Smart Start Science is a new and engaging series of Low-Prep, Hands-On experiments, and activities designed for K-2 students. This specific pack, “Scientific Method Anchor Charts” includes six posters displaying the parts of the scientific method. Both color and black and white are provided.
Scientific Method Posters
-Ask a Question “What is something you want to know?”
-Research “Find information about your question.”
-Hypothesis “Take your best guess to answer the question.”
-Test your Hypothesis “Experiment with and test your hypothesis.
-Analyze Results “Organize your data to see what it means.”
-Report “Share your data with other scientists.”
Black and White versions are provided as well. These can be used as coloring pages, or printed onto colored paper for classroom displays. These would be fantastic when printed smaller to make flashcards to small booklets for children to take home.
Smart Start Science: Scientific Method Anchor Charts
-Cultivating Clovers (Plant & Life Cycle)
-Traveling Rainbow (Capilary Action & Color Mixing)
-How Much Gold Can One Boat Hold (Engineering & Data Graphing)
-Lucky Scoop (Prediction, Graphing and Data Analysis)
Experiment Overview & Steps:
This sheet features a full color photo example of the experiment, skills in focus, materials list and step by step instructions for completing the experiment.
Data & Conclusion Journal Page:
Students track their data or draw their procedure and write in their final conclusion.
Follow Up Activity:
Each experiment includes a unique activity to follow up the experiment. Many are hands-on, fun and relatable projects, games or handouts for students to try at home.
6 Full Color Charts outlining the Scientific Method
6 Black and White Coloring Pages of the Scientific Method
With Fall right around the corner, I’ve been trying to come up with as many hands on science printables as possible! One thing there always seems to be an abundance of around our property is pine cones. Pine Cones can be great learning tools in your classroom.
Learning Ideas: Start with a nature walk to collect pine cones, then take them back into the classroom. Submerge pinecones in water to watch them close up. Extract seeds from pine cones and then break open to look inside.
It sure feels like Fall here in Southern Oregon.
The rain is back, and the trees are starting to turn colors.
It’s been an much needed break from the 105 degree weather, and the smoky fire skies.
Fall is a great time to involve children with hands on science projects.
Today I have a fun set of printables you can use to study those beautiful Fall Leaves!
This set includes a parts of a leaf chart and labeling worksheet, cut and paste activity page, coloring page & notebooking page. Plus you can even grab the clipart to design your own Fall leaf resources for your students.
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There are just so many changes going on in nature that children can really get excited about science discovery.
With Fall on the horizon I thought it would be a great time to start working on some Apple resources. Going apple picking has been a favorite activity for our family, and it provides wonderful opportunities for real life learning with some impromptu discussions.
Conversations at the apple farm stem from varieties of apples, tree grafting, cross pollination, bee populations, parts of an apple and so much more.
Today I drew up some simple worksheets and activities you can use with young children to learn the parts of an apple. There are charts, notebooking pages, coloring pages, labeling worksheets and even a cut and paste activity. Use these alongside a real apple that has been cross sectioned in half.
With the release of our latest eBook, I thought it might be helpful to post a round up of some of our most popular Homeschool Science Printables and resources!
Free Science Printables & Resources:
- Free Scientific Method Printables
- Free Periodic Table of Elements Chart
- Free Anatomy Crafts
- Free Science Clipart & Worksheets (Anatomy, Botany, Zoology, Astronomy, & Geology)
- Preschool & Kindergarten Science Games
- First Grade Science Learning Centers
- Free Printable Life Cycle Sequencing Sets
Periodic Table of the Elements Activity Pack
This activity pack includes the following resources:
- Full Color Periodic Table Chart (8.5 x 11)
- B&W Periodic Table Chart (8.5 x 11)
- A3 Size Color Periodic Table Chart (11 x 17)
- A3 Size BW Periodic Table Chart (11 x 17)
Printable Cards and Games:
- Element Letter Tiles
- Element Fact Cards
- Element Boggle Gameboard
- 8 different Element Bingo Cards
- 8 Element Bingo Cards with Symbols Only
- Fill in the Blank Symbols Worksheet
- Fill in the Name /Atomic Mass/Number Worksheet
- Blank Periodic Table in Color
- Blank Periodic Table in B&W
- Symbol Stumper Worksheet
I’ve just created some fantastic resources for learning about the human heart.
On our sister site HomeschoolClipart.com you’ll find a set that includes a human heart coloring page, worksheet, labeling sheet and reference chart just right for young children learning human anatomy. Click Here
Find More Free Human Anatomy Projects & Printables Here
Learning about the nervous system can be fascinating for children of all ages!
In Brainiacs, Merrin and Pearl venture in to the nervous system when their favorite teacher, Ms. Anderson, spills hot tea on her leg. On the way to her brain to examine how she’ll react, Merrin and Pearl ride a nerve impulse, bounce among dendrites, explore the brain’s gray matter, and so much more. In the end, they not only learn how messages are communicated between the brain and the body, but they also get a firsthand lesson on the functions of the nervous system.
Okay, I’ll be honest here……I can barely remember all the parts of a cell.
