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  1. Is anybody else planning their 3rd grade chemistry? So far I'm enchanted by Ellen McHenry's Elements (12 weeks, 8yo and up) perhaps to follow with her Brain (9 weeks, 8yo and up) and, if Button is up to it, Carbon Chemistry (no time listed, for 9yo and up). I figure that be a year's worth of work. I'm tempted to use REAL Science Chemistry as a spine, but perhaps that would be a pointless addition. I thought I'd supplement with Basher's Periodic Table and Basher's Chemistry Cartoon Guide to Chemistry (for older children -- will have to see how this goes) Maybe biographies for Marie Curie George Washington Carver Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek Louis Pasteur Lord Kelvin (? -- the distinction btw. physics and chemists blurs/doesn't apply this early, not sure when we'll do Kelvin) Antoine Lavoisier Josiah Wedgwood -- not an academic chemist, but functionally a master materials scientist; would love to find a good bio for him Montessori-style cards were made by this blogger (links to her instructions) using this Elements site -- basic subatomic structure of each element. I haven't figured out whether or not I want to to this myself. we ourselves don't work very well from DK-style books, so none are listed ... but what are y'all doing? or, if you've come through Grammar chemistry already, what have you liked? ETA resources suggested by others, down-thread: Elemental Science curriculum GEMS Chemical Reactions unit Mr. Q's Chemistry Noeo Chemistry II Royal Fireworks' Press Dr. Dave's Teaching Manuals: Chemistry (text + CD with visuals; you can download a sample) Guest Hollow's chemistry (this is a free scheduling of resources for a year of chemistry: do visit for the resource list at least, incl. DVDs) Homeschool Share's free chemistry unit (lapbooking/notebooking) ACS middle school chemistry-- this is free, but FWIW boardies much prefer McHenry's Elements. It is suggested to try ACS, then Elements since ACS is simpler; the ACS includes videos of dramatic demonstrations you prob. won't be doing at home :) ACS's Wonderscience activity book (on Amazon, used, much more cheaply) -- boardies love this resource. "Chemically Active: Experiments You Can Do At Home" book by Cobb "Exploring the World of Chemistry: From Ancient Metals to High-Speed Supercomputers" by Tiner Memoria Press' guide to the Tiner book above (they sell the text, too) -- scroll down a bit. "The Disappearing Spoon": this is not a book written for children; good resource for the parent or for a child old enough to enjoy. A living book. Theodore Gray's "The Elements" " "Elements Vault": Treasures of the Periodic Table w/ Removable Documents and Real Element Samples Incl. Gold " Photographic Card Deck of the Elements " The Elements Puzzle (1000 pieces) periodictable.com (from Gray & co, just like the Elements book but with other stuff too) periodicvideos.com from the University of Nottingham: videos for all elements, links to the authors' writing in the peer-reviewed journals Science and Nature Chemistry, &c.
  2. I am looking to purchase one or the other, or maybe some of both. The way we tend to do science around here (and history too) is to throw ourselves into a study for 4-6 weeks, then switch to something else. Right now I am knee-deep in planning. Ideally I'd like to have 3-4 different science avenues to choose from. Oh, and the kids are 8 & 10. TOPS: We have dabbled with Lentil Science in the past (the k-3 book) and I am now considering moving up to the 4-6 book. I was also looking at Corn & Beans or Radishes (or both???). I was also thinking maybe electricy and/or magnetism. GEMS: This just stumbled onto my radar and I am impressed. There are a lot of choices so I am hoping someone can point me to some 'gems' :D that we can consider. There haven't been any real science request other than the human body (but I think I've got my path for that one already) so I am open to anything really!
  3. I'm considering this GEMS unit, Plate Tectonics, for next year. What was your experience with this kit? THanks, Capt Uhura
  4. Please. :willy_nilly: To simplify my life I need to stick with my grammar stage child's science rotation and so my grade 5 dd will be studying earth and space. I want them studying the same topic but they don't need to be using the same books. :) We did Apologia's Astronomy last time and a mish mash of earth stuff that left a lot to be desired (we dabbled with CKE and then a few other things). We got the topics covered but our earth science part could have been so much more. So, here I am at logic stage and have no clue what I want to do and every time I think about it I want to puke. I love science, my dd loves science and dh thinks it's very important we devote a lot of time to science. So how do I put together a solid earth & space program for this year? :001_huh: I do not want to do CPO. I simply can't wrap my head around it and I get too stressed so that's not what I need. I'm thinking PLATO? Maybe? Is it stand-alone or a supplement? I could do things the WTM way but I'm not so sure that's going to go over. It could if I dedicate a lot of time to planning it out ahead but I don't know if I'll have that time in the spring or not. Plus, I'm kind of worried I'd miss something crucial. :glare: Please, somebody just tell me what to do. :tongue_smilie:
  5. and it looks awesome! However, it does feel overwhelming. If you have used this before -- Have you done all of the stations or just picked some. Have you done the Tree of Life and the Timeline and the poster. I am not sure I can pull off doing all of it but I can see doing some of it. Or maybe I just do some of it and then some more. Does that make sense? KarenAnne, I think I need you to come over to my house and help get organized! :D Susie
  6. We got the materials in the mail! I was surprised at how nicely it is laid out for me. We're going to start with Life Through Time. Are there any creatures/plants/lava dirt that you needed to order online? Is there anything else I need to know? Did you skip over anything or make any changes? We also got River Cutters, Plate Tectonics and Earth, Moon and Stars. I cannot look through those yet, as Life Through Time is overwhelming enough! :D
  7. And how many units would I need for January thru June? Oh - and if there is one that is NOT to be missed, you can throw that idea out there too! ;)
  8. I've seen it mentioned on here and am curious about it. It looks like fun and something my dc would enjoy. I'm really wanting to add some fun into our day and think this might work for us. For those who have used it, what did you buy and how did it work?
  9. Experiments! Experiments! Experiments! Is there a curriculum that would offer alot of experiments using things you might have on hand? I would like some flow of things and teaching lessons to go with them...
  10. Has anybody used both of these who can compare them for me? Which would you recommend? This would be for an advanced grade four. TIA!
  11. I am in search of a meaty science curriculum (grade 6 and up) that is written by a scientist. I need one that goes into depth rather than covering a lot of different information. Any suggestions?
  12. I love science. I'm not afraid to teach science. I grew up with a PhD Chemist for a dad - I did a lot of science LOL. I have science loving kids. Why do I feel like I can never find anything I like for science? I've seen just about everything out there. I don't like anything. I've thought a few things we've used are ok - especially compared to stuff I haven't liked. But I haven't ever just loved anything. I sit here thinking about next year for my rising 6th and 2nd graders - and I just can't get excited about anything for what should be a completely terrific subject. I just had to vent... Thanks Heather
  13. I always think I'm going to get to these when I start a new unit, but it turns out being books books books. We do some field trips and have fun with geography but I just have a problem doing that mess up the table for a day kind of stuff. A planner sheet to help me be sure I have materials would be lovely but I'm just looking mainly for someone who does hands on and does them well to tell me what they do :bigear:. I'm using TOG with 11 yr old and 8 yo girls. They're very much into the hands on. I am very much NOT. TIA
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