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Review: Science Lessons and Investigations - Grade 1

We got this science booklet called Science Lessons and Investigations - Grade 1. It is by Evan-Moor publisher. This science curriculum goes over quite a bit animals, plants, earth science and physical science. At the very beginning of the book there is a page for teachers to copy so they can ask the parents to have their child bring certain materials and a page for a science journal. So, this great for public school teacher as well as homeschool teachers that teach a co-op. The lessons are done very nice. What I have done is torn out the perforated pages so that I can staple them together at the end for our daughter to have a booklet about the lessons we have done.

Each lesson starts with the teacher overview with all the information that you will need about teaching the lesson. Then the work starts with a title page for the child to write their name on. This is why I decided to turn them into booklets I figured it just made sense with the title page. Then you will go over the terminology that will be in the lesson. Our daughter already knew what all the things meant so this part went really fast for us. Then there is a reading section. Since our daughter is only 6 I read it to her and would have answered any questions she had but she did not have any for me. Following this will the work for child to do that is over the vocabulary words and the reading section. Some of the lessons will have a "I wonder why" page and some of them also have a STEM challenge. The end of the lessons will have an experiment/project to do.

I did look through all the lessons to see what each one was about and as I did this I noticed that we have already gone over everything that is in this curriculum. So even though it says it is for 1st grade I would suggest it for kindergarten. I asked our daughter if she still wanted to complete the book and she did. It must be a lot of fun for her to want to do them even though she already knows everything in it. I asked what she liked best about the lessons and she responded with that she liked the experiments/projects best. We got this one from Timberdoodle and we also got the 2nd grade version so I am excited to see what that one will have for its lessons. The only real negative I found was that the pages are all in black and white making some of the pictures a bit harder to see. I also would not consider this a complete curriculum but it would be nice to use an add-on or for when you need a fun project to do. We try to do a big science project every month. What science curriculum do you like best? Let us know what you use.


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