Great Science Adventures
Great Science Adventures is for K-8th grades. I really liked using this for my youngest two. I really wish I had discovered it for my older three! It saved me from having to do two different sciences and two different workbooks/textbooks. I really like the way science is presented and how “hands-on” it is. For each lesson (and the order that I show varies):
1st the students read the information from a “library book” that is provided in the back of the book(you are given permission to make multiple copies), there are vocabulary words that you can ask the students if they understand them (if they are old enough and if not you can explain!).
2nd the students usually do an activities, which reinforces what they just read. It might be a paper project that they are working on at the time. The books call this the “graphic organizer”.
3rd is usually another activity of some sort. The book indicates whether the activity is for the kindergartner (indicated by a picture of one crayon) two or three crayons (three crayons indicate the activity is the most advanced).
4th is what the book calls the “investigative loop”, the lab part. What I loved about the labs is they usually require things that can be found around the house. (I am a premier procrastinator, so this was a huge plus for me!) The labs reinforce the terms/topic of the lesson of the day.
5th is an additional ideas section that you can pick and choose what to assign to your student or have your student decide what to so, it is what the books call “Experiences, Investigations, and Research”. Your student can do an art project, reading from a library search, or internet search among other things.
There usually is some sort of paper project (the “graphic organizer”) that is done that each student works on for the majority of the book. It is a showcase of what they learn, and is a lot of fun. There is a lot of opportunity for the students to add color to their work (coloring), but neither of my kids wanted to do that, so theirs was very black and white!
There are 24 lessons, with 24 “library books”, and 24 activities. I was able to do science twice a week and I did one whole book in the fall and one in the spring. It was a huge sense of accomplishment!