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Focus on Food
Category: Misc.
Tags: food food science farm to table agriculture growing corn types of sandwiches

Farm to Fork: Even if your kids understand that the food we eat does not originate at the supermarket, you may still want to check out the Tesco Eat Happy Project. It focuses on teaching kids about where food comes from, how it’s made, and how to prepare it in nutritious and delicious ways. The site provides access to such free resources as:

  • virtual field trips: Each focuses on a particular food, like salmon, or tea. These are live trips that can be accessed through Google+ Hangouts. (Two upcoming trips scheduled this month will feature peppers and tomatoes). You can also view archived videos, and download associated information sheets (eg. life cycle of a salmon; history of tea infographic).
  • lesson plans and activities: You can look for ones that go with a particular field trip, or search by age, subject, or food group.
  • yummy recipes: There are a wide variety of ideas here that can be filtered by age and food group.

Cornucopia: Learn about the domestication of maize, and its development into a food and fuel at WeedToWonder.org. There’s comprehensive information here, including how new varieties of corn were produced, and the rise of corn genetics, leading to further transformation of this and other key plants. Text is presented in easily navigated chapters, with associated videos and interactives. In addition, there are a couple of labs you can do, one involving the study of inherited traits, the other, an investigation of genotype and phenotype, both using corn.

Explore Food: The Science of Cooking features information, activities, webcasts and interactives on a variety of food topics, including how different candies are made; breads of the world; journey through an organic egg farm; fascinating pickle facts; spice map, and more.

Design a Glog about Sandwiches: For this project, from FamilyConsumersicences.com, choose a type of sandwich to research, and present such facts as the history of a particular sandwich, food groups it represents, recipe, etc. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will find the free downloads for this project, including project instructions, a nice powerpoint describing types of sandwiches, and a fill-in-the-blank note sheet to go with the PowerPoint.

Free Books About Food

Feeding a Growing Population: This online science module from Concord Consortium features data analysis activities exploring how we use our land and soil, climate and crop growth, improving soil quality, and improving agricultural methods.

(Click pic for full infographic on food idioms).



Free Science and Health PDF Text/Workbooks
Category: Science
Tags: health science

K - 6

McGraw-Hill Science Instructional Texts: Interactive Textbooks, Reading and Writing in Science, and Lab Books, grades 1 - 6: 

McGraw-Hill: Science, A Closer Look Lab, Writing and Test Prep booklets, grades 1 - 6

Harcourt Health Handbook: Text and diagrams covering skin, eyes, ears, and body systems. 

Harcourt Health and Fitness Workbooks, grades K - 6

McGraw-Hill Science, 2002 Activity worksheets (graphic organizers, fill-in exercises, etc.) that can be downloaded for the matching K - 6 textbook. (When you visit the link, if you come to a username and password box, type in "technology" for both). 

Thunderbolt Kids: Features grades 4 - 6 science and technology lessons that can be viewed online, or you can download here the books (which match the online material and include questions and activities), the teachers' guides (which contain answer keys and teacher notes, and corresponding science adventure comic books.

Mr. Q's Elementary Life Science: 36-week textbook, with separate student and parent editions.

Middle School

Holt Physical Science Full Textbook

CPO ScienceThe following links are for full textbooks and accompanying "investigations" lab books: Life Science Text; Life Science Investigations; Earth Science Text; Earth Science Investigations; Physical Science Text; Physical Science Investigations

Glencoe Teen Health Textbooks

Glencoe Teen Health Workbooks

High School

Holt Lifetime Health: full textbook

Annenberg Learner's The Habitable Planet environmental science textbook.

If anyone knows of any other free textbooks that can be downloaded, please add the links to the comments.

Science In Your Garden
Category: Science
Tags: science for kids garden earth science life science

If you’re looking for some hands-on activities to study earth and life science, head out to a garden. It’s a living lab that affords all kinds of opportunities to observe science concepts in the natural world, such as:

 

  • interdependence in an environment

  • life cycles and changes

  • adaptations and biodiversity

  • human impact on the environment.

While in the field, kids get a chance to be the scientists by asking questions, making observations, and coming up with explanations for what they see based on evidence. They can define problems they may encounter in a garden (eg. a plant-damaging pest), and gather additional information to brainstorm solutions.

For an idea of the kinds of investigations that can be done in a garden, visit LifeLab, a Santa Cruz-based non-profit organization that hosts field trips and summer camps at their garden classroom. Or go online to download their free garden exploration units for grades 1 - 4. Each unit - Pondering Plants, Soil Stories, Garden Pollinators, and Garden Habitats - includes six lessons.

Additional free resources available at the LifeLab site:

 

Here are some more ideas from KidsGardening, like creating a biosphere in a bottle.

 

For Middle and High School Grades

 

Nature Works Everywhere has a variety of free gardening lesson plans and videos, including, How Dirt Works, and activity guides on Habitats, Living Systems, Soil, Water, Food and Carbon, and others. These guides and others can be found on their Resources page.

 

From the Ground Up, The Science of Soil has free lesson plans and labs on a variety of soil topics including composition and nutrients; there are also free family activities for testing your soil, careers in soil science, and a garden guide.

 

Learn about diversity by tallying how many different species live in your neighborhood. 

 

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