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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 worksheet

Plate Tectonics

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.

homemade barometer

Homemade Thermometer and Barometer

Learn to make a homemade thermometer and homemade barometer to really understand how these weather tools work.

watercolor picture of kids with pop bottle ecosystems

Pop Bottle Ecosystem

Pop bottle ecosystems show how living and non-living parts of the environment interact and depend on each other.

black widow spider with egg sac

Life Cycle of a Spider

The life cycle of a spider printable with book suggestions, info on the life cycle of the black widow, and a video to watch.

watercolor of a kids doing a chemistry experiment with hard water

Hard Water Experiment

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.

watercolor kids in a hula hoop demonstrating states of matter

Solids, Liquids, and Gases

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.

watercolor of boys doing heat conduction experiment

Heat Conduction Experiment

This is an easy experiment with household materials to show how metal conducts heat better than wood or plastic.

Family studying rocks together

Learning About Rocks

Learn about rocks, from formation to identification, and get a printable rock cycle worksheet.

watercolor of a girl doing a density experiment

Floating Eggs Experiment

Float an egg in salt water and plain water to do some density tests. Then calculate density with your older students.

watercolor of kids holding crystals

Growing Crystals

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.

Marble Roller Coaster

Marble Roller Coaster Challenge

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.

kids doing an experiment using the scientific method

A Simple Introduction To The Scientific Method

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.

watercolor diagram of eyes


Do an eye dissection while you learn first hand about the parts of an eye.

Algae and Pollution

Test out various pollutants to see how they affect the algae in pond water.

climate map of the world


Use the library list and the printable map of the world to learn about the four major climates on earth.

Watercolor of kids playing with magnets

Magnetism and Learning About Magnets

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!

The Periodic Table

Print and color the periodic table as you learn about the elements with your kids from 5th grade and up.

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