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Water, Water Everywhere
Category: Science
Tags: water water cycle ecosystems desalination

Here are some free resources to learn all about water, starting with this activity that demonstrates desalination.

More Resources:

 

Water Use and ConservationActivities and videos.

 Estimation and Graphing Activity:

Free Notebooking Activity:

Water Activity Book: Grades K-3

Water In Our Daily Lives: Lessons, worksheets, and animation describing where water comes from, and how it moves and is affected by different factors, like runoff. The learning material uses New York City as an example, but suggests how to adapt it to any city or town.

Interactive Water Cycle Diagram and Quiz

Salt in Ecosystems: (accompanying worksheet)

Science Concepts Learned From Water: (Read the full article)



Summer Learning
Category: Academics
Tags: summer learning summer activities smithsonian institution summer homeschool ideas

In an effort to help parents stave off the dreaded "summer learning loss," a variety of free programs are available online, and more are popping up all the time. Here's a list of some of the ones I've come across to help keep your kids learning and occupied throughout the summer: 

Start with a BookThis site has printable Reading Adventure Packs for grades K - 3, covering a variety of topics, including Bugs, Birds, and Animals; Flight; Time and Time Travel; and others (24 altogether). You'll also find links to hands-on activities, writing prompts, websites and mobile apps.

Newsela Summer Reading ClubsFor grades 2 - 12, students can join clubs on a variety of interests, including animals, technology, movies, and more.

Explorer HQBecome an intrepid explorer and complete a variety of unusual missions to earn badges.

Science of Summer: Explore the science behind summer activities at this PBS LearningMedia site. Topics include the physics of sailing, the chemistry of campfires, the science of blowing bubbles, the mineral composition of sand, and the forces that allow humans to ride bicycles and roller coasters.

Maker CampFeatures a collection of projects to make at home.

Camp WonderopolisExplore wonders about music and how it relates to other fields, such as science, math and history.

Electric CompanyTheir summer learning program includes YouTube videos and corresponding worksheets for math and vocabulary. A guide and other PDF resources can be downloaded from the main summer learning page. 

Camp GoNoodleEach week in July, you receive an email with  new adventures and activities, both online and off, and the ability to earn badges. 

Self-Learning for KidsNot really a program, but a very long list of free, self-learning online resources for kids in pre-K through sixth grades. There are 75 resources, organized by type.

(More resources listed in comments sections below)



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 HandbookIncludes diagrams and descriptions of skin, senses, body systems and brain.

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.

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