I am excited to tell you about this Weather Detectives Science Curriculum. In fact, I’m excited to share an amazing homeschool resource with you where there is more than just this science unit. But more about that later!
About the Product:
Jill, over at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom (EHM), has created a thorough weather unit for students in grades 2 through 5. My children are a little bit younger than this, but the curriculum is flexible enough that I could pick out what the kids could do. This PDF Download is FREE to those who have a Membership with EHM. The membership is a once in a lifetime amount of $15.00.
Weather Detectives is a year-long science unit that has 12 sections and more than 150 pages. These cover everything from temperature to rain, and snow to hurricanes. She gives a plan for how to use the lessons, but it is easy enough to rearrange the units depending upon the season you are living through at the moment. (Think hurricane season, or snow!) Each unit begins with the children thinking through what they already know about the subject. Then the subject is presented through glossary terms, written instruction, writing activities, and experiments.
How We Used the Product:
Because my kids are younger than the recommended ages, I had to think through how I wanted to teach this curriculum. It wasn’t too hard. Instead of having the kids write the answers, we answered the questions orally. For the reading sections, I would read them aloud and skip the paragraphs that seemed a little too “over their heads.” There were practice sections, such as reading a thermometer, which the kids were able to do well. It was fun to see them grasp that objective!
The experiments ranged from simple kitchen type activities to more elaborate experiments such as making a weather vane. I stuck with the more simple ones because I plan on using this curriculum again in about 3-4 years. THEN the children will be ready (and care about!) making these really neat experiments.
I absolutely LOVE all of the curriculum and printables that Enchanted Homeschool Mom produces. They are bright and colorful, age-appropriate, and cover a variety of subjects. She does notebooking, lapbooking, preschool, elementary, history, geography, alphabet, writing…etc., etc., etc. To get a good idea of everything that EHM offers, you can visit her website and download her catalog.
Jill also has a NEW curriculum that will be released at the end of the month of February. Journey into the World of Folktales is for 1st through 5th graders. This will be a 1-2 year curriculum exploring folktales all around the world with a lot of hands on activities, language arts components, plus geography work!
Here is my recommendation…GET A MEMBERSHIP!! It’s only $15 for life! And then you can use anything on the site in your homeschool. If you lead a co-op, you can get the $30 membership, and for LIFE, you can use anything for co-op classes.