Thursday, September 12, 2013

Free Elementary Science Curriculum for Homeschool: Weeks 1-4

This is our first year homeschooling.  With being new to homeschooling I didn't want to spend a fortune on curriculum.  (You can see our first year curriculum choices here.)  I looked at a lot of science curriculum.  They were either expensive or they weren't quite what I was looking for.  My children didn't have a ton of science in the public school and I wanted to give them a broad view of some of the more popular aspects of science.  I wanted a curriculum with life science, earth science, and physical science in one year.  And it had to be for a 1st and 3rd grader.

I couldn't find what I was looking for, so I decided to make up my own.  I'm a licensed 5-12 science teacher, so I'm not completely hopeless with writing my own curriculum.  My plan was to have a third of the school year for each discipline that I wanted to cover.  We'd cover the highlights of each discipline and the things my kids are interested.  Before school started I was able to whip out 8 weeks and get a slight plan of the rest of the year.  Then we started school and I realized my personal time was limited.  I still have to work on the rest of the curriculum and hope to get back to it soon (amidst a million other things).  Maybe posting my curriculum will motivate me to get the rest done.  I'm hoping to post it in 4 week increments as we do it.  We're currently on our 5th week right now.  I can't promise I'll get it out every four weeks.  Eventually I'll have the whole curriculum out. 

And why free?  My husband says I should charge for it since I've spent so much time compiling it.    But I'm a stay-at-home homeschooling mom and I know what it means to be on a budget.  I just don't feel right about charging for this.  I've used free things off the Internet.  My curriculum is a lot of reading (my kids love books), worksheets that are free on the Web, links that are free (most of them), and fun labs that have been done a hundred different ways.  I'm not a designer and my curriculum is not fancy.  There is absolutely no need to purchase many items for this curriculum.  You may need some items for the labs, but I've included virtual options too.  I'll eventually link to the Amazon items I use for science and that is my only way of making any money off of this curriculum.  The Amazon affiliate links are at no additional cost to you, but may provide me with a little income if you purchase something.  So thank you in advance if you use an Amazon link.  But being a budget friendly mom...if you're looking to purchase something...check out where you can get the best deal.

So let's get on to the first four weeks of an Introductory Science Curriculum.  It's designed for K-3, but can be used up to 5th grade.  I'm sorry if there are any errors or broken links.  I'll work on fixing things as I can.  I've realized my Amazon links don't work on the I'll get to fixing that someday.

The first part of the pdf file contains the usual legal stuff (no copying, selling, etc).  I tell how to use the curriculum and how I use it.  Then we get to the good stuff.  Each week contains 3-4 activities that can be done in 3-4 days or combined to be done in less days.  Everything can be about it in the introduction of the parent lesson book.   Then there is a lab day.  That's what my kids look forward to all week.  And I do too!  The hands-on lessons are the best.  I wish I had time to prep for them everyday.

Link to Introductory Science Curriculum Lesson Plans Weeks 1-4

Link to Introductory Science Curriculum Student Worksheets Weeks 1-4

Week 1:  Introduction to Science and Inquiry (Learn about different types of science, scientists, gain skills for lab and asking questions.)

Week 2:  The 5 Senses (We use most of our senses to examine the world around us and to do science, so this is one of the first things we study.)

Week 3: Living Things (We start off with life science and the characteristics of living things.  There's an easy introduction into cells and some microscope work.)

Week 4: Habitats (My kids love animals and we study habitats this week.)

If you decide to download the pdf files...have fun!  And thanks for taking the time to stop by.  I hope you have fun enjoying science with your kids.  Stay tuned for more science in the future.

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