Explore Science is an effective way to teach your children science, hands-on. Explore Science was designed to be taught, to one, two, or multiple students at the same time. Working at the rate of one lesson per week, you should be able to complete a full unit in about one month. Even first-time homeschoolers can confidently give their students a solid science foundation in about one hour per week using Explore Science.
Everything you need to teach this unit has been provided: many of the materials you will need, a list of materials to collect, a step-by-step guide for leading students through each lesson, and even the questions to pose with answers you won’t have to look up. To adapt each lesson to your students’ interests and abilities or to a small group or co-op, we have included additional activities and references for further study at the end of each lesson.
Explore Science takes a 5E approach to science education, engaging students in learning science by doing science hands on. Each lesson begins with hands-on activities that engage students with the subject matter. Clear, detailed information and interactive questions provided before, during, and after the hands-on activities enable you to explain what the students experience and engage them in processing concepts. There’s always an application to what they have learned, and we provide evaluation approaches so you can check for comprehension.
Each unit was designed to stand alone. While there is no pre-requisite to a unit, we strongly recommend that you begin with Explore Science: An Intro to Scientific Skills to provide a foundation to all other units. The introductory unit teaches concepts and vocabulary your students will use in all other units and comes with materials you will use over and over. After completing the introductory unit, you may move from unit to unit, following your students’ interests, or complete a set of related units over the course of a semester. Our website describes the scope of each unit to help you decide what to cover next.
WHEN YOU OPEN THE BOX
Review the comprehensive Materials List and make a short list of items you will need to gather. Many of the needed materials have been provided in the kit, but a few purchases may be necessary. If you are adapting the unit to advanced or special needs students or will be teaching in a small group or co-op, the materials for the additional suggested activities are listed for you in the “For Further Study (Optional)” portion of the Materials List.
In every unit, students will record activities in the science notebooks they received with Explore Science: An Intro to Scientific Skills. Additional science notebooks are available in the Explore Science Basic Kit (Item # ES-BASICKT), along with colored pencils and a magnifying glass. We recommend each student have his or her own notebook.
BEFORE YOU START
Read through a new lesson all the way to the end and gather the materials to complete all the activities. Some lessons take a little bit of preparation or a trip outdoors. Be sure to read the additional sections at the end of the lesson for ideas on how to personalize the lesson for your students. Anticipate an enjoyable time with your students and let us know how we can help!