Available from Bright Ideas Press is The Scientist's Apprentice: A complete one-year science curriculum for elementary grades by Hilary Welliver. The book is divided into four units: astronomy, anatomy, earth science, and oceanography. Each unit is jam packed with experiments, activities, art, and songs. Also included are reproducible student activity sheets and reproducible teacher planning sheets. Let's take a walk through the anatomy unit so you can see how much fun this is. Activities include tracing the body on butcher paper and labeling the parts, making a handprint and a footprint, learning a body parts song, creating felt body parts for younger children to play with, examining cheek scrapings under a microscope, making a skeleton out of paper plates, and much, much more! The activities are surrounded by an engaging discussion of the concepts. In addition to having fun, students learn about observation, record keeping, and the building blocks of the scientific method. This provides a great foundation for the "higher level" sciences as the child progresses through school. This book is a great source for meaningful activities to get kids excited about science and to give them a great elementary foundation.
Another science resource from Bright Ideas Press is Over Our Heads in Wonder: Science and the Sky: A Sourcebook of Bible Studies with Science Activities for Grades K - 5 by Esther Yant. This volume is full of any-time-any-where activities covering clouds, rainbows, the sun, stars, snow, wind, storms, and air. Subjects covered include science, Bible, writing, math, reading, art, and research. This book can be used as a unit study, a daily devotional, a science class, or language arts project. Truly versatile, Ms. Yant has given us a great way to explore God's wonders in the sky!
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And another perspective on these science resources:
Over Our Heads in Wonder, Science and the Sky, by Esther Yant, is a sourcebook of Bible studies with science activities for Kindergarten through fifth grade. I LOVED the reasons to study the sky. My favorites were: The sky can always be observed - day or night, rain or shine; The sky is free - you can study it with your five senses; and The sky can teach us about God and His creation. Readings, discussion, and activities about wind, storms, stars, planet Earth, and more are included. Lots of experiments and year-round projects are presented. I really like the weather activities and the heat index chart.
The Scientist's Apprentice, by Hilary Welliver, is a one-year curriculum for elementary grades. The Scientist's Apprentice has four units that cover astronomy, anatomy, Earth science, and oceanography. There are many fun, hands-on activities included. My kids love words games, and there are plenty included that will please them and teach about science at the same time. The experiments are easy to perform at home with common household items. A week-by-week plan is included in the teacher's guide. This is a flexible and fun science curriculum that you and your children will enjoy.
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