“Science and religion no more contradict each other than light and electricity.” ~William Hiram Foulkes
Otter’s Homeschool Science Curriculum – A homeschool science curriculum where you can combine a multitude of ages, use “living books” and do lots of hands on activities! There are three different levels: preschool-first grade, 2nd-8th grade, and high school. These programs are secular, but notes alert Christian parents about any evolutionary references (there are just a few). Each program is 100% free!
Integrated Science (Includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth & Space Science) – Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (PASS) volumes written by Florida educators are free, ready-to-use resources in PDF format that may be reproduced or used as a workbook. The student volumes are presented in an easy-to-understand format for students seeking a standard diploma.
JumpStart Science Worksheets and Activities – Free and fun printable science worksheets and activities for Grades 1-5.
Physical Science (includes Chemistry & Physics) – Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (PASS) volumes written by Florida educators are free, ready-to-use resources in PDF format that may be reproduced or used as a workbook. The student volumes are presented in an easy-to-understand format for students seeking a standard diploma.
ScienceCourseware.org – The Virtual Courseware Project produces interactive, online simulations for the life science laboratory or for earth science field studies. The activities are designed to enhance an existing curriculum and include online assessments. They can be used by students ranging from middle school, high school, or college classrooms. Register for a new teacher account – it’s free.
Science Glossary – A list of key terms that appear in Contemporary’s GED Science. Click on the links within the definitions to view interactive flashcards for the key terms by chapter.
The Why Files – This site based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison explores the science, math and technology behind the news of the day and presents those topics in a clear, accessible and accurate manner. Eager to explain the science behind the news, The Why Files produces a new story each week, alternating longer features with shorter stories. They also reprise older stories that become relevant to the headlines. The site includes interactive science animations, classroom activities, the ever-popular “Cool Science Images,” The Weather Guys, and Curiosities. The Why Files supports National Science Standards for grades 5-12.
History & Nature of Science
A Science Odyssey: People and Discoveries – This site contains brief biographies of the men and women responsible for the 20th century’s greatest achievements in science.
Activities & Experiments
Big Book of Fun Science Experiments – This book is about science experiments that you can do in the home and experiments that you can nag your teacher to do in school.
Nanna Know-it-All – Free Educational Science Podcasts.
Science Fair Project on the Web – This site teaches you how to create and carry out a scientific experiment.
Science Activities and Games – Large Selection of FREE Science Experiments Sorted by Grade! From Kindergarten Bubble Science to Cartoon Physics in High School, the Education.com website contains hundreds of great ideas with easy to follow lesson plans!
Science is Fun Home Experiments – Share the fun of scientific experimentation with friends and family members.
Science Experiments You Can Do – This site contains instructions for several easy science experiments.
Steve Spangler Science – Steve Spangler is a science teacher/toy designer perhaps best known for showing millions of people how to turn an ordinary bottle of soda into an erupting geyser in his now famous Mentos Geyser Experiment. His website contains lots of free experiments that can be done with simple items you have around the house or can get at the grocery store. These experiments would be a great activity for the whole family to enjoy doing together! The accompanying videos are fun to watch even if you are not going to do the experiments yourself. Join his newsletter and receive a FREE science Experiment of the Week. A great resource for making science fun!
McWizKid Science – Get excited about teaching your children science using these engaging science book and science kits! Add excitement to your present science program or make this motivational Deluxe Science Kit and curriculum your entire physical science program for the year. In addition, you can join the McWizKid Club and get a science experiment package with explanation and materials sent directly to your home each and every month for only $9.95… or sign up for FREE monthly science experiments via e-mail. Either way, this is a science education wrapped up in fun and the best “hands-on” science value anywhere!
Creation-based Science Experiments – Creation-based science experiments include: The Miracle We Call a Feather, The Miracle of a Cell, Fossils: Proof of a Global Flood, and The Miracle of Water – courtesy of Russ Miller at Creation, Evolution & Science Ministries.
Backyard Scientist – Jane Hoffman, the Backyard Scientist, is the author of an award-winning series of science books for all ages that excite, motivate and instruct. Also available from the Backyard Scientist is the “Parent Guide to Teaching Science.” This work covering grades K –12 helps parents insure they are teaching the science subjects their students should be learning by grade level.
FREE Backyard Scientist Experiments for Home Educators
At one time, Jane Hoffman (a.k.a. the Backyard Scientist) provided FREE hands-on experiments for publication in homeschool newsletters. In fact, you may have seen them in my Knowledge House Newsletter. These hands-on science experiments are NOT contained in her award-winning Backyard Scientist books and science kits. Here are the links to all of the previous experiments so you can catch up on the ones that you missed.