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Subject: Science for grades 3-5?
Date Posted: 7/28/2009 10:52 AM ET
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Hi all. My first post here. Does anyone have any suggestions for a curriculum/book that I can teach both 3rd grade and 5th grade together besides Apologia?




Date Posted: 7/28/2009 11:40 AM ET
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How about Considering God's Creation?

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 3:52 PM ET
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Using this with my 8 and 11 year old.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 4:44 PM ET
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Both great ideas that are not well-known. Thanks for bringing those to my attention. I appreciate it!

Subject: guesthollow
Date Posted: 7/28/2009 10:42 PM ET
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This is the one we are using this year.  My friend used it last year and loved it.  Lots of the books can be found in the local library.

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 6:59 PM ET
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I'd vote for Noeo science.

Find them at www.noeoscience.com

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 12:35 AM ET
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Great Science Adventures by Dinah Zike

I have an unpostable Tools and Technology from this series.  Free with another order off my shelf.

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Subject: Science 2 suggestions
Date Posted: 8/2/2009 6:46 PM ET
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Kathryn Stout has a book titled Science Scope if you wanted a curriculum outline where you use library resources to design your own program.  Very useful book.

Answers in Genesis has a science series called "God's Design for Science."  I am currently using Properties of Ecosystems from this series.  The book has color coded sections, some students only do a portion, but a more advanced student or older student will do all sections.  It's colorful and easy to implement.  I doubt that you will find many used copies available though, because this series was recently updated.  You may be able to obtain old version, but it's not in color.

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 8:30 PM ET
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The Brown Paper School Books - Gee Whiz and Blood and Guts  are enjoyable (and available through paperbackswap - I have them on my shelf :-)  ) are fun - my fourth grader used them and enjoyed them.  They are a little off-beat, not textbook-y but fun and engaging.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 12:42 PM ET
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I've used Abeka in the past but this year I'm using Considering God's Creation with 3 kidlets in grades 1, 3 &4.

I liked Abeka and would use it again but I wanted more hands on stuff for my kidlets. They enjoy that kind of thing and they'll have a nice notebook at the end of the year with all their work in it.


Date Posted: 8/4/2009 2:11 PM ET
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Real Science 4 Kids the lowest level, chem, biology, physics

Also as Matthew A said, Science Scope can help you use real children's books from the library or that you own to know when a topic has been covered enough. You may be surprised at how much can be learned by reading picture books on science topics for kids aged 4-8.

Date Posted: 8/8/2009 7:21 AM ET
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God's Design for... series by Answers in Genesis and R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey from Pandia Press (www dot pandiapress dot com).  R.E.A.L. is written from a strictly neutral POV, so there's no mention of evolution, big bang, "billions of years ago", etc.  You get to fill in that part yourself. :)  Also, REAL is very hands-on and fun!  Another contender I almost went with for science this year was Elemental Science, written by a homeschool mom.  For Earth Science, you HAVE to check out Myrna Martin's Ring of Fire Science at www dot sciencekitsforkids dot com.  I have some old editions on loan from a friend and they look so fun yet so very thorough!  Myrna has always answered my phone messages w/in a day.  We're going to build models of different crystals - their molecular structure - with gumdrops and toothpicks.