Free Elementary Life Science Curriculum

I love science (I’m a bit of a nerd)  but really had not found a way to teach it in a way  that was enjoyable until I stumbled across The lab of Mr. Q… I love this curriculum! The best thing about it is the elementary life science curriculum is completely FREE! This FREE 36 week curriculum has everything you’ll need to teach your kiddos. They have neat experiments (Don’t freak out, it’s nothing crazy) that your kids will enjoy doing. All of the hard work is done for you which I LOVE!

Includes:

  • 36 weeks of instructions & assignments
  • Materials list
  • Parent Copy with all the answers and teaching suggestions
  • Glossary

He does offer other Science curriculum options but they are not for free. They all do offer you the first chapter of the student and teacher copy to download and try before you buy. They are $50 each which is still a great deal for all you are getting.  I started using this curriculum this week and my daughter and I enjoy it, I think you will too.

Other Science curriculum options:

  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Advanced Biology

Here is the link to his website: http://www.eequalsmcq.com/classicsciinfo.htm

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Snakes in Asia & Africa Online book with Work packet

This free reading comprehension packet is based on the book entitled “Snakes in Asia and Africa” by Dina Anastasio. I used some of the questions from the book and added a little bit of my own. Hope you enjoy this free homeschool assignment! This is ideal for grades 4-5.

Link to Book: Snakes in Asia and Africa

http://leveledreaderdatabase.macmillanmh.com/lrdb/eReader/base_noscorm.html?assetID=290980

9 page packet includes

Vocabulary section

Question and answer

Word search

Writing assignment

Fact finding

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10C0jXVeNZRNDLLE6wi7qGwKwdMhHlomBsz8PvES6Lpw/edit?usp=sharing

Desert Study Unit

Hello friends! This is a 9 page study unit on Deserts.

Packet includes:

Reading Comprehension

Vocabulary

Word Unscramble

Grammar

Math word problems

Writing assignment

Teacher answer sheet

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1PXIVdnS3-DbEotMXRrRExCUVE/view?usp=sharing

Link to Free textbooks, workbooks and labs for grades 1-6

I love free homeschool materials! I thought I posted this link a while ago but apparently I did not. This link will take you get free Science textbooks along with the workbooks. This will save you from having to buy the textbooks! Print what you need on the activities and you’re set! Hope this helps you on your homeschool journey.

Mcgraw Hill Science textbooks (Grades 1-6)

Reading and Writing in Science (Grades 1-6)

Activity lab books (Grades 1-6)

http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/472872-mcgraw-hill-science-textbook-workbook-lab-book-free-grade-1-6/

Grade 5 school schedule

This is my Grade 5 year round school schedule. I originally was going to schedule Friday’s off but after considering the field ministry, I think Monday’s will be a better day during the week to get out with the children. I know it looks like a lot but I wanted to make sure my daughter was getting the same types of classes she would be getting in a public school setting. Our days usually end before 3:30 but it’s nice to have that time set aside just in case an assignment goes longer than expected. Most classes will be scheduled in 30 minute blocks except math which we do for an hour each day. I like to start with math in my schedule because it’s both my daughter and my least favorite subject and I like to get it out of the way so it’s smooth sailing for the rest of the day.

Materials used this year….

Math class- we are using Khan academy but I may start using Xtra math this year.

Bible class- we are using the book “What does the Bible really teach?” as a bible study aid. Since we have Bible class scheduled daily we only read until the next subheading. Be sure to look up every scripture noted and discuss with your student to make sure the principals are understood (If your child is not yet on the level to read the Bible teach book you can use the “Learn from the great teacher” or “My book of Bible stories”) Once we complete the Bible teach book we will be moving on to the God’s love book.  (This is the only class you will need to do with your child)

Art class- We paint, draw, color and do picture studies. I’ve also found some artist biographies to complete while studying particular artists. I purchased a used textbook called Art connections which has some great assignments as well. I also posted previously a link to Mrs. Brown’s art class.

Read aloud- I really found that having my daughter listen to audio books while reading along helped her with reading. The free audiobook app we use is Librivox (free on android play store). hey also have a windows 8 application (free) or you can go to the website librivox.org. There are several languages supported. When I have a spiritual audio book assigned we use JW.org and we also downloaded an excellent app called JW pod-caster (free on android play store). It has a ton of literature (from the website) that you can listen to as well. Reading and listening to literature helps your student improve their reading skills.

Health- We are using Harcourt Health and fitness grade 5 textbook.    I make up questions based on the reading and there are also some questions provided as well.

Computer- We are focusing on keyboarding skills this year. I am using Learn to type (free online program). We also add in some typing games that I search for online to break up the monotony of typing.

Reading- I loved reading growing up and so does my daughter. We use reading comprehension books and I also use chapter books. With the chapter books I typically skim over and look up comprehension questions and  vocabulary words. You can sometimes find questions and answers online based on the chapters of whatever book your reading.  We also do lapbooks which my daughter really enjoys doing.

TIP:  Try to schedule reading before lunch that way you have time to start cooking lunch (or dinner) before class is over.  I’ve found it helps me with managing my time…

Grammar- We are using Exercises in English level E language arts book. Any grade level language arts book will do. I assign two pages per day.

Writing– For writing we do copy work, cursive practice and creative writing. I like to use scriptures from the bible and Ambleside online has some copy work assigned per grade level. I did use majority of the Ambleside copy work assignments BUT some of the passages are taken from classic literature that have a racial attitudes and language. I personally decided to leave those out.

Spelling– I use Spelling city (free online) to create lists and spelling tests. See my older post on spelling city of you are not familiar.

Geography, Science and Music- I decided to use http://allinonehomeschool.com/ for my Geography, music and Science. I have my own Harcourt Science textbook that I may switch back to but this was already done and because I was exhausted with planning curriculum,  I used  someone else’s.

PE- I use YouTube for PE. I find kids Zumba or other children’s fitness routines and have my daughter a video 1-3 times depending on the length of the video. It’s very important that we keep our kids active and doing a dance routine is a fun way to do it. Sometimes we all join in the fun!

So now that you know what I am using and below is my schedule for the day. While my daughter is doing math, I have time to work with my son who is in pre-k. I’ll do a separate post for my pre-k learner.

 

Year Round. Tuesday- Friday Schedule.  One month off for Summer break and three additional weeks off during the school year to be added when we want a break or vacation. Having Monday’s off we can go out in service and do housework. We can also use Monday’s as a makeup day if you need to make up a missed school day.

8:30 Daily Text Daily Text Daily Text Daily Text No class/ make up
8:45 Math Math Math Math No class/ Make up
9:45 Bible Bible Bible Bible No class/ make up
10:15 Art Read Aloud Art Read Aloud No class/ make up
10:45 15 min break 15 min break 15 min break 15 min break No class/ make up
11:00 Health Computer Health Computer No class/ make up
11:30 Reading Reading Reading Reading No class/ make up
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch No class/ make up
12:30 Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar No class/ make up
1:00 Writing Writing Writing Writing No class/ make up
1:30 Spelling Spelling Spelling Spelling No class/ make up
2:00 Geography Geography Geography Geography No class/ make up
2:30 Science Science Science Science No class/ make up
3:00 Music PE Music PE No class/ make up

 

 

Free Reading book and assignment

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Title: Snakes in the rain forest

By: Dina Anastasio

National content standard: Life Science

Grade: 4

Comprehension check at the end of reading and literacy activities.

Benchmark: 34, Lexile: 760

Genre: Informational non-fiction

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1PXIVdnS3-DeFUtTWtmQVNWNVE/edit?usp=sharing