Science Units

Homeschool Science Units and Curriculum

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 — liesl at homeschoolden dot com.  And 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.

ScienceHomeschoolChecklistBelow 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 between $4.00 and $8.00), 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 chart is always a work in progress!  You know how that goes! :) Latest update, Dec. 2016: I just added in the units we did this fall including the

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

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Our Homeschool Science Units

Earth Science Activities


Earth Science Activities

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Simple Machines

 

Simple Machines

Simple Machines Packet

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.

white-lightWe need to do another physics unit at some point soon (probably in fall or spring of 2016-2017).

Rocks and Minerals Unit

 

Rocks and Minerals Unit

Rocks-and-Minerals-Unit-Packet

Types-of-Rocks-Worksheets

Cell Unit

Cell Unit

 

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:

Epiglottis-Activity-Choking

DigestiveSystemPacket-New-and-Updated

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

Muscular and Circulatory Systems


Muscular and Circulatory Systems

  • We were going to do units on the muscular system and circulatory systems this spring (2016), but ran out of time at the end of the year!! :) So that’s (hopefully) on the plate for the coming fall (2016)

MuscularSystemWorksheets

CirculatorySystem

Chemistry Unit

Chemistry Unit

States of Matter Unit

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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.

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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):

ColorExplosion-in-Milk

Science Experiment Packet

3FunScienceExperiments

Biosphere (Biology) Unit

Vertebrates and Invertebrates

Biomes

Animal Habitats

Feeding Relationships

Biological Interactions

Biosphere (Biology) Unit

Biology-Unit-Biomes-Habitats-Biological-Interactions

Biomes-WorksheetsBiology 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

Earth’s 4 Systems

Layers of the Atmosphere

 

Earth’s 4 Systems

Layers of the Atmosphere

Ocean Unit

Ocean Unit (ie. the hydrosphere)Ocean-Unit-Packet-Marine-Habitats-Ocean-Currents-Tides-Bioluminescence
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

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WaterCycleForKids-USGS

Water-Cycle-Divides-Watershed-Aquifer-WaterTable-Notebook-Pages

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Hands-On Fun

 

Plants Unit


Plants Unit

Photosynthesis Worksheets

Rainforest-Plant-Activity-Cards

hamburger-to-plant-activity

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)

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FreePlanetWorksheets

GeologicTimeline

inner-outer-planets

Phases-of-the-Moon-With-oreos

STEM

Electricity and Circuits

Engineering Activities

Engineering Activities

Electricity and Circuits Unit

electricity-and-circuits-stem-packetelectricity-and-circuits-unit-hands-on-activities-conductors-insulators

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

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More Engineering and STEM posts:

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Dinosaurs


 

Dinosaurs

Dinosaur-structure

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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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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