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experiment-based science curriculum?

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Hi there, 

I am looking for a very hands-on science program for my kiddos for the next year.  We have never used a science book before - we have purchased experiment kids, and they have used lots of resource books to supplement.  I am looking to stay relatively nature-based for the next year, but I am out of kits!  We have done science on a nature hike, tracking expedition, and on a garden adventure.  Kids will be around grades 2 and 4.  Any ideas?  We aren't opposed to either religious or secular science books, as long as they are solid in the subject matter.  Thanks for your help!!

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Real Science Odyssey!  It is my favorite science curriculum for elementary.  The "text" isn't really a text, but rather a compilation of labs and some student pages.  There is an extensive book list; you don't read all of them, just pick a couple (we just checked our library).  If your child is really interested in a topic, it is easy to take it further (they include activity/lab books on their book book list and websites too).  It is a very flexible program.  My favorite part is that you can download a good chunk of it as a "try before you buy".  Here is the link: http://www.pandiapress.com/?page_id=50

 

Amy

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We've liked TOPS, which offers experiment-based curriculum booklets, or compilations of booklets in larger resource manuals. We've only used at the middle school level and up, for chemistry, so I don't have direct experience with the life sciences and elementary stuff. I will say, though, that even with chemistry we've found the materials/ingredients to be easily sourced, the instructions clear, the experiments interesting and often quite unique, and the results fairly reliable. www.topscience.org

 

Miranda

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I forgot all about TOPS Miranda!  I am checking it out for my middle schooler; thanks for the link.

 

Amy

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