Homeschool Den Video Post: Science in the Elementary and Middle School Years

This is a video post about Homeschool Science in the Elementary and Middle School Years. It highlights some of the activities and experiments we’ve incorporated in our science units over the years.

Homeschool Den Video Post: Science in Early Elementary

How do I start teaching science to my kids?  This is a very different answer if your kids are K-2 than if they are a bit older.  Here are some of the science topics you might want to consider if your kids are in early elementary. I put together a video of some of the activities we did when the kids were in early elementary.

Homeschool Science in Early Elementary

Early-Elementary-Science-Curriculum-TopicsOne last video for you: Simple Machines

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