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Weather-Tracking Tools

Lesson plan by Kidsgardening.org

Overview: Weather plays a big role in the success of your school garden. This lesson offers ideas for homemade weather-tracking tools to help you learn how to observe rain, air pressure and humidity.

Grade Level/Range: Grades K-5

Objectives: Students will learn how to track different types of weather components and understand their impact on plant growth.

Science Labs For Home School Families

By Dr. Ronald E. Johnson, C.Ph.D.

Home school families sometimes shy away from science labs/experiments, but realize that most colleges require some lab projects (especially for biology and chemistry). Some home school cooperatives supply science kits for rotation among families. That is not always practical. Moreover, most science kits are expensive and some parents do not feel comfortable “messing around with chemicals.”

How Do Science and Math Become Real?

by Daniel Yordy

Science and math are typically taught and learned in a vacuum, as numbers and diagrams from the pages of a workbook. But project-led learning gives an entirely different approach in which science and math become almost a sideshow, essential building blocks in the creation of something of great value to the child.

Geology for the Distance Learner

by Trina Riegel, M.S.

Geology means the study of the earth.  In order to best understand Earth, students must study Earth directly.  This means outside, in the elements, looking at rocks and minerals as they are found naturally.  The best Geology course is one that may never set foot in a classroom.  The great outdoors is the laboratory. 

Learning to Love Science with Microbiology

by Cynthia Alonzo, MS

Too often we educators are challenged by the misconception that science classes are not necessary or critical for students without science related career goals. Yet, many issues people confront in their lives every day are science related. These can include medical treatments, disease prevention, global warming, ozone depletion, biotechnology research, alternative energies, use and management of our natural resources, and many more.. Clearly, science is all around us.

Considerations for the Creation of Scientific Laboratory

Experiments for a Home-Based LabPaq
by Dr. Paul Vorndam|

The design of science lab experiments to be conducted by unsupervised students in a home environment often requires more attention to detail than the conceptually same experiments that would be conducted in a school on-campus laboratory. In on-campus labs, the instructor is readily available to clarify any instructions and answer questions.

I Have a Dog that Doesn't Shed

by Seth Prezant

I look back on this past year and, like many of you, I think about what I have achieved since last January. This leads me to think about the things I didn't achieve and that reminds me of all the things I don't have. Then I start really looking at what I need to achieve the following year so I can get the things I don't have and boy, it just makes me sad because thinking about what I don't have includes my Father and both Grandparents. Now if you ever read the book, "If you give a mouse a cookie" you know where this is heading. 

How to Study Science Independently: Advice for High School Science Students

by Linda Jeschofnig, M.S. and Peter Jeschofnig, Ph.D.

It is so unfortunate that many people develop a fear of science somewhere early in life. Yes, the natural sciences are not the easiest subjects to learn, but neither are they the hardest. In the authors' opinion, the sciences are the most fun and the most useful of all subjects to study.

Who Did I Get THIS Nose From!

by Professor Kate Lormand, M.S.

Have you ever wondered where you your physical traits came from? Maybe someone has exclaimed “you look just like Uncle Horatio”……and you are a girl! From the beginnings of time man has had a basic understanding of the concept behind genetics as is evident from the domestication of plants and animals. As man observed traits that were desirable in plants and animals he would selectively breed for those traits.