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Science Sample Lessons
Layers of Learning teaches science through hands-on experiments and living books from your library. Families learn principles of the natural world, discuss some of the controversies regarding science, and learn how science is done so they can contribute to future discoveries. Science is an integral part of the Layers of Learning curriculum. Try some sample lessons as a family to see how Layers of Learning works.
Plate tectonics is the unifying theory of geology. It explains how the whole surface of the earth changes and why it looks the way it looks. Use printables and coloring to teach these concepts to your kids.
Learn to make a homemade thermometer and homemade barometer to really understand how these weather tools work.
Pop bottle ecosystems show how living and non-living parts of the environment interact and depend on each other.
The life cycle of a spider printable with book suggestions, info on the life cycle of the black widow, and a video to watch.
Dissolve some calcium in water to see how soap is affected by minerals in hard water. Along the way you’ll learn abut some of the properties of water.
Get a bunch of kids together and have them climb into a hula hoop to demonstrate the tightly packed molecules of a solid then the looser packed molecules of a liquid and the widely space molecules of a gas.
This is an easy experiment with household materials to show how metal conducts heat better than wood or plastic.
Learn about rocks, from formation to identification, and get a printable rock cycle worksheet.
Float an egg in salt water and plain water to do some density tests. Then calculate density with your older students.
Grow your own crystals overnight then examine them through a magnifying glass. Look for faces and vertexes. Compare the crystals you grew to ones that form under the earth.
Here’s a hands-on physics experiment. Challenge your kids to get a marble to travel through a roller coaster made with a foam pipe.
Learn about the scientific method and design your own experiment using the principles you learned. Plus grab the experiment write up sheets to record your results.
Do an eye dissection while you learn first hand about the parts of an eye.
Test out various pollutants to see how they affect the algae in pond water.
Use the library list and the printable map of the world to learn about the four major climates on earth.
Play with magnets in this unit as you learn how they work. Build a magnet boat and grab the printable magnet book with even more explorations!
Print and color the periodic table as you learn about the elements with your kids from 5th grade and up.
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