Personal materials to bring to class each day:
- Pencils with erasers
- Colored pencils or pens
- A science notebook with at least 60 pages. You may use a composition notebook or a blank sketchbook. My personal preference is a sketchbook with heavy blank pages for older students, and pages that are half blank and half lined for younger students.
- Glue stick
- Scissors (type should be age appropriate)
*If you prefer, these materials can be stored in our science classroom during the week in a bag labeled with your child’s name.
By JANUARY 5 (Week 11), please have purchased a simple rock and mineral kit for your family. This one is great and inexpensive. If it is out of stock, you are welcome to find/use a kit that includes these 15 samples. We will use these in class during Weeks 11-13.
If you’d like to supplement at home with additional activities and worksheets, there are MANY options out there. I like the simplicity of Elemental Science Grammar Stage (Grades 1-4) and Elemental Science Logic Stage (Grades 5-8). Other great options are R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Earth & Space, or Earth & Environment, or Astronomy. If you prefer a text that reads more like literature, check out Sassafras Science (they have Earth Science, Geology, and Astronomy materials). I will be utilizing all of the above periodically in class.
View the 2020-2021 Science Syllabus HERE.
Any Age (optional):
Ancient Science: 40 Time-Traveling, World-Exploring, History-Making Activities for Kids by Jim Weiss
Archimedes and the Door to Science by Jeanne Bendick
Science Year by Year: A Visual History, From Stone Tools to Space Travel by DK and Smithsonian
Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World by Julia Rothman (her other books are wonderful too!)
The Way Science Works by DK Publishing
The Usborne Science Encyclopedia
The Usborne Complete Book of the Human Body
History of Science Timeline by Rea Berg (bfbooks.com)
5th Grade & Up (optional):
The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way by Joy Hakim
Student’s Quest Guide: Aristotle Leads the Way by Johns Hopkins University
Timelines of Science: The Ultimate Visual Guide to the Discoveries That Shaped the World by DK and Smithsonian