Lower Elementary Science Unit Studies

Lower Elementary Science Unit Studies

As a Christian family, we do not believe in an old earth or macroevolution, so it can be hard to find homeschool science resources that reflect these biblical views. We have been reviewing Learning About Science Collection, Level 2 from WriteBonnieRose. While the material itself does not discuss the origins of the earth, there is a curated list of applicable content from creationist websites that we found very helpful as a supplement.

We have used Level 1 previously and enjoyed it as it’s right on par with what my children are able to understand about these topics. I feel Level 2 is geared toward the same age levels, so my recommendation would be using these resources with lower elementary age students. For reference, my children will be in 2nd grade and Kindergarten next month.

About the Learning About Science Collection

What I really like about the Learning About Science Collection is that they cover a broad spectrum of topics, which is perfect for beginning sciences. I firmly believe in the spiral method for learning as we must learn foundational facts before building upon them with theories and subjective opinions. These units are exactly the foundational elements children need.

Level 2 includes eight units plus the document with all the supplementary links. There are several dozen links to videos, audio tracks/podcasts, and websites that we found very informative. A short sampling of sites includes Answers in Genesis, Creation Science 4 Kids, Institute for Creation Research, and Northwest Treasures.

Since this review period was much shorter than usual, we didn’t get to use these as much as I would have liked, but in looking over everything, the units are all very similar in structure and include:

  • vocab words to trace
  • pictures to color (some are full page, others are small and serve to add a visual to difficult vocab words such as “seismologist”
  • text throughout, but most are not huge blocks of text that they will zone out while reading
  • review questions at the end where the child circles the correct answer (these are very basic)

The unit about hibernation also includes long-answer questions. This one also has longer reading passages, so it would be a better fit for kids on the older end of the spectrum.

How We Used It

We did the unit called Scientists and the Scientific Method, which has 14 pages of material that I printed double-sided for each child. It starts with the steps of the scientific method and why they are necessary. I read this aloud to them and had them trace each vocab word as we came to it, and they colored in the pictures while I was reading to them.

I gave additional examples and commentary myself as we went, so it was more like a conversation rather than a lecture. I found it to lend itself well to narration, which really helped with reinforcing the material. Some of the words are long and complicated for young children to learn, so having them say the words with me helped and make them giggle at times.

The unit then moves on to the types of sciences (mathematics, social, physical, and life science) and types of scientists (physicist, botanist, volcanologist, etc.). Then we have several pages of famous (and not as famous) scientists with info about what each did. Each of these sections has a blurb, a tracing word, and a small picture with it.

At the end, there is an eight-question review where the child circles the answer to the question asked. These include both words and pictures so they were a little easier than if they were open-ended or not multiple choice, or if they only had text. But that’s perfect for youngsters anyway, so that’s not a complaint.

As I mentioned before, I think these science worksheets are best suited for lower elementary age students who do not have their writing skills down well yet and can use the fine motor practice that tracing and coloring have to offer. The concepts are not so difficult that they can’t understand them but additional instruction using the linked sites definitely comes in handy for repetition and a different way of explaining the material. Hands-on activities that you come up with to go with the material are also helpful. I had intended to do an experiment with them as part of this but I didn’t get around to it, but we will for sure come back to this and review the scientific method again when we are ready to do an experiment a few times to test a hypothesis. It’s easy enough to print off more pages, and Bonnie does include a license for the whole family.

I’m really looking forward to the unit on simple machines, as that one lends itself to a lot of hands-on demonstrations, and also A Closer Look at Body Systems, which is very thorough but presents each system and organ in a way that young children can understand (having the clip art really helps!).

Other reviewers were using Level 2 of this homeschool science program as well as Level 1, and also Level 3 which has a print version and a cursive version. Find out more at the Homeschool Review Crew!

 

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