For years, I have wanted to put together a collection of science lessons and activities for middle-level students. I am excited to share with you that my vision is finally coming to fruition. My intent is to create three comprehensive collections: Life Logic (biology, botany, zoology, marine science and ecology), Earth Logic (oceanography, geology, meteorology, astronomy), and Physics Logic (physics and chemistry)
My goal in writing this curriculum is to provide a hands-on science curriculum that will challenge middle-level students and instill a love of science. I have included hands-on activities every week, readings, as well as long-term projects. All of the activities described have been field tested in the public school setting with students in 4th-6th grade. The lessons are written with homeschooling families in mind but can also be adapted to a co-op or classroom setting.
The first volume of lessons, Earth Logic: Our Dynamic Earth, is a 10 week unit study on the geology of our Earth incorporating scientific inquiry and language arts applications. It is available now – see the right side-bar. You may choose from an E-book (PDF) or a print version (comb or spiral binding). Click here to see an outline for the unit and sample lessons.
My goal is to release new units every few months… the next unit, Life Logic: Ecology Explorations will be available in mid-summer and Physics Logic: Cool Chemistry will be released in the fall. Those following Susan Wise Bauer’s The Well-Trained Mind method may choose to teach all the Earth Logic units together (Our Dynamic Earth, Weather & Climate, and Astronomy). However, each unit can also stand alone so feel free to mix and match according to student interest. A suggested course of study that provides a spiral approach to each discipline will also be made available.
I have also developed a website dedicated to Science Logic so that I can more effectively communicate when new units are available and provide free samples. If you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. I want this curriculum to be user-friendly, so your feedback is encouraged!
April 30, 2009 at 2:20 pm
Did you get any sleep last night??
From what I can see it is going to be great! I am excited to see it all! I
April 30, 2009 at 11:54 pm
wow! that’s great! I am off to see the sample. Congratulations 🙂
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May 1, 2009 at 2:27 am
I just looked at the sample and I’m excited. I know it’ll be a great study. Please let us know when it is available!
May 2, 2009 at 3:23 am
AMAZING…you are such a hardworking homeschoolin’ mama! Your site is inspirational…and makes me miss teaching the boys’!
May 2, 2009 at 6:08 am
I updated the sample earlier this morning – including more sample lessons…
May 9, 2009 at 3:45 am
I really like the look of your sample lessons. I’d be interested in seeing what material was left out of the samples. Also I’m going to teach a coop class for 1st-5th graders. Do you think your lessons could be easily adapted for the 1st-3rd crowd? And do you have a date for completion of the weather and astrology units? Thanks!
May 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm
I believe the activities could certainly be adaptable for younger children. My 1st grade DD sits in on the lessons I teach to a group of middle-level girls (ages 9-12). She understands most of what is presented but really ‘gets-it’ during the hands-on portion. She just can’t do the research or extension activities. She also narrates her answers to questions as opposed to written responses.
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