Holidays · Science

Halloween STEM Activity: Pumpkin Chunkin’ Catapult

October is such a great month for incorporating fun STEM! From autumn to Halloween, there are so many opportunities to add fun scientific activities. Since those little candy pumpkins are all the rage around my house, I combined a favorite STEM activity, building catapults, with the scientific method and candy pumpkins, of course. First, we… Continue reading Halloween STEM Activity: Pumpkin Chunkin’ Catapult

Curriculum · Science

Planning for Apologia Biology

(The included Amazon links are affiliate links and some of the TeachersPayTeachers.com links are to products in my store. If you use the links to make a purchase, you help to support this blog. Thank you!) My oldest child will be starting ninth grade in a few weeks. She will be our first high school… Continue reading Planning for Apologia Biology

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The Coolest Homeschool Science Gadget Ever

This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon. Purchases made through the link help support this blog. Thanks! As part of our botany unit, we have been using our microscope A LOT. At one point, when we were viewing an anther from a lily covered in pollen grains, my 7th grader said what a great… Continue reading The Coolest Homeschool Science Gadget Ever

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Botany with The Good & The Beautiful and a new flower parts iron-on

This post contains an affiliate link to my TeachersPayTeachers.com store. Purchases made in the store through the link help to fund this blog. Thanks! We are a few weeks into our The Good & The Beautiful Botany unit, and I have to say it is one of my favorite units to date. We have really… Continue reading Botany with The Good & The Beautiful and a new flower parts iron-on

Field Trips · Science

Nature Study resources for Texas homeschoolers

Nature study is one of the coolest things about homeschooling and one of our favorite weekly activities. We go on a hike around the neighborhood or an area park and look for something: wild flowers, clouds, trees, acorns, insects, birds, animal tracks, rocks, or fossils. We talk about weather, life cycles, ecosystem, man's effect on… Continue reading Nature Study resources for Texas homeschoolers

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Making Plant Cell T-shirts for The Good and The Beautiful Botany Unit

(The included links to products at Amazon and Teachers Pay Teachers are affiliate links. If you use the links to make a purchase, you help to support this blog. Thank you!) We are still working in our Kingdoms and Classification science unit from The Good and The Beautiful, however I have started planning fun activities… Continue reading Making Plant Cell T-shirts for The Good and The Beautiful Botany Unit

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A Delicious DNA Model

I feel like we have had a little "model mania" in science lately. Today was a favorite though, mainly because it involved CANDY! Since we are learning about cells, I added in a lesson about DNA, even though our current unit is about classification and not genetics. First, we reviewed cell organelles and their functions… Continue reading A Delicious DNA Model

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Aprons with Iron-on Cell Diagrams

(The included Amazon links are affiliate links. If you use the links to make a purchase, you help to support this blog. Thank you!) Diagrams and models are important to science learning because it helps students visualize things that they cannot usually observe. If they can be involved in the creation of models and diagrams,… Continue reading Aprons with Iron-on Cell Diagrams

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Nature Study Monday: Rocks

Mondays are our Nature Study days. We usually go to a local area for a nature hike with a purpose of learning more about a specific topic. Topics may be from our Nature Notebooks, or we may pick our own topic and use some of the blank pages in the journal to draw, write, or… Continue reading Nature Study Monday: Rocks

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Organizing Science Units from The Good and the Beautiful

We have been using science units from The Good and the Beautiful for two years now. Last year, we completed the units for Marine Biology (free), Chemistry, Human Body, Arthropods, and Into to Energy (this used to be 2 units, they have now been combined into one unit). This year, I scheduled fewer units for… Continue reading Organizing Science Units from The Good and the Beautiful