2014-2015 School Review: Science

Moving on with our recap of each subject from our 2014-2015 homeschool year (1st/3rd grade). Up today: science.

{Check out our reviews of mathlanguage artsgeography, and history as well.}

This year we focused on space, weather, and animals. We also read several books about the contributions of scientists, talked a bit about the scientific method, and did a brief overview of different scientific disciplines (i.e., what is physics, what is chemistry). In addition we did some simple experiments from Science Projects: Physics Tricks

We read lots of books

  • The Sky Is Full of Stars by Franklyn M. Branley
  • The Planets in Our Solar System by Franklyn M. Branley
  • Floating in Space by Franklyn M. Branley
  • Why Do Astronauts Float in Space? by Mason Crest Publishers
  • Space by Alan Dyer
  • The Sun and Other Stars by World Book, Inc.
  • What Is the Full Moon Full Of? by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
  • Here in Space by David Milgrim
  • Our Solar System by Reader’s Digest
  • Weather Everywhere by Denise Casey
  • Field Guides: Weather by Eduardo Banqueri
  • (Smithsonian) Weather by Seymour Simon
  • Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons
  • It’s Snowing! by Gail Gibbons
  • DK Eye Wonder: Weather by Lorrie Mack
  • Weather Mania: Discovering What’s Up and What’s Coming Down by Michael A. DiSpezio
  • DK Eyewitness Books: Weather edited by John Farndon and Marion Dent
  • Weather: Whipping Up a Storm! by Dan Green
Animals (meerkats)
  • Meerkat’s Burrow by Dee Phillips
  • What On Earth Is a Meerkat? by Jenny Tesar
  • A Mob of Meerkats by Heidi Moore
Animals (big cats)
  • Cheetahs by Ann O. Squire
  • Cougars by Lynn M. Stone
  • Snow Leopards: Hunters of the Snow and Ice by Elaine Landau
  • Wildcats of North America: Lynx by Jalma Barrett
  • Mission: Lion Rescue by Ashlee Brown Blewett
  • Adventures of Riley: Tigers in Terai by Amanda Lumry and Laura Hurwitz
  • A Visual Introduction to Wild Cats by Bernard Stonehouse
Animals (penguins)
  • The Life Cycle of an Emperor Penguin by Bobbie Kalman
  • Penguin by Rebecca Stefoff
  • Penguins! by Gail Gibbons
  • The Emperor Lays an Egg by Brenda Z. Guiberson
  • The World of Penguins by Evelyne Daigle
Animals (kangaroos)
  • Life Cycles: The Kangaroo by Diana Noonan
  • A Mob of Kangaroos by Richard and Louise Spilsbury
  • Joey: The Story of a Baby Kangaroo by Hope Ryden
  • Amazing Animals: Kangaroos by Kate Riggs
Animals (zebras)
  • Animal Prey: Zebras by Sandra Markle
  • A Zebra’s World by Caroline Arnold
  • Endangered! Zebras by Shona Grimbly
  • After the Kill by Darrin Lunde
Biographies/Contributions of Scientists/Inventors
  • Marie Curie by Elizabeth Macleod
  • The Explosion Zone: Curie and the Science of Radioactivity by Ian Graham
  • To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers by Wendie Old
  • Galileo: Scientist and Stargazer by Jacqueline Mitton
  • Jane Goodall: Living Chimp Style by Mary Virginia Fox
  • Who Was Charles Darwin? by Deborah Hopkinson
  • What Mr. Darwin Saw by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom
  • One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin by Kathyrn Lasky
  • Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
  • Darwin by Alice B. McGinty
  • Feel the Force (pop up physics) by Tom Adams
  • Dandeions by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
  • Chemistry: Getting a Big Reaction! by Dan Green
  • Extreme Physics: Take a Quantum Leap to the Edge of Science by Dan Green
  • Get the Scoop on Animal Poop by Dawn Cusick
  • Dinosaurs: The Bare Bones! by Dan Green

We perused some interesting websites

We watched a lot of cool science shows

  • The Science of Disney Imagineering: Gravity, Designs and Models, Energy, Electricity, Friction, Levers and Pulleys, Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion, Trajectory, Fluids, Animal Adaptations (Communication)
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy: Inventions, Storms, Motion, Do-It-Yourself Science
  • Safety Smart Science: Electricity
  • SciGirls: Seasons One and Two
  • School House Rock: Science
  • Disney’s Animal World: Meerkats and Warthogs, Giraffes and Zebras, Hippos and Crocodiles, Monkeys and Chimpanzees
  • How It’s Made: The Fun Stuff

We visited a few fun places

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