I have to Rap the parts or I will completely forget what each part is called and what they do.
But enough about my memory problems…..
Here are two amazing coloring pages for you!
Both can be printed free from HomeschoolClipart.com
You can even grab the clip art and make a custom coloring page for your students.
If you’re really wanting to drive home the point, you could check out these awesome
4D Anatomy models by Famemaster, these would look awesome on a shelf in your classroom and you could pull them down for a quick review.
Or you could replay the Rap song like me.
Learning about owls is great fun, especially when it comes to learning about food. They will swallow their food whole, bones, fur and all and then later puke up the undigested goodies in small little “owl pellets.”
Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:
Owl pellet dissection is an exciting part of connecting your students to nature.At about $3 per student for all the material and resources, owl pellets make a great selection for bringing cost-effective nature learning into the classroom. Students become consumed by what they discover and the fun begins. Click here to learn more
Art Project Tutorial:
Owl Pellet Lab Book
Print up this free owl pellet lab book before dissection.
Assemble your minibook, you'll need one for each child. Be sure to take a peek inside the booklet as children are asked to make a prediction beforehand.
In your kit you should find some owl pellet and more details about the type of owl it came from. You may even have a chart with illustrations
Remove your owl pellet from your kit and observe the outside. Draw a picture of it on the corresponding page in your book.
Begin to take detailed measurements, following the prompts in your book. Measure how long and how wide, what it feels like, and your thoughts about it.
Start separating your bones from the feathers and fur. Keep track of any you find interesting or different.
Once you have all your bones, clean your area of any debri, and try to identify the
See if you can start to piece together the bones to form an animal. Look at the shapes of the skull and the different bones to take a guess as to what it might be.
When you've put together the bones tagboard or foam sheet. different parts with white
Many children are visual learners and the use of models is a great way to introduce important information. Use this fun model of the earths layers to learn all about the different components of our wonderful world!
Empty Cardboard Box
Green Construction Paper
Play Dough, Sandpaper, Paint, Moss
Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:
Art Project Tutorial:
Lay down some green construction paper in your empty box. You can paint the bottom as well.
Use your play dough to make a mountain
Using your fingers press into the mountain down the side to make a groove
Paint the top of the mountain white
Use light blue to show the melted snow trickling down the mountain sid
Pinch together the sides of your mountain around the groove so that the trickle looks more inside.
Draw out our stream and turn it into a river, then the ocean. Add in a couple of playdough hills.
Find some moss to make your forests and glue them in the box near your mountain.
Here's what we have so far.
Use some more playdough to make an island in the middle of your ocean.
Use sandpaper to make a bit of desert in the corner. Our paper is white so we painted it tan.
Glue it in the corner and brush a little dry ground around it.
Get out some sticky labels and write the names of the different landforms you created.
Put your diorama on display! These were done for my KG and 2nd grader, but older children can certainly add in many more landforms.
These little yarn nests make a great craft for Spring. Build your nest a day ahead of time for the glue to dry. And have scrambled eggs for
breakfast so you don’t waste the food! Inspiration for this craft came from No Time for Flashcards a wonderful resource for children’s
crafts and activities
Yarn, Glue, Balloon, Eggs, Toothpick, Blue Paint
Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:
Art Project Tutorial:
Build Your Nest: Since we learned in the book above that robin's use mud to help their nest stick together, we mixed glue with some brown paint to make our mud.
Blow up your balloon, and place into a bowl. The larger the balloon, the larger the nest.....just remember it takes more yarn, more glue, and more time to make big nests. Begin by dipping your pieces of yarn into the "mud" and layering them on the balloon.
Get the yarn nice and "muddy" to ensure that it will stick together. You don't want large piles or a bunch of yard that isn't glued on. Set this on a counter to dry at least overnight. Ours was large for two days.
While your nest is drying, you can get started on the robin's eggs. To do this you can use your toothpick and poke a hole at either end of the egg. hole, and blow out the egg into a dish.
Mix your paint to make robin's egg blue. We used Crayola Washable paints. We mixed together blue, green and white and came up with a very pretty color for the eggs.
Use your paintbrush to paint the eggs. Don't worry about the holes, just paint over them, and set your eggs in a carton to dry.
After your nest is dry, pop the balloon and remove it carefully from the nest. Place your eggs inside, and keep this on your table for spring!
Use our printables to teach children the Scientific Method. You can print the chart and laminate it to hang in your classroom or cut out the strips for children to practice putting them in order. Great review for children learning to take the necessary steps when performing an experiment.
Teaching about the Scientific Method has never been so easy! With these full-color charts, handouts, and step-by-step journal pages this print & go Science Notebook can be used for any experiment. 31 pgs. Click Here
A printable chart you can hang in your classroom, or give to children to keep in their science notebooks. Additionally, you can cut an extra copy into sequencing strips to aid children in remembering the steps.
A simple step by step worksheet featuring the scientific method. This is great for review, or even beginning to explain the process to children.
