Space science and nature study collide as you learn about the amazing, observable objects that seem so far away in the sky. You won’t want to miss this adventure!
Space looks so far away that it might not seem like a great topic for nature study, but it is! Space science and nature study science go perfectly together because there is so much we can actually observe from space on a regular basis.
In this space science curriculum for 1st-8th graders, your children will learn wonderfully amazing facts about easily observable objects in space – all without ever going outdoors if you prefer! Your entire family can join along to learn together as you discover through various modes of text, video, nature journaling, simple hands-on experiences, and kid-friendly research. Best of all, you can easily pick and choose from whichever learning opportunities you like without sacrificing any information!
Eight exciting lessons will take you on a journey through space to discover:
- What space is
- The sun
- The moon
- Shooting stars
You’ll have opportunities to complete easy experiments that connect to space science and also happen to teach other scientific principles, too, like chemical reactions, physical reactions, surface tension, and more!
Nature journaling prompts boost observation skills as your children view specimen images to help them gain a better understand of the interesting characteristics of things in space. The understanding takes another step further as your children practice listening and research skills in order to participate in discussions, write nature journal notes, and complete compelling (and relatively easy) research.
All of this amazing learning happens while having fun and without very much prep time for parents. In fact, the only real prep time occurs if you choose to do the hands-on exploration activities. Otherwise, the curriculum is pretty much open and go! Lots of learning with “just enough” choices in learning to make it fit your homeschool or classroom perfectly!
- 36 pages
- Digital curriculum
- Appropriate for black and white printing, but printing is not necessary
- Content suitable for charter schools
What is No Sweat Nature Study?
Have you ever wished for a nature study that simply didn’t require any outdoor time?
No packing of bags full of nature journals and sunblock.
No half-days spent driving to and from the nature trails.
No whining about the temperature that’s either too hot or too cold.
Well, it’s here.
The No Sweat Nature Study series allows you to teach nature-based lessons from the comfort of your home or classroom using an amazing variety of fresh resources that will make a deep scientific impact on your students.
Through the use of kid-friendly, hand-selected videos, websites, online images, and books, you can teach nature study topics to multiple ages in short bursts of time.
Wait. Some of you are die-hard fans of “real” nature study – the outdoor kind – and you’re wondering how this curriculum could be legit, aren’t you?
Trust me when I say I am all for getting outdoors for real-life nature study. In fact, nature walks have been a weekly habit around our house for years and years now – and they’ve made a huge difference in our homeschool.
Some people just don’t like getting outside, though. Others struggle with time, energy, health, or climate issues. Some are attempting to teach nature study in co-ops or classrooms without options to get outdoors frequently.
I want everyone to have the opportunity to study in-depth nature topics, and this curriculum is just about as close to real life nature walks as you can get without going outside.
But, don’t stop reading just yet my “real” nature study friend. YOU can benefit from this curriculum, too! It’s a great way to add some depth and understanding to things you’re already discovering in the field during your nature walks.
Whether your a fan of nature walks or not, you’ll find this series to provide you with a unique method to experience nature study!
- You get to choose exactly how much and what you study as you work through eight lessons.
- The activities are leveled for difficulty, while allowing you the opportunity to do more or less depending on the interests and abilities of your students.
- Whether you do a little or a lot from each lesson, rest assured that serious nature-based science will be learned.
This curriculum is perfect to add to a morning time routine. It’s also perfect to use once-a-week as a supplement to your regular science curriculum. If you choose to do all the lessons and really dig deep within each, you could use No Sweat Nature Study as your complete science curriculum for whichever topics you choose. How you choose to use it is really up to you!
Written with 1st-8th graders in mind, the topics are really very in-depth. Using kid-size terminology and resources, I think you’ll be surprised and excited about how much scientific information your students are able to absorb!
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