Our 1st Grade Science Curriculum
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I was so excited to get my hands on Real Science-4-Kids Book 1 (1st grade) curriculum. The books are called Exploring the Building Blocks of Science, and what a perfect title! They really explore all areas of science from chemistry to astronomy. This curriculum comes with three books, the text book, teachers manual and laboratory notebook. You can read this interview with the author Dr. Keller for more background on the curriculum.
1st Grade Homeschool Science Curriculum
The books I received are for 1st grade (Exploring the Building Blocks of Science Book 1) and right off the bat just skimming through I was immediately impressed with the concepts they are introducing for this age group. The book covers what science is, explores the history of science and teaches the scientific method. It then moves on to teaching Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geology and Astronomy! All in an age appropriate but not watered down way. As Dr. Keller puts it, “My strategy is to introduce the ‘real’ science concepts from the beginning at an appropriate pace for each level.”
In Chemistry they learn atoms, molecules, and reactions when molecules meet. In Biology kids will learn how to sort living things within kingdoms. They will also learn about cells, viruses, bacteria and archaea. Physics is my son’s favorite topic in science. With this curriculum children will learn about force, work, energy, stored energy, and how we use and find energy. Then there is Geology — rocks, minerals, the Earth’s layers, volcanoes, earthquakes so much other good stuff. Finally there is Astronomy, where children will learn all about space. The Moon and tides, the Sun and weather, eclipses, planets and so much more are to be found in that subject.
Learning the foundation of science to ASK QUESTIONS
I haven’t even talked about how awesome the laboratory notebook is! Like I said before, the book is broken up into the different subjects (or building blocks) of science. Each subject has 4 experiments. The experiments range from observing chemical reactions, to moving energy in a toy car, to mud volcanoes and modeling the planets. But my favorite part is how they have broken up the worksheets in the laboratory notebook. 1. Think about it. 2. Observe it. 3. What did you discover? 4. Why? 5. Just for fun.
I think this teaches little ones to slow down and really think and wonder about things which is so important not just in science but in LIFE!