I made these to use with my children as we learn to put the Scientific Method into action. This is a set of 6 steps, that will take children through the process of asking a question, forming a hypothesis, testing with variables, recording, interpreting and reporting information
Step 1: Ask a Question
Step 2: Research Topic
Step 3: State your Hypothesis
Step 4: Test your Hypothesis
Step 5: Analyze your Results
Step 6: Report Your Results
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Fall is a great time to provide children with some hands on learning fun!
Learning about pumpkins covers multiple science requirements and it’s easy to sneak in a little language and math as well.
Find Free Pumpkin Printables at PreschoolMom.com to build your thematic pumpkin unit study!
Find Christian Pumpkin Crafts at Christian Preschool Printables
Find Pumpkin Bible Verse Cards at Bible Story Printables
Find Pumpkin Learning Centers at File Folder Fun
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We completely swapped out our science curriculum
(previously: Truth in Science) for Apologia Science.
Now, don’t get me wrong here,
I still love Truth in Science.
I am so very fond of the Christ centered worldview presented throughout the program.
There was really nothing wrong with the program.
We had lots of fun learning about animal classification,
plants and trees. But…
So, I finally made the call to switch over to Apologia Science
which has pre-bound notebooking elements available.
Oh Happy Day.
This is our very first Apologia product.
(can you believe that?)
And while I always find that I am in LOVE with every curriculum that I purchase
(at least for the first half of the year *snicker*)
I’m really thinking that Apologia is going to make it the Long Term at our house.
There is just no substitute for pre-planned daily lessons,
pre-bound spiral notebooks,
and multi-level accommodations.
And no, this is not a review for Apologia,
just sharing the excitement over a new addition to our classroom.
(Though if you’re looking for a great price on Apologia products,
do check out our sponsors, Hearts at Home Curriculum!
They offer 30% Apologia EVERYDAY!)
Anyway, I love that more and more curriculum publishers
are incorporating multi-level teaching options and notebooking supplements,
it makes it so much easier for us homeschool moms!
Isn’t it fun making mid-year changes?
recently I’ve been noticing lots of different colors pop up in the yard.
as crisp and cold as it was,
we donned our hats and gloves,
and headed outside for a small nature walk.
We brought cameras, a small rubbermaid bucket
and we quickly captured Fall life all around us.
They were all so pretty that we spent all our camera batteries just taking photgraphs!
Some Fall FUNgus for you:
You can imagine how excited the children were as they found each new specimen.
We immediately took off for the library and found this wonderful book
called, Mushrooms of North America and it was filled with beautiful photographs
and information about each different kind of mushroom.
Over the next week, we will be notebooking in our journals about the variety of fungus in our area.
How fun that we can just step outside and marvel at God’s creation.
So glad we got Math worked out so we can have some more days like today!
So if you’ve been following us on Facebook this Summer,
you’ve been treated to a plethora of animal and bug photos.
We’ve been visited by many NEW and interesting creatures this Summer,
and most of them we’ve needed help in identifying.
As handy as the internet it, sometimes it’s hard to look up a bug by description.
We use these sites quite often, they are the best we’ve found:
What’s That Bug
Animal Track Guide
Printable Animal Track Identification Guide
Another Printable Animal Track Chart
But, we have come to realize that’s it’s much more efficient to simply post the photo to Facebook.
Within a few minutes we have gotten some very interesting and often accurate identifications.
It’s gotten to the point that directly after we catch a new critter,
my son says, “Post that to facebook so we can find out what it is!”
So I must say a BIG Thank you wise Facebook Followers for all your help!
You have made my job as Mommy/Biologist so much easier.
Just to prove I’m thankful, I whipped you all up a few identification printables.
There is a sheet for Bugs, Birds, and Animals.
These would be great to have on hand as your children come to you with their backyard discoveries!
I’m a big supporter of impromptu research sessions, and these will help guide young children through the identification process.
It’s Child-led learning at it’s finest.
I’m convinced that this is one of the best, easiest, and longest lasting styles of teaching.
You simply capitalize on their excitement,
and milk it for every educational drop you can get out of it.
or even one of these…
Stop what you’re doing and take them on a learning adventure!
They will love you for it!
I am spilling dirt everywhere.
Or…more accurately: Future dirt.
Cause it’s not really dirt yet.
And some of this stuff.
(cause I’m just a beginner)
Good dirt takes time.
So we’ll wait
Please pray that I don’t end up with the smelly horse sludge!
Do you compost? Got any tips -or- Smelly horse sludge stories?
If you haven’t already seen our activities for SKIN you can check out this post here.
These past couple of weeks we’ve been learning about THE BRAIN!
We made our own brain puzzle to learn about the different lobes of the brain.
We made our own Electric Neurons
And I made the kids an Egg Carton Spinal Cord to use as a visual,
As well as a variety of printable games and activities and charts:
I even ordered a Brain Mold so we can make our own Jello brain!!
How fun will that be!
As usual I’ve posted all the files and photo tutorials for these activities on our main site,
You can find all our Brain/Nervous System crafts here.
And if you want to follow along with our Human Anatomy studies,
I’ll be posting links to each unit from this main page here.
UP Next: The EYE!!!
Pssst: Did you see that Maureen from Spell Outloud is also teaching on Human Anatomy…..Lots of amazing science resources over there too, be sure to follow along!