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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.

Hard Water Experiment

Learn about the difference between hard and soft water by mixing some of your own in this hard water experiment. Hard water just means water that has minerals in it. …

Solids, Liquids, and Gases

The states of matter can be confusing.  We often show them (like when we show an ice cube, a glass of water, and then steam rising from the pot on …

Heat Conduction Experiment

Heat conduction is when heat is transferred through molecular agitation without any movement of the object as a whole.  Essentially, as a molecule heats up, it moves and shakes quickly, …

Family studying rocks together

Learning About Rocks

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

Floating Eggs Experiment

Try this cool floating eggs experiment to study density.  First, make a saturated solution of salt and warm water.  We added blue food coloring for fun too.  When the salt …

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.


Eyes are some of the most complex structures of the body.  They use light and electrical impulses to allow our brains to see our surroundings. Human eyesight is our strongest …

Algae and Pollution

How does pollution affect algae?  Try this algae and pollution experiment to find out. Before you begin this experiment get the scientific method worksheet and use this process to set …


Climate refers to all the factors that make up the weather of a particular place on earth. It includes, rain fall, temperature, wind, storms, and seasonal changes.  There are four …

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 of the elements explained simply for kids and their parents.

The Periodic Table

The periodic table of the elements is a visual way that chemists have developed to organize the elements of the universe.  With this method elements are grouped next to other …

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