Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Science Schedule

Following is a table that breaks down the order in which we have planned our science units.

If we were to follow the lessons as they are in the curriculum lesson plans, we would have 45 weeks of science study. Since that goes a little over what we want, we turned a few of the animal lessons into 1 week studies and incorporated them with Harcourt materials. We also decided to combine the human body units of study with the Harcourt corresponding unit. Of course, we can always just omit what we want.

Science is not a big deal in terms of grading, so our main objective is to fulfill the needs of the kids. They are big science buffs (as is DH) and we want to be able to satisfy their curiosity in a fun way while getting them to learn along the way. The great thing is that I feel like we are being completely flexible with our schedule. We are not committing to this many units, but I know that with DH teaching science, it will probably all get done.

To put things in perspective. We school year-round and we will be starting with this first grade science plan within the next couple of weeks. Maybe if time permits, I'll make a list of all the books we will be using to go along with each unit.

LLB = Living Learning Books

*= Units to shorten or omit


Whales (LLB)

2 Weeks

Elephants (LLB)

2 Weeks

Snakes (LLB)

2 Weeks

Ants (LLB)

2 Weeks

Eagles (LLB)

2 Weeks

Butterflies (LLB)

2 Weeks

Primates (LLB)

2 Weeks

Leaves and Roots (LLB)

2 Weeks

Growing Things (LLB)

1 Week

Flowers (LLB)

1 Week

Trees (LLB)

1 Week

Carnivorous Plants (LLB)

1 Week

Pandas* (LLB)

1-2 Weeks

Frogs* (LLB)

1-2 Weeks

Penguins* (LLB)

1-2 Weeks

Harcourt Intro

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.1/Lesson1

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.1/Lesson2

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.1/Lesson3

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.1 Review/Links

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.2/Lesson1

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.2/Lesson2

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.2 Links

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.3/Lesson1

Exploring the Five Senses (LLB)

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.3/Lesson2

Sight (LLB)

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.3/Lesson3

Hearing(LLB)

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.3/Lesson4

Touch (LLB)

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.3 Links

Smell (LLB)

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.3 Review and Activities

Taste (LLB)

1 Week

Harcourt Chp.3 Activities

Digestion (LLB)

1 Week

Muscles & Bones (LLB)

1 Week

Respiration (LLB)

1 Week

Skin (LLB)

1 Week

Immune System (LLB)

1 Week

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