Electricity

Our January 25th Homeschool Connect was about Electricity- We got to play with squishy circuits, makey makey, and so many other fun things, along with learning about electricity.

Books:

Electricity: A Question and Answer Book by Adele Richardson

Energizing Science Projects With Electricity and Magnetism by Robert Gardner

Building Blocks of Science: Electricity by Joseph Midthun and Samuel Hiti

Video

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Electricity

Educational Links:

The Children’s University of Manchester – Energy and the Environment
Great site that talks about how energy is made, renewable and non-renewable energy sources, it also has a couple of games that have go along with their website

Science Kids: Electricity for Kids
Great site with lots of information about electricity, games, and experiments

United States Government

Our November 23rd Homeschool Connect was about the United States Government- We explored the different branches of the government and voted for our favorite fictional bear.

Books:

Grace For President by Kate DiPuchio

So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George

Video

Schoolhouse Rock: The Preamble

Schoolhouse Rock: Just a Bill

Activity Links

Government Interactive Notebook & a Free Presentation

Educational Links:

Kids Discover

Note: You need an account to download this document, but the account is free.

Government for Kids

Ducksters United States Government

Congress for Kids

Aboriginal Art

Our October 26th  Homeschool Connect was about Aboriginal Art- We learned a little about Aboriginal lifestyle, culture, sports, and art.

Books:

Ready to Dream By Donna Jo Napoli
Aboriginal Rights Movement by World Book

Activities

Traditional Aboriginal Activities and Games – An extensive list of Aboriginal Games, some with video explanation.

Resources

NAICD Activity KitThis PDF has a ton of different craft, game, song ideas 

State Library of Queensland This PDF has some cool word searches, and a list of books that is quite extensive

Rock Art World Heritage Site

Australian Rock Art Archive

Bradshaw Foundation

National Museum Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space

Our September 28th Homeschool Connect was about Space- We explored the different planets by going on a planet walk, played planet riddles, and learned a little about space exploration.

Books:

Mousetranaut By Mark Kelly
National Geographic Kids: First Big Book of Space by Catherine D. Hughes Saturn Could Sail: and Other Fun Facts by Laura Lyn DiSiena and Hannah Eliot
Explore the Solar System by Anita Yasuda

Activities

Walk The Planets

Solar System Hat

Solar System Scavenger Hunt

Solar System Beads http://science-mattersblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Solar%20System

Video

Chris Hadfield’s Space Kitchen

Resources

Rotating Vs. Revolving

NASA For Kids – Solar System

NASA Kids Club

NASA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biomes: The Rainforest

Our March 2015 Homeschool Connect is about the rainforest biome. We learned about the different layers of the rainforest, as well as the plants and animals that call the rainforest their home.

Activities

Additional Informational Packet

This blog has a wonderful educational packet to expand on what we learned at Homeschool Connect


Information packet photos

These are the photos that go into the informational packet listed above.

Resources

Mongabay: Tropical Rainforests

This resource has tons of information about the rainforest, the people who live there, and also what we can do to save it. Mongabay also has teacher resources.

Rainforest Alliance

Not only does this site have a lot of wonderful information, it also has informational coloring pages, virtual storybooks, and a virtual rainforest visit!

World’s Biomes: Rainforest

This resource has a lot of cool links to other websites for additional information.

Science Kids: Rainforest Facts

This is a good site for fast facts about the rainforest.

PBS: Journey into Amazonia

This awesome site includes teacher resources!

National Geographic: Rainforest at Night

This site lets you explore the rainforest at night (it’s interactive!).

Rainforest Animals

This site has a ton of information about the rainforest, along with links to other resources, books, and so much more.

San Diego Zoo: Rainforests

The San Diego Zoo website has a ton of great information and pictures about the different animals that live in the rainforest.